The music of Tonal Assembly, the artist name of Taede A. Smedes, is a blend of the sound of Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream and Vangelis, spiced up by influences from Kraftwerk and 80s synthwave music. His tracks are thoroughly melodic, rhythmic compositions that at the same time have a meditative calmness to them.
Smedes: “There are many musical influences to be found in my music, most importantly those of Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis, and Kraftwerk. But also Dutch synthpop groups like Future World Orchestra and Peru have been a major influence, going back to my childhood years. I’m a child of the 1980s, and my own music tries to capture and emulate the warm sound of that era.”
“With my music I try to transport people out of their everyday world to imaginary places far from here. I am in the business of creating imaginary landscapes using merely a palette of sounds.”
“For me, the creativity inherent in composing electronic music touches on the Transcendent. To create sound is something most creatures do in some way or other. But to experience music seems to be a unique feature of human beings. Synthesizer technology (both in hardware but also software) allows humans to create sounds and melodies that cannot be found elsewhere in nature. The creative potential is unlimited, it is an amazing human invention.”
“Creating music is a very synesthetic experience. Sounds transform into colors in my mind, so that composing for me feels a lot like painting (a connection that was already obvious to the painter Kandinsky, whose works fascinate and inspire me). A lot could be said if only the words could be found. But having said that, the whole process of creating a piece of music remains a mystery to me. I hope this sense of mystery seeps through in my music.”