Weekend, Jan 20-21, 2024 – Tim Story and Opium Moon

Cells, Smudges and Melody: Tim Story-The Echoes Interview

Tim Story and Hans-Joachim Roedelius

Tim Story used to be the ultimate melodicist with albums like The Perfect Flaw and Beguiled. But now he’s mutating sounds, often with German icon, Roedelius.

Tim Story is something of a legend in electronic and new age circles. He’s been recording since 1981 and was a pioneer in ambient chamber music with albums like Shadowplay.  But he also has an edgier side that has come out in his work with the avant-garde German electronic duo Cluster and especially the elder member of that group. Hans-Joachim Roedelius. He’s pretty much abandoned his signature sound.

Tim Story: I have a lot of people that say boy, I love Beguiled or I love Shadow Play, it’s one of my favorite records — and you know, are you gonna make another record like that?  And I feel bad in a way, but, but I can’t in some ways because I mean I could and I might actually still.

We talk to Tim Story and Roedelius about Tim’s shift from a melody maven to a dissonant dreamer on Echoes from PRX.

Tim Story Interview Playlist

Artist – Title – Album
Tim Story – The Perfect Flaw – The Perfect Flaw
Tim Story & Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Inlandish – Inlandish
Tim Story – Slippery Hours – Shadowplay
Tim Story & Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Lunz – Lunz
Tim Story & Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Cell Three – The Roedelius Cells
Tim Story & Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Cell Four- The Roedelius Cells
Cluster – Es War Einmal – Soweisoso
Tim Story & Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Enough – Lunz 3
Tim Story & Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Concise – Lunz 3
Tim Story & Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Querlig – Lunz 3
Tim Story – Rust Smudges – Rust Smudges 1
Tim Story & Hans-Joachim Roedelius – Spirit Clock – Four Hands

Weekend listeners may also journey into world fusion with Opium Moon. This is the Grammy winning ensemble who are part of a new wave of artists fusing sounds from the Middle east. Their music taps the overtly sensual sounds of this region. But Opium Moon’s Lili Hadyn says it’s all about the spirit.

Lili Hayden: Honestly, it’s all about flow. We’re letting the spirit move through us and if it’s coming though in a more sensual way, god bless. And if it comes in more of a sacred way than similarly.

We talk to this ensemble which includes acclaimed Canadian-American violinist violinist Lili Haydn, Iranian-American santurist Hamid Saeidi, American percussionist MB Gordy and Israeli-American bass guitarist Itai Disraeli.  Their new album is Where We Are Gathered. There has, perhaps never been a better time for their music of unity. Hear it tonight on Echoes from PRX.


Opium Moon – Time and Tide – Where We Are Gathered
Opium Moon – Wisdom – Night + Day
Opium Moon – When Their Wings – Night + Day
Opium Moon – Gravity=Love – Opium Moon
Opium Moon – Feast of Sevens – Night + Day
Opium Moon – Metta Prayer – Where We Are Gathered
Opium Moon – Through the Ages –Where We Are Gathered 
Opium Moon – Woman Life Freedom – Where We Are Gathered 
Opium Moon – The Mystery – Where We Are Gathered
Opium Moon – Back to the Beginning – Where We Are Gathered
Opium Moon – Through the Ages –Where We Are Gathered 
Opium Moon – Of Kiss and Wing –Where We Are Gathered 

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