Loren Nerell

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Loren Nerell (born 1960) is a composer and performer of ambient music and Balinese gamelan. Loren has written music for film, theater, dance and interactive multi-media. He has performed with the Kronos Quartet, has recorded nine albums of original work, has appeared on several compilations and has made guest appearances on recordings from Steve Roach, Paul Haslinger, Djam Karet and L. Subramaniam. He spent several months in Java and Bali studying native styles of gamelan music, some of which he has performed in the greater Los Angeles area with other gamelan enthusiasts.

Loren Nerell was born in Long Beach, California. His early interest in electronic music began when he heard the Tangerine Dream album Rubycon. With it, he crossed over into a world of music that previously did not exist for him. He studied analog synthesis at Long Beach Community College eventually moving to San Diego State University where he was exposed to tape manipulation and tape composition techniques. He also began performing and studying Balinese gamelan music, and the microtonal composition of Harry Partch. From San Diego, Loren moved to California State University Dominguez Hills where he delved into computer synthesis, utilizing their Synclavier system.

After mastering the techniques he learned in school, he developed his own studio, stocking it with an array of vintage sound modules as well as the latest technology. He has worked in the music industry as a sound designer including a position at Oberheim Electronics, a synthesizer manufacturer, and as a recording engineer.

Loren received a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology and Geography from Cal Poly Pomona and a Master of Arts degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA. His thesis is on the ceremonial gamelan music of Bali called lelambatan.



. Point Of Arrival (LAN, Cassette, 1986)
. Book of Alchemy (LAN, Cassette, 1989)
. Lilin Dewa (Side Effects, CD, 1996)
. Indonesian Soundscapes (Soleilmoon, CD, 1999)
. The Venerable Dark Cloud (Amplexus, Mini CD, 2000)
. Taksu (Soleilmoon, CD, 2003)
. Terraform – with Steve Roach (Soleilmoon / Projekt, CD, 2006)
. Intangible – with A Produce (Hypnos, CD, 2011)
. Slow Dream (Projekt, CD, 2012)
. Point Of Arrival (Forced Nostalgia, LP, 2012)


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