Point of Arrival
Loren Nerell (born 1960) is a composer and performer of ambient music and Balinese gamelan. As a composer, Loren has written music for film, theater, dance and interactive multi-media. He has performed with the Kronos Quartet, has recorded eight 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. 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. Point of Arrival was originally released on cassette in 1986 and has never previously been available on vinyl. It was recorded using an Arp 2600, Arp sequencers (two of them), Emu Emulator 1 with cv/gate converter, Emu Emulator 2, EML 101, EMS Synthi A (two of them), Linn linndrum, Moog micromoog, Moog minimoog, Moog model 15 modular, Oberheim OBXa, Oberheim DSX sequencer, Oberheim DX drum machine, Oberheim DMX drum machine, Roland Jupiter 4 and Roland SH3a. Cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin. Pressed in a limited edition of 500 copies.