Galileo Dreams Artist


Tigerforest a.k.a. Gunnar Spardel.

There’s always a danger in composing melodic electronic works, especially if you have a penchant for orchestral arrangements, dramatic musical effects and a touch of bombast. Tilt a little bit in the wrong direction and you become Yanni. But Tigerforest avoids lapsing into saccharine sentimentality.

Gunnar Spardel is the musician behind Tigerforest. The name is a play on the Taiga forests that cover much of the far northern hemisphere, extending into the Arctic Circle. Spardel is German, but lives in New Hampshire now, where he sculpts expansive electronic orchestrations like The Tides of Day And Night.

A child of electronic music and Spardel bears the influence of his German forefathers, such as Tangerine Dream, as well as Pink Floyd. But Tigerforest’s sound is more opulent and orchestral, a la Vangelis, and also employs many of the sound designs of contemporary electronic music, from Trance to Dream-Pop.

A largely self-taught musician who has played synthesizers since age 12, Spardel has a remarkable command of orchestration, arrangement and dynamics. It’s immediately evident that he’s worked in cinema: he’s scored several low-budget films.

Spardel's desire is into creating visionary atmospheres mixing lush instrumentation and thick-layered synthesizers for a sound that lies somewhere between '80s dream pop and modern electronica in the tradition of teutonic sound-pioneers.