tobias tinker is creating Thoughtful Music for Troubled Times
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Hi there! I’m tobias tinker, a Canadian-born musician, composer and producer living in Berlin, Germany. I've been making music all my life and making my living at it for over 25 years. I play piano and synthesizers, mainly, plus a few other instruments (accordion, trumpet, flute, french horn...) when the mood strikes. The tagline above - Thoughtful Music for Troubled Times - kind of sums up the music I make.

It's a distillation of everything I've done over a long and varied career in music, into a kind of introspective, often melancholic fusion. It generally takes one of two main forms: solo piano pieces, often wholly improvised, and electronic works in a kind of 'melodic ambient' style; sometimes these are combined into a kind of fusion. It's sophisticated, emotionally charged but subtle and nuanced. It's instrumental music that works well as background, especially for creative work (writers and artists tell me they love working to my music!) but also rewards deep and focused listening. 

So what's in it for you? Well... I have recently turned the page on a rather intense performance phase and am now entirely focused on producing new music, videos and so on, and on engaging with people that connect with what I do. I want to encourage people to support me in this, because then I can spend more time making music and less on figuring out how to make it pay. In some ways it's a tough time to be an independent musician making not-at-all-mainstream music, but I'm convinced that there are people out there who will help me do it. 

Why should you consider supporting me in this journey?

  • Because it’s real music, made with artistry, passion, craft, and skills honed over decades of experience. I believe in it, and I want to make more of it; that seems to be what I’m here for…

  • Because I know that it’s moved and fascinated lots of people already (see below), and I have a feeling, if you’ve somehow found your way here, that it will move and fascinate you too!

  • Because I’m an independent, self-produced and self-funded artist who needs your support… and I’m prepared to work hard to earn it, delivering high-quality new music on a regular basis (check the rewards section at right!).

  • Because the music industry is broken, and the only way to fix it is to get involved and support artists you love… Be the change you want to hear in the world!

Some reviews (real ones, from CD Baby customers over the years)

"How is it that one man can produce work like this and not be more well known? A unique combination of modern sounds and ethnic instrumentation making up a series of incredibly atmospheric pieces... If you want to be transported to another world, this is the place to start..."

"A true journey of music and spirit... Straight away, I was captivated... Tinker masterfully sculpts a journey through self... You can hear the many different influences in his music...It all combines to form a clear picture of serenity and an experience not felt by many in the West today. "

"This isn't just a piano and some drums or even typical relaxing meditation music, but the otherworldly music of the spheres..."
Tiers
Supporters club
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You just want to support my music and my process. That's awesome! You rock! No specific benefit guaranteed beyond my gratitude and appreciation (but I might well deliver something anyway). 
Track-of-the-month club
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
At least one new track every month, with a full-length video, exclusive to Patreon for the month of its release (i.e. until I put the next one up, which won't always be the 1st of the month) and available for free download. Distributed via a password-protected webpage. You never know, there may even be more than one a month!
Five By Five club
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
"Fivers" get 5 tracks a month, for $5. At least 2 of these tracks will be brand new tracks, available only here for that month (I may release them elsewhere after the month is out and we've moved on to the next batch). Delivered via password-protected download page, and not necessarily available on day 1. At least one track will have a full-length video, in my meditative style... 
'Thinkers' Album-of-the-month club
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
As the name suggests, you get an entire album for free download, different every month, plus access to the Fiver download page... Obviously, it'll be hard for me to guarantee a brand-new finished album every single  month, so sometimes this will be something from my existing catalog, which is pretty deep... but sometimes it will be a new title, released here (and to supporters on other platforms) first! Note that tracks that first appeared in the Gimme Five page might appear in albums later on...  ALSO, for those who prefer physical media, there will be an option to buy the album on CD, where available, at 50% off the regular reasonable price...
Challengers club
$20 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Challengers get everything in the 'Thinkers' tier, PLUS you can issue me a challenge every month - something to improvise and/or compose a piece around. It can be a word, a poem, an image, piece of art, whatever. I will respond to it with a piece of music, which will be EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU, for that month - unless you decide you want me to make it public, with or without your name attached...  Delivered via private email. You can also decide, if you want to, whether you want me to respond with a piano improvisation, or an electronic piece, or some sort of hybrid... or let me surprise you! 


(Note that these pieces might well trickle down to other tiers later on, or find their way onto an album, or be reworked into some other form later on... in other words they will still be my creations, you just get to inspire and influence them!)  

Goals
0 of 50 patrons
Let's get this party started! The first milestone is just to start the ball rolling and make sure I can deliver on these promises. Baby steps!
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Hi there! I’m tobias tinker, a Canadian-born musician, composer and producer living in Berlin, Germany. I've been making music all my life and making my living at it for over 25 years. I play piano and synthesizers, mainly, plus a few other instruments (accordion, trumpet, flute, french horn...) when the mood strikes. The tagline above - Thoughtful Music for Troubled Times - kind of sums up the music I make.

It's a distillation of everything I've done over a long and varied career in music, into a kind of introspective, often melancholic fusion. It generally takes one of two main forms: solo piano pieces, often wholly improvised, and electronic works in a kind of 'melodic ambient' style; sometimes these are combined into a kind of fusion. It's sophisticated, emotionally charged but subtle and nuanced. It's instrumental music that works well as background, especially for creative work (writers and artists tell me they love working to my music!) but also rewards deep and focused listening. 

So what's in it for you? Well... I have recently turned the page on a rather intense performance phase and am now entirely focused on producing new music, videos and so on, and on engaging with people that connect with what I do. I want to encourage people to support me in this, because then I can spend more time making music and less on figuring out how to make it pay. In some ways it's a tough time to be an independent musician making not-at-all-mainstream music, but I'm convinced that there are people out there who will help me do it. 

Why should you consider supporting me in this journey?

  • Because it’s real music, made with artistry, passion, craft, and skills honed over decades of experience. I believe in it, and I want to make more of it; that seems to be what I’m here for…

  • Because I know that it’s moved and fascinated lots of people already (see below), and I have a feeling, if you’ve somehow found your way here, that it will move and fascinate you too!

  • Because I’m an independent, self-produced and self-funded artist who needs your support… and I’m prepared to work hard to earn it, delivering high-quality new music on a regular basis (check the rewards section at right!).

  • Because the music industry is broken, and the only way to fix it is to get involved and support artists you love… Be the change you want to hear in the world!

Some reviews (real ones, from CD Baby customers over the years)

"How is it that one man can produce work like this and not be more well known? A unique combination of modern sounds and ethnic instrumentation making up a series of incredibly atmospheric pieces... If you want to be transported to another world, this is the place to start..."

"A true journey of music and spirit... Straight away, I was captivated... Tinker masterfully sculpts a journey through self... You can hear the many different influences in his music...It all combines to form a clear picture of serenity and an experience not felt by many in the West today. "

"This isn't just a piano and some drums or even typical relaxing meditation music, but the otherworldly music of the spheres..."

Recent posts by tobias tinker

Tiers
Supporters club
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
You just want to support my music and my process. That's awesome! You rock! No specific benefit guaranteed beyond my gratitude and appreciation (but I might well deliver something anyway). 
Track-of-the-month club
$2 or more per month 0 patrons
At least one new track every month, with a full-length video, exclusive to Patreon for the month of its release (i.e. until I put the next one up, which won't always be the 1st of the month) and available for free download. Distributed via a password-protected webpage. You never know, there may even be more than one a month!
Five By Five club
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
"Fivers" get 5 tracks a month, for $5. At least 2 of these tracks will be brand new tracks, available only here for that month (I may release them elsewhere after the month is out and we've moved on to the next batch). Delivered via password-protected download page, and not necessarily available on day 1. At least one track will have a full-length video, in my meditative style... 
'Thinkers' Album-of-the-month club
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
As the name suggests, you get an entire album for free download, different every month, plus access to the Fiver download page... Obviously, it'll be hard for me to guarantee a brand-new finished album every single  month, so sometimes this will be something from my existing catalog, which is pretty deep... but sometimes it will be a new title, released here (and to supporters on other platforms) first! Note that tracks that first appeared in the Gimme Five page might appear in albums later on...  ALSO, for those who prefer physical media, there will be an option to buy the album on CD, where available, at 50% off the regular reasonable price...
Challengers club
$20 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
Challengers get everything in the 'Thinkers' tier, PLUS you can issue me a challenge every month - something to improvise and/or compose a piece around. It can be a word, a poem, an image, piece of art, whatever. I will respond to it with a piece of music, which will be EXCLUSIVELY FOR YOU, for that month - unless you decide you want me to make it public, with or without your name attached...  Delivered via private email. You can also decide, if you want to, whether you want me to respond with a piano improvisation, or an electronic piece, or some sort of hybrid... or let me surprise you! 


(Note that these pieces might well trickle down to other tiers later on, or find their way onto an album, or be reworked into some other form later on... in other words they will still be my creations, you just get to inspire and influence them!)