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June '17

ToneFlow is a new project (still in the early stages of development.) It's intended for meditive ear-training and accompinament. The sounds are the same mp3 samples found in the Aleatorium.

This site has been dormant for a while, so I'm still in the process of uploading some new material. My Youtube channel has more, including:

Counters and Commons, longer "baroque prog rock" pieces which explore polyrhythms,

and Practice Discussions , a series of musical and visual sketches inspired by lectures at the San Francisco Zen Center

Old News:

June '14

This summer I will be returning to Tassajara to deepen my Zen practice. I will have no phone or internet, but you can write me:
Tassajara Zen Mountain Center
39171 Tassajara Road
Carmel Valley, CA 93924

May '14

A new album and a new ep!

Songs for Training and Encouragement features ten new tunes about lanterns, bugs, television, regret, renewal, and lots of other stuff!

Poem Settings is a project I am just beginning. So far I have set-to-music poems by Deborah Poe, Shel Silverstein, W.S. Merwin, and Nancy Willard.

April '14

I've joined Patreon, a new crowdfunding platform. If you like my work, please consider becoming a sponsor by making a regular contribution of your choice.

Also, I now have a Youtube channel for some of my tunes.

February '14:

Donn Lloyd Tippett passed away last month. He was a wonderful father to me, with a wise, gentle and charming spirit. I'm so grateful for all he taught me, and for the time I got to spend with him before his graduation from this world.

For those that knew me by the stage name Gainsborough, I've decided to let that go. I'm happier just to refer to myself by the name Dad gave me.

January '14:

Two new sketchbooks: "Play Against Curses", and "Watch and Wait." Probably I will add to these in weeks to come. Also, I added a few new compositions to the Aleatorium, and redesigned its look. Hooray for jQuery!

December '13:

Welcome to the new site! In addition to changing the design to accomodate new songs and sketches, I've added an Aleatorium, for exploring the process of creating with randomness. And this little diorama in the footer... click on the ghosts!

gnt Info


email: gntsketches (at) gmail (dot) com


Greg has been creating music for 28 years. He was born in Potomac, Maryland. While living in Minnesota, he played bass with the Urban Hillbilly Quartet, and guitar with the experimental string combo Anahadanada. He is also the founder of the large-group conduction project Semiconductor Orchestra. While working with homeless folks at Dorothy's Place in California, he led percussion groups and co-founded the classic rock group Tin Man. Currently he is a Zen student and sous chef at the San Francisco Zen Center.

Artist Statement

Mainly I arrange pitches, but I dabble in words and shapes too. I enjoy boundary conditions: popular and avante-garde, structure and randomness, shapes produced by natural forces and those imposed by human conception. Thematically, my work explores the common mimetic units of meaning and pleasure in the context of human relationships and technological acceleration bad habits, TV, hoarding, conflict, capitalism, conspiracies, "The Great Gatsby", "A Deepness in The Sky", meditation, hills, birds-and-bees-kinda-stuff, etc. Also lately I've setting setting people's poems to music.

A Chapbook

A few years ago I discovered poetry - in particular, Invisible Bride by Tony Tost. Suddenly, I was more fascinated by the relationships between words and concepts than pitches, and embarked upon my own sophomoric imitations. Eventually, I got a glimpse of the actual summit and came home to my noodly guitar lines. But in the spirit of artistic closure, I've complied some writings from that period into a little memoir: Live from Mt. Crushmore. The title refers to a geological formation in the Monterey Bay.


Except as noticed, all material is registered to Gregory Nelson Tippett under Creative Commons: Attribution, Non-commercial, Share-Alike.

Mp3's are available upon request.