Tiger Village, a solo project of Cleveland-based musician Tim Thornton, blurs the line between glitchy experimental electronic music and free improvisation. His music generally consists of fractured clusters of manic rhythms and bright tonal bursts, with an erratic driving force but no clear destination. He constructs his music from a massive system of samplers and synthesizers, with percussion sounds sourced from acoustic drums as well as found objects. Tiger Village has issued over a dozen cassettes and digital releases since 2013, through labels such as Thornton's own Suite 309, Orange Milk, and Hausu Mountain, who additionally released 2019's Modern Drummer on compact disc.
Tim Thornton has played in several hardcore and indie rock projects, including post-rock group Agnes High Quality and Couples Skate Only (a duo with his wife, Cari Thornton), and has released material under additional solo monikers such as Les Cousins Dangereux and CDX. He works as a quality assurance specialist at Gotta Groove, a Cleveland-based vinyl record manufacturing plant and label. He released four numerically titled Tiger Village cassettes through his Suite 309 imprint in 2013. Tiger Village V appeared on Chicago's Hausu Mountain in 2014, and VI: Effective Living followed on the same label two years later. Surrounding the two releases were a few additional tapes on Suite 309, including three EPs and 2015's In Stereo, a double-cassette of drone-heavy improvisations. In 2018, The Argument was released by Patient Sounds Intl., and Tact appeared on Orange Milk Records. Tiger Village returned to Hausu Mountain with 2019's Modern Drummer. ~ Paul Simpson