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Providence Journal, 14 September 2010

“While the synthesizers and electronic beats that have always characterized his work are still at the fore, this time around there’s a traditional singer-songwriter approach at work… O’Keefe has enhanced the experience — listeners can not only hear the finished tracks on his blog, www.tfomusic.com, but also listen to individual tracks, such as percussion or strings or guitar, in isolation. The effect is to let the listener in on the ground floor, hearing the building blocks of the songs as well as the final product.”

Stage Four: Electronic Podcast, 13 July 2010

“these tracks are awesome…Tame is anything but. No joke–this song is nuts. The intro is ominously intriguing– kind of like a mix between the music that plays right before something epic happens in a sci-fi movie, and what I imagine Dracula listens to at bedtime. During the proceeding 4 minutes and 30 seconds, Timothy builds a blissful concoction that I lack the words to describe. A chorus of “this is how I feel” is interspersed at the climax of each distinct chunk of song to cover a range of conflicting emotions. I know what I’m gonna be listening to next time I can’t articulate how I feel. Thank you Timothy!!”

Providence Phoenix, 3 June 2009

“O’Keefe, the principal force behind <tfo> and Cozy Music, the digital label, is the closest thing Rhode Island has to a godfather of the electronic scene. Now 35, he grew up in North Kingstown in thrall of Depeche Mode and New Order. And after graduating from high school, he joined with a few partners to throw what may have been the city’s first full-scale rave — Michelangelo, named after a computer virus that surfaced in New Zealand in April 1991.”

Providence Journal, 17 July 2008

“Timothy O’Keefe has been a one-man force for electronic music in Providence for years, behind his own collaborative, tfo, and his record label, Cozy Music, as well as various one-off projects…It’s a big year for O’Keefe and Cozy Music, with four releases on the label coming out by the end of the summer, and four records of his own in the pipeline — tfo, The Cozy Collective, The Swiss Chemistry Club and a collaboration with Matt Everett.”

Boston Phoenix, 20 November 2007

“One of the city’s prominent electronic musicians, Tim O’Keefe, is quietly expanding a corner of Providence’s indie rock world. O’Keefe, the creative force behind <tfo>, and co-owners Mike Hoska and Ted James have proudly accumulated a quality roster of innovative sound sculptors on the Cozy Music imprint. The triumvirate function as producers as well as artists…”

Wire Magazine, May 2007

[On “Snapshots/Sidesteps,” a collaboration with Hans-Joachim Rodelius:] “It is 2003’s “Hoc Vola” that carries the album. Made with Timothy O’Keefe,the track sets up an accoustic folk riff with some Aeolian atmospherics to reiterate what it is that Roedelius does best. Lovely.”

Boston Phoenix, 30 October 2006

“In the scramble to capitalize on the digital music revolution, old record labels are restructuring their business models and new labels are rushing to market. Few of them, though, are designed to take advantage of the opportunities the Internet provides. But one New England label has the right idea. Cozy Music, born on the third floor of the AS220 art compound in Providence, is strictly digital and is pouring out music at a rapid clip…All of this comes courtesy of AS220 resident and New England techno-whiz Timothy O’Keefe, Cozy’s founder.”

Agenda, September 2006

Can you talk about the digital distro boom and how digital distribution of an independent music label is another manifestation in the evolution of music?

The digital music market came out of ingenuity that was independent of the overall music industry. In some respects it is doing for artists what the Internet was supposed to do for them ten years ago…The digital music market gives smaller labels and independent artists an avenue to get their music out there, so that the consumer has the opportunity to find it and purchase it.”

Providence Phoenix, 14 March 2006

“The Providence music scene is a pie chart of musical wedges. There’s the hardcore community, the metal folks, the extreme crowd, the blues/R&B acts, the eclectic/avant-garde cabal, and the more commercial rockers, among others. You can add to that pie a wedge that includes electronic music. Tim O’Keefe, a deeply rooted presence in the city’s electronic scene and a principal in his own electronic trio <tfo>, sees the genre becoming more accepted by local music fans, and that’s a good thing.”

Agenda, June 2005

[In a review of “Surface Sounds,” <tfo>’s 2005 release:] “O’Keefe brings the full power of studio wizardry to bear on the tracks, tightening them into structured, melodic pop tunes without losing the atmospheric improvisational interplay.  Electronic and acoustic sounds are almost indistinguishable, and certain instruments are introduced—such as the soundboard of a disassembled piano—which are less portable than the usual array of vintage synthesizers and samplers <tfo> takes on the road.”

The Providence Journal, May 2005

[On “Surface Sounds”:] “The eclecticism of skillful sampling, the minimalist repetition of the remix, and a haunting, slow moving but still memorable collection of hooks.”

Providence Phoenix, March 2005

[In a review of “Surface Sounds”:] “Tim O’Keefe has been adept at all things keyboard for a while now… He’s making instrumental groove discs that use pointed pastels to paint a spectrum of very chill vibes… It’s certainly some of the sneakiest stuff to slink into my cerebellum this year.”

Future Music Magazine, July 2003

[On <tfo>’s track “Slowflow,” featured in a 2003 Future Music sampler:] Slowflow is a chilled affair starting with atmosphere and backwards sounds that set the scene.  The gong helps further emphasize the atmospheric nature.  The melodies flow nicely and the track gradually builds up a head of steam with the melodies cascading around the slow and sombre beats.”


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