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The Main Sequence at Last

The Main Sequence at Last Album Cover

Out Now, released December 1, 2023!

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The Main Sequence at Last is the sixth album from Portland, Maine-based experimental guitarist/touch guitarist Tim Gardner and his project that goes by the name of "Thirst And The Cow" or "TATC".

This is a full-length follow-up to TATC's first touchstyle-centered instrumental prog/post-prog EP entitled "Time Gardeners", released in 2021.

The Main Sequence at Last also highlights the versatility of the Touch Guitars U8, but mixes in guitars with a layered approach to blending instrumentation. The music continues Tim's experimentation with crafting unique sounds and textures using combinations of effects and parts played on the U8 or guitar (largely using effects pedals), with an emphasis on rhythmic elements.

This album pairs Tim up with drummer/percussionist-extraordinaire Juan Dahmen and includes several collaboration pieces with the very talented Marc Pelath (The Laconic).

The album is loosely based on different concepts of evolution (the lifecycle of a stars/galaxies, the evolution of life/matter, the evolution of civilizations) and represents the continued evolution in the music of TATC. "The Main Sequence at Last" refers the beginning of the phase in a star's lifecycle when it starts fusing hydrogen to produce energy.


Tim Gardner - U8 touch guitar, guitar, effects and textures
Juan Dahmen - Drums, percussion
Marc Pelath - Keyboards, drum programming

All music written by Tim Gardner, except as follows:
-Solitude, Recoil and 212° - Written by Tim Gardner and Marc Pelath
-Time and Adaptation - Written by Tim Gardner and Juan Dahmen

Mixed by Fabio Trentini.
Mastered by Fabio Trentini.
Produced by Markus Reuter.

Album cover artwork by Anna Gardner.
Additional album artwork by Em Gardner and Anna Gardner.

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