A dedicated musician, composer, multi-media artist, carpenter and father, Ty is a true artisan. He prides himself on finding unique and creative ways to elevate the human experience.
Music, woodworking, housebuilding
- Day job
Creative Producer @ Equinix
Describe yourself in five or fewer words
“So Long Marianne,” Leonard Cohen
Describe your ideal day
Begin at one of those tiny metal tables at an outdoor café in Paris, book in hand, sun shining. Somehow get back to the White Mountains in New Hampshire for a long hike with my kids, perhaps the Lincoln-Lafayette loop. Teleport down to the Lower East Side in Manhattan to play a gig—maybe an early jazz outfit with clarinet, trombone, saxophone, myself on upright bass, and also need rhythm guitar that goes chunk, chunk, chunk, chunk, chunk, chunk, providing the engine underneath the joyous cacophony. Somehow also work on a film score in my studio and build a cedar-walled, wood-fired outdoor sauna.
What's your favorite book and why?
My wife Robin MacArthur is a fiction writer and coincidentally my favorite writer in the universe. The first book she published, Half Wild (Ecco), is a collection of short stories based in Vermont. They’re deeply beautiful, emotionally intelligent, heartbreaking, and hopeful. These stories are like songs on an LP, scratchy, full of warmth, and spinning forward.
If you could time-travel back to a single point in history, where would you go and why?
Perhaps this is a bit narrow thinking—only 53 years back!?—but I would land on Savile Row in London, on the rooftop of Apple Corps headquarters in London on January 30th, 1969, for the Beatles’ final public performance. Yup, I would like to join the band and Billy P.—a 6th Beatle!—but on an instrument pretty out-of-the-way, like a tambourine (no mic). I could even crouch behind an amp and remain unseen so as not to alter the space-time continuum.
But I would play that tambo on every tune, particularly relishing the chance to be a part of “Don’t Let Me Down,” which is as brilliant a piece of pop music creation as there ever has been. I would sing some harmonies, but under my breath. No-one, not even Ringo, would know I was there, but the recording might catch the faintest ghost tambourine chimes, barely present and unexplained.
I would play that tambo on every tune, particularly relishing the chance to be a part of “Don’t Let Me Down,” which is as brilliant a piece of pop music creation as there ever has been.
If you could be any animal other than human for a day, what would you be and why?
I would really, really love to experience self-powered flight, so I’m going to go with Red-Tailed Hawk. First of all, hawks are cool. They can do that amazing thing where they float in the air for what feels like years, soaring, slowly circling, catching currents and drifts. They can also go fast, say 120 MPH when diving. Their red tail is like a racing stripe.