Michael Futreal, musician and multimedia artist

I am performing musician, composer, and instrument builder, using my own chromatic dulcimers, mountain dulcimers, electric gourd, and tonehole flutes alongside other items like guitar, ukulele, harmonica, banjo, and synth. I follow an improvisational and impressionist approach to make what I call rural space music. You can hear it in my youtube videos and on my music releases.

illustration of my instruments (click for more information)
various instruments I've built; find out more

I perform as Twang Darkly, a trio, but sometimes a moniker for a duo or solo act. I've done some film score work. In 2017, I was ARNA Artist-in-Residence in Sweden. In 2015, I was Artist-in-Residence at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada and was awarded the Music Fellowship Award from SRAC. I am a member of the Landscape Composers' Network.

I also experiment with filmmaking and animation as source material and visualization for music. In 2016, I paired my 2D animation and experimental music with the work of a mixed-media artist Steve Zihlavsky to create a museum exhibition, The Court of King Skebal. In 2014, I received a SRAC grant to create Martian Archaeology, a mediation on imagination and knowledge, realized through original animation and music.