Aaron Holm is a Seattle-based producer and musician who writes and performs experimental ambient and electronic compositions. His early professional musical life began at Nelvana Studios recording atmospheres and effects and operating sound mixes for animated stories. His fascination with ambient came during 1996 travels throughout Southeast Asia, where he listened to tapes of Future Sound of London, Scorn, and Shinjuku Thief while riding on trucks and longboats in Vietnam and Laos. Upon returning to Toronto, he put together his first electronic music studio in a warehouse above a furrier in Chinatown.
Aaron’s recordings of the birds of the Pantanal and other tropical sounds are blended into his first album, “Still Dreaming.” Continuing with field recordings but simplifying the accompanying textures, his second release, “Alone on a Continent,” captures travel through India and Pakistan. His ethereal mixes of real and imagined worlds continue in his organic soundtrack for the documentary film, “Meet the Sumdees.”
Holm took a decade break from music to focus on software. He started three high profile technology companies over an 11 year period in Miami, New York, and Seattle before re-engaging with music and founding Dissolve Records in 2013. He sits on the Boards of several technology companies and Youth in Focus, a non-profit organization that empowers urban youth through photography.
His latest work, “Transitions Seattle” is a collaboration with pianist Matthew Felton and explores spontaneous ambient music performed and recorded live exploring the theme of life in transition. Transitions Seattle will be released in early 2014 on the Dissolve Records label.