Ms. Strom doesn’t worry about her blindness (“Being blind to me is more of a nuisance than anything,” she once said), although mastering her synthesizer is a process. experimental, since the 1980s, when the devices are relatively new, with no manual for the blind. In the end, she thought, her lack of sight lifted her music.
“I feel my inner hearing and visualization have grown to a higher level they probably would have,” she told the Eurock publication in a rare early career interview in 1986. “And it doesn’t affect my ability from a technical standpoint either. Fully programmable synthesizers, effect units, accurately record a person’s work, and process the mixer. I do this all with sound. “
“Actually,” she added, “I like working in the dark.”
Pauline Anna Tuell was born October 1, 1946 in Baton Rouge, La., To Paul and Marjorie (Landry) Tuell. She grew up in Kentucky in a Roman Catholic family and said that hymns and other types of church music influenced her musical ideas, but the works of Bach, Chopin and others also so.
She had been married twice, to Bob Strom and later Kevin Bierl, but the dates of those marriages and how they ended, like many details in her life, are hard to tell. She moved to San Francisco when her husband – not sure who – was stationed there while in the army. She lived in seclusion in an apartment in San Francisco for decades. (“Thank God this city has rent control,” she told listentothis.info in 2018)
Her early musical endeavors included some of the same self-made sound effects as in “Emerald Pool”, but she gradually becomes more adept at making whatever sound she does. want with the many synthesizers she accumulates. She was influenced by the work of the German band Tangerine Dream and German composer Klaus Schulze, who pioneered electronic music.