Over the course of 30+ years, Dale has been a sound artist, publisher, graphic designer, producer, musician, and visual artist. In 2001, he founded and/OAR in order to support and publish artists involved with environmental recording documents, sound art, avant-garde and electronic music. From 2001 to 2005, Dale produced the well regarded series of field recording compilations for Phonography.org.
Prior to 2000, Dale spent much time involved in some capacity with critically acclaimed music groups, production projects, and recording labels revolving around less conventional forms of pop/rock music such as Lucid, Cindytalk / Bambule, Pram, Moonshake, My Diva, and After The Flood (a studio project that worked with Cindytalk, Labradford, WIndy & Carl, Bowery Electric, Steve Ball (formerly of League Of Crafty Guitar Players), Jeffery Taylor (of Climax Golden Twins), Warren Defever (His Name Is Alive), My Diva, Marc Olsen / Sage, Sky Cries Mary, John Massoni / Maxine, among others. And while a member of My Diva performed live with groups such as Flaming Lips, Lush, Medicine, Sky Cries Mary, Sage, Love Battery, Jessamine, Common Language, Maxine, Bewitched (Sonic Youth spin off band), among others.
The sound work of Dale Lloyd has been released by labels such as and/OAR, Overheard And Rendered, Alluvial Recordings, Elevator Bath, Bremsstrahlung Recordings, Conv, Kaon, Sirr.ecords, Non Visual Objects, Sonic Arts Network, Mu label, Mystery Sea, Petite Sono, S'Agita Recordings, Staalplaat / Open Circuit, Leerraum, Tiramizu, Accretions, Psyclone, Phonography.org, æ, World Domination / CZ Records, Praxis, Space Age Recordings, Shadow Puppet Recording Company, Labile Music, Throat, and Sonicabal. Links to MP3 works can be found on the "WORKS" page of this site, and have been issued by 12k / Term, EARlabs, Bremsstrahlung Recordings / Trans>parent Radiation, Stasisfield, Tiln Digital Diffusion, and microsound.org among others.
Dale's sound work has been described in the following manner:
"Dale Lloyd's ability to combine stark and heterogeneous elements to produce something unique and engaging is strikingly apparent" (Furthernoise)
"...beautifully cultivated microscopic detail and great assembling mastery... ...deeply penetrating music; there seems to be a sort of secretly predetermined walk through progressively immaterial states as we move from sounds of glass and water through clicks, hums and controlled feedback in preparation for what expects us at the end, namely the semblance of a protracted blur of time suspension, a framework where seemingly endless textural delights push the compositions to the highest spheres of sonic meditation."
"...music that pulls you in with a magnetic force." (Ga-zeta)
"...intoxicating soundscapes in which thunder, rain, birds and insects fuse unconventionally with the eternal subsonics of a distant earthquake rumble in waves whose depth is felt under the muscle tissue. One can only imagine the painstaking process necessary to place every single attribute in the right light, but such meticulous attention to detail pays high dividends, as the slo-mo radiance coming out of the speakers throbs with vital resonance that's almost painful to experience." (Paris Transatlantic)
"It’s clear a sensitive ear put the sounds together. Even the smallest of nuances arrives weighted by intention. It seems he uses field recordings not as sound objects themselves but more as a set of variables to extract a new world from, to be mined for their transformable / interpretable qualities." (Monk Mink Pink Punk)
"Lloyd's mixing of different sounds and his subtle volume adjustments create a truly rich and absorbing listening experience." (Wind And Wire)
"...Lloyd is reaching deep into his psyche to offer something not unlike a pearl in his very own shell... ...Lloyd is more a choreographer of the elements than a straight shot musician... ...a daydream inducing headtrip... ...a sensual meditation, cleanng your mind, eradicating the incidental; drenching it, quenching it." (Igloo)
1984-84: A member of jazz / rock trio Satyagraha.
1984-86: A member of experimental rock group Sound Color.
1989-90: A member of rock group Harem Scarem.
1989-91: Involved with recording projects Forever And A Day and Agra Mecca.
1989-98: Involved with recording project After The Flood.
1990-92: Involved with recording label Manna.
1990-93: A member of the rock group My Diva.
1993-01: Involved with the group Lucid.
1994-97: Involved with recording label æ (AE).
1996-01: Involved with the recording project Bambule.
2000- Composed, released or performed sound work under own name.
2000-01: Involved with recording project DASL- Zen Tread.
2000-01: Involved with recording label Overheard And Rendered.
2001-05: Produced field recording compilations for Phonography.org.
2001- Involved with recording label (and mail order shop) and/OAR.
2002- Involved with the Seattle Phonographers Union.
2014- Involved with recording project Search Ensembles.
2017-17: Involved with the group Evening Star.