An Obscure Place

Welcome to the home page of Timothy Ballan. If you came here without knowing much about me, I am a musician, teacher, writer, and composer. As a musician, I mainly perform on the piano in various settings, though I also perform on various world woodwind and percussion instruments. As a teacher, I lead therapeutic and educational music programs at schools and after-school centers that usually focus around world percussion. I am also a nationally-certified piano teacher.

As for my more personal endeavors, as a writer, my creative focuses mostly include (non-pretentious) philosophy, creative writing (including poetry and [often plotless] short stories), and music education research. As a composer, my creative focuses mostly include non-pretentious, accessible art music.

While performing and teaching are large parts of my identity, this website is mostly dedicated to presenting my artistic and intellectual works, which mostly––but do not exclusively––center around writing and composing.

So why the title "An Obscure Place"? Well, it was the original title of a story I've written that is rather representative of my penchant for following strange, absurd, and obscure paths in my creative endeavors. It is about a boy's journey into a nonsense realm, where he learns many interesting philosophical truths. (I have also written a score to accompany the reading of the story!) This story, now entitled "A Possible World", is included in the book "Stories and Poems from Underground" available for download on The story is also included in "Selected Stories, Poems, Emotive Vignettes, and Aphorisms", available for purchase in print form.

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This site is updated often, so check back again soon if you wish. Hopefully you'll find this place to be a pleasant diversion, even if just for a one-time visit.

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I do not produce the work I do directly for profit. However, if you enjoy any of my work, please consider making a small donation to help me continue to produce the work that I do.