About Orist

"His hushed melodies navigate beautifully
between fragility and melancholy"



Orist is the musical endeavor of pianist, guitarist, and singer Tim Zweistra. His passion for music and film fuse to create a contemplative cinematic style within his melodies. Tim’s sound is deeply indebted to the musical storytelling of such artists as Damien Rice, Ásgier, and Incubus. The atmosphere he creates in his music is influenced by the compositions of Radiohead and Agnes Obel. The many classical touches in Orist’s music are often inspired by the works of Erik Satie and Frederic Chopin. The energy of these two classical greats can clearly be felt on his instrumental piano album 'Quote Unquote'.

'Quote Unquote' Album

In 2013, Orist released 'Quote Unquote', a contemporary piano album inspired by quotes from many personally inspiring sources. each track is a short story, emphasized by the pieçe's title and embodied by the sounds of a grand piano. The origins of each title are given below.


About the Quotes


Just This

“Just this” is a quote taken from comedian/musician Tim Minchin’s beat poem “Storm”. 

He finds himself in a discussion with a new-age girl; ‘Storm'. Their heated discussion quickly escalates into an argument about modern medicine, religion, psychics and the meaning of life. Being unable to convince her of his opinion, Minchin asks her exasperatedly: 

“Isn’t this enough?! Just this… world? Just this beautiful, complex, wonderfully unfathomable, natural world? How does it so fail to hold our attention that we have to diminish it with the invention of cheap, man-made myths and monsters?”

The Long Dark Teatime

Taken from the first installment of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams.

In the end, it was the Sunday afternoons he couldn't cope with, and that terrible listlessness that starts to set in about 2:55, when you know you've taken all the baths that you can usefully take that day, that however hard you stare at any given paragraph in the newspaper you will never actually read it, or use the revolutionary new pruning technique it describes, and that as you stare at the clock the hands will move relentlessly on to four o'clock, and you will enter the long dark teatime of the soul.

I may have been imagining it

Another line taken from Douglas Adams' wonderfully written book.

Arthur: I thought you must be dead... 
Ford: So did I for a while, and then I decided I was a lemon for a couple of weeks. I kept myself amused all that time jumping in and out of a gin and tonic. 
Arthur: Where did you...? 
Ford: Find a gin and tonic? I found a small lake that thought it was a gin and tonic, and jumped in and out of that. At least, I think it thought it was a gin and tonic. I may have been imagining it.

Everybody Needs a Fishbowl


Barry Schwartz gave a TED talk titled "The Paradox of Choice".

You're supposed to read this cartoon, and, being a sophisticated person, say, "Ah! What does this fish know? You know, nothing is possible in this fishbowl." Impoverished imagination, a myopic view of the world -- and that's the way I read it at first. The more I thought about it, however, the more I came to the view that this fish knows something. Because the truth of the matter is that if you shatter the fishbowl so that everything is possible, you don't have freedom. You have paralysis. If you shatter this fishbowl so that everything is possible, you decrease satisfaction. You increase paralysis, and you decrease satisfaction. Everybody needs a fishbowl. This one is almost certainly too limited -- perhaps even for the fish, certainly for us. But the absence of some metaphorical fishbowl is a recipe for misery, and, I suspect, disaster.

I Actually Feel Quite Large

In an interview, Neil deGrasse Tyson made a comment about feeling insignificant in this enormous universe that we are living in.

Recognize that the very molecules that make up your body, the atoms that construct the molecules, are traceable to the crucibles that were once the centers of high mass stars that exploded their chemically rich guts into the galaxy, enriching pristine gas clouds with the chemistry of life. So that we are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.

As If It Is True

A quote by 18th century philosopher David Hume, taken from "The Grand Design" by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow.

Traditionally those who didn't accept realism have been called anti-realists. Anti-realists suppose a distinction between empirical knowledge and theoretical knowledge. They typically argue that observation and experiment are meaningful but that theories are no more than useful instruments that do not embody any deeper truths underlying the observed phenomena. Some anti-realists have even wanted to restrict science to things that can be observed. For that reason, many in the nineteenth century rejected the idea of atoms on the grounds that we would never see one. George Berkeley (1685-1753) even went as far as to say that nothing exists except the mind and its ideas. When a friend remarked to English author and lexicographer Dr. Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) that Berkeley's claim could not possibly be refuted, Johnson is said to have responded by walking over to a large stone, kicking it, and proclaiming, "I refute it thus." Of course the pain Dr. Johnson experienced in his foot was also an idea in his mind, so he wasn't really refuting Berkeley's ideas. But his act did illustrate the view of philosopher David Hume (1711-1776), who wrote that although we have no rational grounds for believing in an objective reality, we also have no choice but to act as if it is true.

Spam Spam Bacon and Spam

The origin of the word 'spam' as something unwanted and annoying, comes from this sketch by Monty Python.


La La Land

Neuroscientist Jill Bolte Taylor recalls the moment she realized she was having a stroke.

I'm asking myself, "What is wrong with me? What is going on?" And in that moment, my brain chatter -- my left hemisphere brain chatter -- went totally silent. Just like someone took a remote control and pushed the mute button. Total silence. And at first I was shocked to find myself inside of a silent mind. But then I was immediately captivated by the magnificence of the energy around me. And because I could no longer identify the boundaries of my body, I felt enormous and expansive. I felt at one with all the energy that was, and it was beautiful there.

Then all of a sudden my left hemisphere comes back online, and it says to me, "Hey! We got a problem! We got a problem! We gotta get some help." And I'm going, "Ahh! I got a problem. I got a problem." So it's like, "OK. OK. I got a problem."But then I immediately drifted right back out into the consciousness -- and I affectionately refer to this space as La La Land. But it was beautiful there. Imagine what it would be like to be totally disconnected from your brain chatter that connects you to the external world.So here I am in this space, and my job -- and any stress related to my job -- it was gone.And I felt lighter in my body. And imagine all of the relationships in the external world and any stressors related to any of those -- they were gone. And I felt this sense of peacefulness. And imagine what it would feel like to lose 37 years of emotional baggage!(Laughter) Oh! I felt euphoria -- euphoria. It was beautiful.And then, again, my left hemisphere comes online and it says, "Hey! You've got to pay attention. We've got to get help." And I'm thinking, "I got to get help. I gotta focus." So I get out of the shower and I mechanically dress and I'm walking around my apartment, and I'm thinking, "I gotta get to work. I gotta get to work. Can I drive? Can I drive?" And in that moment my right arm went totally paralyzed by my side. Then I realized, "Oh my gosh! I'm having a stroke! I'm having a stroke!"

Just an Imaginary Friend

Walter Crewes (played by Morgan Freeman) in the movie "The Big Bounce"

God is just an imaginary friend for grown ups.

I've Already Told You

From the movie "Memento", about Leonard, a man suffering from anterograde amnesia.

Teddy: Lenny! 
Leonard: It's Leonard... like I told you before. 
Teddy: Did you? I musta forgot. I'm Teddy.
Leonard: I guess I've already told you about my condition. 
Teddy: Only every time I see ya! 

The World is Horseradish

Malcolm Gladwell's talk on Spaghetti Sauce, is neatly summarized with this phrase:

To a worm in horseradish, the world is horseradish.

There's a lot of information

Julian Assange at TED Conference “Why the world needs Wikileaks”:

So let's talk a little more broadly about this. I mean, in general, what's your philosophy? Why is it right to encourage leaking of secret information? - Well, there's a question as to what sort of information is important in the world, what sort of information can achieve reform. And there's a lot of information. So information that organizations are spending economic effort into concealing, that's a really good signal that when the information gets out, there's a hope of it doing some good -- because the organizations that know it best, that know it from the inside out, are spending work to conceal it. And that's what we've found in practice, and that's what the history of journalism is.

This is Broken

Entrepeneur and author Seth Godin shares how he thinks many problems in the world are caused by a few simple flaws in management in his hilarious 2006 TED Talk.

  • Not my job
  • Selfish jerks
  • The world changed
  • I didn't know
  • I'm not a fish
  • Contradictions
  • Broken on purpose