He is interested in a wide variety of sounds and genres, taking inspiration from classical genres, , trip-hop, hip-hop, jazz, Bossa nova, post-rock, film scores, and ambient electronica. His music is often an attempt to weave these influences and inspirations together into a coherent whole that feels very intentional but also organic, open, and textured. In order to make his sound more unique and personal, Tristan acquired a habit of collecting and creating his own samples, ranging from field recordings in nature to industrial urban environments. He also plays many of the instruments on his albums, such as woodwinds, guitars, and percussion.
Tristan has completed 5 solo albums: The Diver, Everything We Are, Tamalpais, Into the Bloom, and Frontiers, each with their own feel, inspirations, and cast of guest musicians. He also has two albums as Tethys, I and II.