Thu, 04 Aug 2022 09:21:03 GMT
Tim White grew up in Toronto in a musical family. His father taught singing and led several choirs, whilst his aunt was Portia White the famous opera singer. Tim started on piano when he was around 10, then started playing bass at age 14. He then immediately got into a bunch of bands (‘cause everyone needed a bass player). Tim attended Berklee College of Music in Boston for a couple of years, practising bass non-stop.
At 25 years old, Tim signed to Universal Music (called MCA Records then) with his band The Headstones. The band toured. And toured. And toured some more. The Headstones made a bunch of albums, a few of which achieved gold and platinum status, Tim just generally enjoyed being a rock star during this time.
The band had to disband in 2002 due to, well, let’s call it over-indulgence. At that point Tim shifted to composing, at first for commercials, then long-format stuff which came later. He took on the challenge of scoring anything, sometimes even for free if the project was interesting enough. As a result, Tim developed a broad musical taste.
Tim had also been doing voice overs on the side. He got into directing during a music session when the voice director didn’t show, and the producer asked him to take over. It was incredibly nerve-wracking, directing for the first time with a roomful of agency people and clients. Tim must have done the right thing because he was asked back the following week.
Earlier this year Tim was lucky enough to be hired by Circonflex as the English voice director.
Tim> Ideally it starts by having multiple conversations with the agency/client. I encourage them to provide as many references as possible, musical or otherwise, and then have discussions about why those things appeal to them.
From there it’s about interpretation, which is also a discussion or three, and once we feel we’re all on the same page, we run with that.
Tim> I think I prefer working with people! Working alone, I don’t know for sure if it’s good until someone else hears it. Almost all my collaborations have been fun and productive; you tend to remember the ones that weren’t.
Tim> This might sound funny, but the most satisfying part is when we get to a place no one even considered at the outset. I love the discovery and surprise element of making music.
Tim> Certainly there’s a consideration for attention span;, people are more savvy and therefore they expect more from their content. This has to be reflected sonically as well.
Tim> Bowie stands out in so many ways. Constantly innovating and then completely trashing those personas to go a different direction. Ludwig Göransson for his mastery of multiple genres and upending them. I love that.
Tim> Not specifically, usually it’s the opposite way - I’ll be writing a part and think “oh that reminds me of this song” and I’ll go listen to that artist for a bit.
Tim> It has to be mostly instrumental, or somehow hypnotic. Reggae, classical, and downtempo are all good for that. Otherwise I get distracted by the lyrics!
Tim> Well I keep things at a high bit-rate, so if it has to be squashed down to mp3 or some other compressed format, at least you had good stuff to start with. Unless you want things to sound bad in order to illustrate something else.
Tim> If it’s not specifically work-related listening, then it’s whatever’s playing in our lounge.
We all have access to it, so on a given day you can hear everything from Can, to Dua Lipa, to Slayer, to Knucks. Or maybe during a session someone will mention a musical artist and I’ll check them out later that day.
Tim> I’m not a collector, I just have some records, ya know? Spotify is great to randomise and discover new songs and artists. There’s two other sites I use to discover music: Every Noise At Once and Radioooo.
Tim> For sure! Just being in an art gallery or seeing a great piece of street art can set ideas in motion. Or sports, you know how great athletes are like great dancers? You can see the rhythm when they move.
Tim> We take it for granted, but the ambient sounds of cities or in nature are amazing and of course totally immersive. Just close your eyes!
One of the great things about travelling is hearing indigenous music and sounds; I mean, you haven’t really heard the essence of reggae until you go to Jamaica.
Tim> It’s better! I’m less judgy about what music is cool and more interested in the emotions it creates.view more - Music & SoundCirconflex, Thu, 04 Aug 2022 09:21:03 GMT