Tim has been a nerd pretty much since he was born (in one his earliest childhood pictures, he is in a Spider-Man swimming pool… and he’s had glasses since he was 3). Since he couldn’t make money reading comics and watching movies in his bedroom, he decided to make a living in music. After getting a BM in Composition from the University of Rhode Island, he ‘tried to make it as a professional composer’ (read: worked at the Blockbuster Video in his hometown). Since getting a degree in Composition worked out so well for him the first time, he decided to move all the way to Colorado to get another, more expensive one (this time, an MM!) from DU’s Lamont School of Music in 2013. Luckily he met his hot wife there, otherwise he probably would have just ended up becoming Will Ferrell’s character in ‘Step Brothers’ (let’s be honest, he still might). Since there’s only like, one Blockbuster left in the world, Tim delivers mail on the DU campus where he can regularly chat with some of his Nerds That Geek compatriots. He is one of the three voices you’ll hear when listening to NTG’s Movie Mumble podcast, and he also composed its theme music, which has been described as, ‘I listened to it’ and ‘is this an mp3? I need a WAV file.’ For NTG, he also covers panel discussions at Denver Pop Culture Con, and then writes articles about them. Eventually. I should mention that he has also written some music for short films and video games (don’t worry, nothing you’ve heard of) and he dreams of one day composing the film score to the 12th reboot of Spider-Man.
Originally from Rhode Island (b. 1978), I began playing the drums in the school band when I was 10, mostly due to the fact that my father was a drummer. From fifth grade throughout high school I played drum set and percussion in various concert bands, rock bands, and orchestras. All the while, I assumed I would make a living as a freelance drummer/percussionist. Eventually, I realized that I needed another way to express myself musically, and in eleventh grade, I took a music theory class. After hearing my first composition performed, I realized that I was a composer.
I received a B.M. in Composition in 2001 from the University of Rhode Island, where I studied percussion with Ronald Stabile and composition with Dr. Geoffrey Gibbs and Donald DeVoe. While still living in Rhode Island between 2001 and 2011 I did a variety of composing, teaching, arranging, and performing. I had numerous commissions from various ensembles, such as the Woonsocket High School Concert Band (Fanfare and March), the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra (Firebird), the Ocean State Youth Orchestra (Growing Pains), the Ocean State Music Collaborative (Fusion), and the URI Concert Band (Genesis). I also began to explore my interest in film scoring with Earth: The Final Hour (film by Richard Brownell), and Black Nascar Driver (film by Eric Altieri). I taught private lessons on snare drum, drum set, percussion, music theory, and composition as well as beginning piano, guitar, and bass guitar at More Than Music and The Purple Piano, and I was the Classical Percussion Instructor at the Community College of Rhode Island for a year. For two seasons I was the Drumline Instructor for the Franklin High School Marching Band, and for 10 seasons I was the Drumline Instructor for the URI Ram Marching Band. While I was the Drumline Instructor for the URI Ram Marching Band, they performed my arrangements of music from The Matrix, Spider-Man, Superman, Star Wars, and my favorite classical themes, from The Planets, Barber’s Adagio, and The Rite of Spring. My interest in the music from around the world led me to study Sacred Sound. As a result, my compositions began to include unique instruments and textures, and took on a meditative quality. Works from this period include Fibonacci Spiral Meditation, Sacred Sound Mass, and Prayer. As a percussionist I performed with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Wind Symphony, Southeastern Massachusetts Wind Symphony, The American Band, Milford Concert Band, Symphony Pro Musica, Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra, Brown Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, and Wheaton College Wind Ensemble. I also played drum set for musicals at the Prout School, Johnson and Wales University, and Franklin High School.
In 2011 I moved to Colorado, and in 2013 received a M.M. in Composition from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. My composition teachers were Chris Malloy, Bill Hill, and Leanna Kirchoff. During my time at Lamont, I was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Music Theory II, Aural Skills II, and Orchestration, and I premiered works for percussion ensemble (Prayer), piano solo (Sorry, Schoenberg), multi-percussion solo (Sacred Geometry I: Paradiddle Paradiddle), two works for orchestra, and the beginning of my Complements series (in 2014, Complements V won second place at CU Boulder’s Colorado Clarinet Days Competition). My final project at Lamont was an electronic setting of the Latin text, De profundis, using my wife’s voice as source material. For a time, the Lamont Symphony Orchestra had a new music concert open to composers who were students, faculty, and alumni of the Lamont School of Music. While I was a student, they performed my orchestral works Rainbow Bridge, Complements IV, and Scenes from The Path I: Genesis. Since I became an alumni, they have performed Desolation, Astronauts vs. Aliens, and NeverEnding Barbarians. For one season I was the Drumline Instructor for the Castle View High School Marching Band, and for two seasons, I was the composer for Opera Colorado’s Page to Stage program, which works with elementary and middle school music classes. Using a libretto written by the class, I taught the students how to compose music and turn their story into either an operetta, or a musical. My works for this program include The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell based on the book by Chris Colfer, Everything’s Coming Up Rosies based on the play (inspired by Rosie the Riveter) by Christina Hamlett, and The Comet’s Curse, based on the book by Dom Testa. Also since receiving my M.M., I have been tutoring college students in Music Theory, Aural Skills, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Technology.
I can be heard as one of the voices on the Movie Mumble podcast, hosted by Nerds That Geek, which is a group of friends who take turns picking a movie, watching it, and then talking about it. I composed a theme song, and for over a year, arranged and orchestrated that theme to fit the style of whichever movie we were watching that month (Dragon Lord, The Sky Crawlers, Koyaanisqatsi, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Chopping Mall, Shin Godzilla, Pi, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, La Haine, Pollock, Gods of Egypt, Need for Speed, Freddy Got Fingered, The Shining, Donnie Darko, The Exorcist, The Fugitive, Blade Runner, The Matrix, Rocky, and Christmas). I also composed a Nerds That Geek Theme for the website and a Nerds That Speak Theme for NTG’s main podcast.
Since 2015 I have been making a long-overdue return to my interest in scoring film, television, and video games, beginning with Desolation, and He Who Gets Slapped. I have participated in the annual Global Game Jam, where video game programmers, designers, and artists come together all over the world to create games in only 48 hours. I have composed music for the games Invaders from Sector 255, Memories of Earth, and Bass Cannon: Cogs from Space Hell. I have worked with Linh Ngo on music for his short films Synthia and Aura, as well as his video game Rope Ninja. I have also worked with various directors from Bad Pixels Productions on their short films Spirit Animal (film by Joseph Sweredoski), Date (film by Jonathan Forisha), and I Can Diglett (film by Michael Johnson). I have also written music for film and game competitions including Jungle Jeep Chase, Always Approaching Never Reaching, A Winter Carol, Iron Sound, Cold and Hollow, and the WestWorld | Spitfire Audio contest. I also composed a complete score for Ben Sloboda of Lonely Tower Games for NeverEnding Barbarians, a side-scrolling, hack-n-slash video game for the PlayStation 4. I have scored Emil Acevedo’s most recent LEGO stop-motion animation films, including Frozen Terror 1: Apocalypse LEGO 10 Year Anniversary Remastered, Captain America Vs Trump: A Bernie Sanders Tribute, and Conan vs Zombies (Part 1). My most recent scoring project was for Stephen Mathis and ACOY Productions on their Thrawn: A Star Wars Fan Film Teaser.