Tim recently has scored multiple short films, documentaries, commercials and video games. In a short film titled ‘Home’ Tim recently adapted music from Maurice Ravel’s incredible work ‘Noctuelles’ where he utilized this language and style of composition to represent a darker side of a character in the story. The virtuosic and timeless passages of the music gave an effect that over all helped sell the artistic intrigue of the piece, as well as give it a sense of uniqueness and identity. Whether musical adaptation or completely original score, Tim always strives to find a unique way of enhancing a story through music. 

Tim grew up in a small rural town in Maryland, outside of Washington DC. His influence spans across many genres in the spectrum of music, is rooted from guitar playing, but typically views composing as the next step in the realm of possibility for communication through music. 

From a recent interview:

What made you want to become a composer? Is there any specific story that made you want to pursue film composing?

A specific story regarding this happened in one of my classes at UCLA early in my career. Professor Charles Bernstein asked after playing the piano theme from Forest Gump to the class ‘What is it with this melody that represents this character so well?’ After a brief silence from a few responses, I raised my hand. ‘The melody stutters, almost in a sense like Forest does.’ Some students laughed awkwardly, but Bernstein’s face lit up with excitement and agreement. It was this realization that helped me realize that I might just have something to offer besides decent music to collaborators. To understand story and the multitude of possibilities music can bring to enhance it is what solidified everything for my pursuits.

How do you find your inspiration? What or who influences you? 

I find my inspiration in many ways, but i’d say some of the most inspiring methods to find new perspective and creativity is to take a walk through the Getty. To see a span of artistic challenge through the span of hundreds of years over the course of a few hours is an incredible inspiration that gives a lot of perspective when one imagines the musical efforts that align with those art pieces. I find a lot of influence through the classical repertoire. To have a wide internal catalogue of references, sources and materials I find can be an excellent means of understanding where a story can be taken in terms of its music.  

What is your writing process like?

My writing process varies, but I typically like to wake up as early as I can, and I work out many musical/story related puzzles before writing any notes. I try my best to map out an entire score in my head, and to use major elements from the story to keep me on the right path. I also am very rooted in trying to view a story from an objective observational standpoint too, which helps give me a sense of style. I gain quite a bit of inspiration from my colleagues and collaborators as well, and very much enjoy trying to find a mutual means of dialogue that allows both of us to explore possibilities for a story musically. 

Copyright Timothy Schmalz 2016