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Tim Gorman is an award-winning music producer, arranger, composer, keyboardist, and vocalist. In thirty years in the Music and Film Industry, Tim has worked with major artists including The Who, The Rolling Stones, Duane Eddy, John Hiatt and is a successful solo artist. Film scoring credits include James Cameron’s “Titanic,” and Columbia Pictures “No Small Affair.” Gaming Industry contributing works include Electronic Arts, The Sims, and Spore.
Tim Gorman’s remarkable career began in the Pacific Northwest as a session musician at Recording Associates in Portland and Kaye-Smith Studios in Seattle. At Kaye-Smith he worked with producer/engineers Jim Gaines, Buzz Richmond and the legendary R&B producer songwriter Thom Bell. There, Tim recorded sessions on The Spinners “8” for Atlantic Records, and accompanied Elton John on “The Thom Bell Sessions” for MCA Records.
While at Kaye-Smith, Tim collaborated with songwriter Bill Lamb and was introduced to iconic British producer Glyn Johns, who soon gave him his first production and recording contract. This break catapulted Tim’s career into the heart of the rock music industry where he would go on to make significant contributions in both recording and live performance.
While working for Johns’ production company “Turn Up Down Music,” Tim worked with rock legends like The Who, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, John Entwistle, Lazy Racer, Local Boys, Dusty Springfield, Tim Renwick, Diane Tell, and producer David MacKay.
In 1978 Tim performed overdubs on the piano, synthesizer, and Hammond B3 organ on the Rolling Stones tracks “Emotional Rescue” and “Tattoo You.”
Extensive work with The Who includes:
-Recorded with The Who in 1982 on the band’s 10th studio album “It’s Hard” and performed on the accompanying tour “The Who Across America.” It was on this tour, at Shea Stadium, that Tim was awarded his first two RIAA certified gold records.
-At his home studio, Tim and Pete Townshend recorded the now-legendary keyboard introduction to “Eminence Front,” used by countless athletes, sports organizations, television shows and movies.
-The Who’s 1983 album “Who’s Last” also features Tim on the piano and synthesizer.
-In 1986 Tim collaborated with renowned Who bassist John Entwistle to record “The Rock” and toured with the album throughout 1988-89. Griffin Music released “The Rock” in 1996.
-In 2006 Tim reunited with The Who to record “Live From Toronto” for MCA Records.
A true “Musician’s Musician,” Tim’s composition and production background and mastery of piano, organ, synthesizer and the latest software sets him apart from his peers. His natural musical talent and varied skill set have enabled him to rise to high levels in many different genres of music. Tim has recorded and performed with a diverse list of legendary artists, from Celtic master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, to psychedelic overlords The Jefferson Airplane/Starship. Other collaborators include guitar giant Duane Eddy, the trailblazing Hellecasters, Levon Helm, Johnny Cash, Emmy Lou Harris, Charlie Daniels, John Hiatt, jazz saxophonist Steve Douglas, Paul Kennerly, Journey, The Smithereens, Hawaiian slack key guitar virtuoso Kapono Beamer, Paul Kantner, Greg Kihn. This list continues to grow.
COMPOSER and RECORDING ARTIST
Tim’s personal career as a recording artist and composer began in 1979 when he was awarded a recording contract with A&M Records through Glyn Johns and his partner, entertainment attorney Eric Kronfeld. Dubbing themselves “Lazy Racer,” he and a select group of musicians released the self-titled album “Lazy Racer” and the 1980 follow up “Lazy Racer- Formula 2.” The albums were well received by music critics in both the U.K. and the U.S.
In 1996 Tim released his first solo record, “Classical Daydreams” on Gallery Records. A return to decades of classical music study, it features 10 quintessential selections from classical masters; Bach, Chopin, Debussy, Delibes, Dvorak, Massenet, Pachelbel, Rachmaninoff, and Satie. The selections display Tim’s extraordinary orchestration talents and continue to receive generous reviews. “Classical Daydreams” was the first recording done at Tim’s “Timtone Media Studios” and marked his debut as both producer and engineer.
In 2004 Tim released his second solo offering, “Celtic Loop” on Timtone Records with credit as composer, producer, and engineer. Inspiration for “Celtic Loop” came from his ancestry and childhood home, where Irish reels and traditional Celtic music were commonplace. Further inspiration came from touring with master Celtic fiddler Alasdair Fraser in the Scottish Highlands.
“Celtic Loop” is a distinctly unique project featuring an unusual approach to production and recording. It’s original, meticulously crafted audio loops and samples were created by Tim using state-of-the-art recording and editing software. The recording was brought to life by overdubbing authentic Celtic instruments and musicians, captured by senior mixing engineer Stephen Hart at Fantasy Studios.
In 2011 Tim released his third solo album on Timtone Records, “Cowboy.” Again, acting as composer, producer and engineer, “Cowboy” is a collection of acoustic piano performances deeply rooted in traditional Country and Americana. His limitless breadth of composition is well-expressed on this album, which also includes two interpretations by modern American composers; “Last Date” by Floyd Kramer and “Sweet Baby James” by James Taylor.
The opening cut, “Ashokan Farewell” by Jay Ungar was recently made popular in the Ken Burns documentary “The Civil War.” Recorded live at Skywalker Sound with no edits, punch-ins or overdubs, Tim was able to capture every detail and nuance true to the performance, a demanding process with unique results. Pleasing Audiophiles everywhere, “Cowboy” was recorded “direct to digital,” bypassing the studio console to go straight to high definition recorders, rendering a flawless presentation. The outstanding performance is delivered to the listener with help from final product; a high-resolution 96K DVD audio disc in addition to the standard audio CD.
GAMING and MULTIMEDIA
Tim’s orchestration talents took him to the French National Theatre as Music Director for Sony/France in 1991. Later, Tim worked under composer James Horner on James Cameron’s “Titanic” and Columbia Pictures “No Small Affair.”
Another unique project for the film industry was the sound restoration of 284 Popeye cartoons for Paramount Pictures. This required hand-writing each song from the original soundtrack and then re-playing, recording and mixing them at his studio.
Tim has expanded his repertoire to the gaming industry, collaborating with other professionals to design and craft the music for “ Sims 2,” “Sims 3,” and “Spore” for Electronic Arts.
JOEY Award: Best Digital Opener, Cisco Systems.
RIAA Certified Gold and Platinum Record Awards: The Who “It’s Hard,” Journey “Time”
Member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.
Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition, University of Portland.
Berklee College of Music, Jazz Composition and Performance.
1978 Lazy Racer “Lazy Racer” A&M Records
1978 The Rolling Stones “Emotional Rescue/Tattoo You” Rolling Stones Records
1979 The Spinners “From Here To Eternally” Philadelphia International Records
1979 Pleasure “Future Now” Fantasy Records
1979 Bill Summers”On Sunshine” Fantasy Records
1980 Taxxi “Day For Night” Fantasy Records
1980 Lazy Racer “Formula 2” A&M Records
1980 Tim Renwick – Columbia Records
1982 The Who “It’s Hard” Warner Bros.
1982 Tom Coster “Ivory Expedition” Fantasy Records
1982 Taxxi “States Of Emergency” Fantasy Records
1983 The Who “Who’s Last” MCA Records
1983 Taxxi “Foreign Tongue” Fantasy Records
1984 The Look “Everybody’s Acting”
1986 KBC band “KBC band” Arista Records
1990 Narada “Wilderness Sampler” Narada Records
1992 Journey “Time3 Box Set” Columbia Records
1993 Pleasure “Greatest of Pleasure” Fantasy Records
1995 Jefferson Starship “Deep Space/Virgin Sky” Sony Records
1995 Kapono Beamer “Crusin’ On Hawaiian Time”
1995 Poetic Justice “Poetic Justice”
1996 Tim Gorman “Classical Daydreams” Gallery Records
1996 Paul Kantner “Guide Through The Chaos”
1996 Wine Country Classics Gallery Records
1996 Alasdair Fraser “Dawn Dance” Culburnie Records
1996 Will Ray “Invisible Birds”
1996 John Entwistle “The Rock”
1996 Emmy Lou Harris “Portraits”
1997 Marshall Coleman “Love Is Suicide” 911 Records
1998 The Smithereens “Downbound Train”
1999 Jefferson Starship “Windows Of Heaven” Sony Records
1999 Paul Kennerley “White Mansions/The Legend Of Jesse James” A&M Records
2000 Alasdair Fraser “Auld Lang Syne” Culburnie Records
2000 Grant Taylor “Journey”
2003 The Spinners “Chrome Collection” P.I.R.
2004 Tim Gorman “Celtic Loop” Timtone Records
2004 Andy Fairweather-Low ”Wide Eyed And Legless”
2006 The Who “Live From Toronto” MCA Records
2006 J. Thompson “Inside World”
2006 The Look - Collection For The Record
2006 John Blakeley “Tan Mantis”
2006 The Heart Attacks “Hellbound And Heartless”
2007 Greg Kihn Band “Extended Versions” Sony Records
2008 Emmy Lou Harris “Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems”
2011 Tim Gorman “Cowboy” Timtone Records
1980 Lazy Racer “Lazy Racer, Formula 2- Heart of Hearts, Jumpin’ the Gun” A&M Records
1982 The Who “Eminence Front, The Who Across America Tour” Warner Bros.
1985 “Maxie” starring Glenn Close. Jazz pianist for Ms. Close. Orion Pictures
1985 “No Small Affair” starring, Demi Moore. “Over The Top” for song for score. Columbia Pictures
1986 KBC Band “America” Arista Records
1987 “Chinas Living Treasures” directed by Vincent Lynch. Original score. PBS
1989 Jefferson Airplane “Planes, True Love” Epic Records
1990 “Popeye” Cartoon Series – Restoration of music scores for 284 cartoons. Mutato Musika, Paramount Pictures
1997 “Titanic” directed by James Cameron. Contributing score. Lightstorm Ent., Paramount Pictures. 20th Century Fox
2001 “Cisco Systems/Partnership Summit” Original score. Winner of JOEY Award for Best Digital Opener. SEED Productions
2002 “Country Bears” Score contributor Walt Disney Pictures
2004-08 “Saving The Bay” narrated by Robert Redford. Original score and contributing score. KQED / PBS
2005-06 “The Sims 2” Original songs for expansion packet. Electronic Arts / Maxis
2007 “California Light Speed Rail Authority” Original score. Amercury Media
2008 “Spore” Contributing score. Electronic Arts / Maxis
2009 “McClatchy/Knight Ridder” Original Score. Amercury Media
2010 “The Sims 3” Original piano pieces Electronic Arts / Maxis
2011 “NIKE” Original score for multi media event Herenow Creative