Tim Gorman is a music producer, arranger, composer, keyboardist, and vocalist with thirty years of experience working in the music and film industry. His composition and production background, and mastery of piano, organ, synthesizer and the latest software sets him apart from his peers. A true musician's musician, Tim's natural musical talent and varied skill set have enabled him to rise to high levels in many different genres of music. music composer music production
Tim has recorded and performed with a diverse list of legendary artists, including The Who, The Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Duane Eddy, John Hiatt, Celtic master fiddler Alasdair Fraser, Hellecasters, Levon Helm, Johnny Cash, Emmy Lou Harris, Charlie Daniels, jazz saxophonist Steve Douglas, Paul Kennerly, Journey, The Smithereens, Hawaiian slack key guitar virtuoso Kapono Beamer, Greg Kihn, Paul Kantner and The KBC Band. The list continues to grow.
Tim has also enjoyed a successful career as a solo recording artist, and has produced music for film and game soundtracks. Film scoring credits include James Cameron's "Titanic," and Columbia Pictures "No Small Affair." Game credits 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. While there, Tim recorded sessions on The Spinners "8" for Atlantic Records, and accompanied Elton John on "The Thom Bell Sessions" for MCA Records. Tim also collaborated with songwriter Bill Lamb, who introduced Tim to iconic British producer Glyn Johns.
Tim was awarded a recording contract in 1979 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. 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 Glyn Johns' production company "Turn Up Down Music," Tim worked with legendary artists The Rolling Stones, The Who, Elton John, John Entwistle, Dusty Springfield, as well as Local Boys, Tim Renwick, Diane Tell, and producer David MacKay.
In 1978 Tim performed piano, synthesizer, and Hammond B3 organ on the Rolling Stones tracks "Emotional Rescue" and "Tattoo You."
In 1982 Tim recorded keyboards on The Who's 10th studio album "It's Hard". At Pete Townshend's home studio, Tim recorded electric piano to accompany Pete's synthesizer for the now-legendary introduction to "Eminence Front" that has been used as background music in countless advertisements and soundtracks. Tim played piano and synthesizer on the accompanying tour "The Who Across America" and is featured on the live album "Who's Last" that was recorded during that tour. It was at the Shea Stadium show in 1982 that Tim was awarded his first two RIAA certified gold records.
In 1986 Tim collaborated with renowned Who bassist John Entwistle to record "The Rock" and toured with the album throughout 1988-89. Tim reunited with The Who in 2006 to record overdubs on the rerelease of the 1982 show "Live From Toronto".
Tim worked with Paul Kantner and the KBC Band in 1985-1987, and played keyboards for the Jefferson Airplane reunion tour in 1989. He also performed in Kantner's band Wooden Ships in 1991-1992, and the reunited Jefferson Starship until 1995.
Since 1995, Tim has used his extensive background in not only session work and live performance, but in composition and production to accommodate the needs of his individual clients.
Tim’s career as a solo artist began in 1996, when he 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.
Tim released his second solo offering, "Celtic Loop" on Timtone Records in 2004, 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 of classics 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.
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.
No matter what the genre, Tim has been asked to compose for it. Songwriting has always been a passion for Tim. Here is a playlist sampling.
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