Tim Clément began composing music in the late 1970’s with a conviction that the music with which we surround ourselves acts as a conditioning agent, having profound effects on our physical, emotional and spiritual lives. His innovative manipulation of minimalist techniques and field recordings attracted forward-thinking record companies and resulted in the release of ten records internationally, four of which were in collaboration with friend and colleague Mychael Danna. Globally recognized as the acclaimed duo, Danna & Clément, their collective works established a distinctive “Canadiana” sound, coined as “Romantic Minimalism” and referred to as mystical soundscapes.
These early experiences provided Clément with essential skills for composing, recording and sound production. This resulted in a five-year position as Composer-In-Residence at Toronto’s McLaughlin Planetarium from 1990-1995.
Much of Tim's youth was spent in Northen Quebec, where he, as a Métis citizen first conceived of using music as an environment or atmosphere. At the age of 24, this conviction motivated him to spend five years living in the Northern Ontario wilderness to observe and record natural soundscapes. Fundamental to his development as a composer, this intimate connection with the land is woven throughout Clément's compositions.
During his residency at the planetarium, Clément had the opportunity to research and implement varied strategies to record and reproduce omni-directional sound scenes. These strategies have also been applied to live productions and sound installations.
The pursuit to produce the most evocative sonic experiences has always been fundamental to his work. New advances in immersive audio technology are rapidly making Tims' vision a reality. 3D, 4D, ambisonics and binaural sound are used to augment the perception of size, space and distance, thereby enhancing the perception of motion that glues a visual scene together.
While maintaining a passion for immersive soundscapes, Clément often incorporates exotic instrumentation from the vast spectrum of global, indigenous and sacred
music cultures, particularly where two or more cultural traditions intermingle.
Throughout his professional career Clément has worked on over 35 projects and commissions, including composition and sound design for music for film, television, theatre, dance, domed theatres, video and sound installation.
Tim has worked and recorded with many of Canada's most prominent and talented musicians, including: Kim Deschamps, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Oliver Schroer, Anne Bourne, Ron Korb, Al Cross, Patrick O'Gorman, John Johnson, Colin Cripps, Anne Lindsay, Tara McLean, Paul Inston, Mark Shannon, Ron Allen, Michael Uytebroek, Lee Whalen, Ben Watson and Tom Wilson.
Tim Clément is now considered one of the most original and innovative voices in contemporary music.
Currently, Tim is residing in Toronto, and composing new music for an album slated for release in 2019 - with Mychael Danna (Oscar & Golden Globe winner, Life of Pi, 2013).