Tim Clément began composing music in the 1970s believing that the music with which we surround ourselves acts as a conditioning agent having profound effects on our physical, emotional and spiritual lives. Tim’s indigenous ancestral background from Northern Quebec is reflected in his numerous compositions portraying a deep connection to the land.
Clément’s early experiments using minimalist techniques combined with field recordings attracted forward-thinking record companies culminating in the release of numerous albums. These include four records in collaboration with lifelong music partner, Mychael Danna, (Oscar-winner for Life of Pi, 2013) recorded at Tim’s wilderness log cabin studio between 1982 & 1995. Clément’s solo releases include Waterstation (1989) and Wolfsong Night (1992).
Clément’s extensive body of work includes scoring for film, television documentaries, dance, theatre and sound installations. Tim’s work often combines exotic influences from a wide spectrum of global indigenous and sacred music cultures.
Feature documentary scores include: Return to Kandahar (2003), Hitman Hart (1998) and the mini-series Machine Gun (2000) for the Discovery Channel. Tim has also contributed to Atom Egoyan’s award winning films: The Sweet Hereafter (2004), Exotica (1997) and The Adjuster (1991). Clément scored three dance/theatre soundtracks for Québec’s Carbone 14, including L’Hiver - winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for outstanding musical production in 1997.
Additionally, Tim has scored soundtracks for the star shows and astronomy exhibits at Toronto’s McLaughlin Planetarium where he worked as composer in residence between1990 & 1995. It was here that he began composing spatial music and 360° surround soundscapes. New innovations in immersive audio technology allows Clément to create evocative sonic experiences. Ambisonics and binaural sound augment the perception of size, space and distance, thereby enhancing the perception of motion that glues a visual scene together.
More recently, Tim and Mychael have reissued their seminal ambient environmental music album, North of Niagara, on CD and all digital platforms.
Tim Clément is considered one of the most original and innovative voices in contemporary music. Currently, Tim resides in Toronto and is developing an exciting new project with Mychael Danna.