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. This conviction arose from his youth spent in northern Québec where he, as a Métis citizen, was deeply affected by the solitude of the wilderness.
In 1977 Tim and fellow progressive rock band member, Mychael Danna, decided to “go it alone” and stopped inviting the drummer, bass player and singer to rehearsals. This would be the inception of Danna & Clément, Canada’s environment music pioneers.
Clément’s early experiments using minimalist techniques combined with wilderness recording attracted forward-thinking record companies, culminating with the release of five albums in collaboration with Mychael Danna recorded in Tim’s log cabin near the southern boundary of Algonquin Park and Mychael’s studio in Toronto. Clément solo releases include Waterstation (1988) and Wolfsong Night (1990).
Clément’s body of work encompasses scoring music for film, television, documentaries, dance/theatre and sound installation. Tim’s work often incorporates indigenous and exotic instrumentation from the vast spectrum of global, aboriginal and sacred music cultures with a focus on intermingling two or more music traditions.
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 Genie Award winning films: The Sweet Hereafter (2004), Exotica (1997) and The Adjuster (1991). Clément has composed three dance/theatre soundtracks for Québec’s Carbone 14, including L’Hiver - winner of Dora Mavor Moore award for outstanding music in 1997.
During Clément’s residency as staff composer for Toronto’s McLaughlin Planetarium (1990-1995), he scored music for the public star shows and astronomy exhibits. It was here that he was first introduced to the potential of composing spatial music and 360° surround soundscapes. Innovations in immersive audio technology has allowed Clément to further his vision of creating evocative sonic experiences. 3D, 4D, ambisonics and binaural sound augment the perception of size, space and distance, thereby enhancing the perception of motion that glues a visual scene together.
2019 marked the release of two albums, Terra Divina with Ben Watson & D1V1N1T1, and Dark Night On The Black Dog Highway with fellow artist/composer Lance Austin Olsen, rated 9th on Five Against Four’s best albums, 2019 edition.
Tim has worked 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 considered on of the most original and innovative voice in contemporary music.
Currently, Tim resides in Toronto, and is composing new music with Mychael Danna (Oscar and Golden Glove winner, Life of Pi, 2013) slated for release in late 2020.