Neoclassical composer Tim Thompson started playing the piano at the age of two-- which started his love and enthusiasm for classical music. He has 12 years of choral training and performed in Renaissance Ensembles (playing recorder) and Madrigal groups (renaissance chorus). He has even played the Psaltery (a type of early harp) in the Play of Daniel.
He studied composition under the composer, Amelee Russell in New York, and musicology with Victor Mattfeld at Richmond College, also in New York, where he graduated with Honors in musicology. He went on to become an apprentice and master pipe organ builder in the Boston area, built clavichords, harpsichords and restored 19th century reed and pipe organs. He has written music for many instruments-- most notably My Lord of Clavichorde, His Booke which is a parody on the famous Fitzwilliam Virginal Book.
As technology progressed, Tim applied his knowledge and musical talents to computer controlled synthesizers. "There is a remarkable similarity between the logical architecture of a pipe organ and a synthesizer, which made the transition very easy for me. In fact, pipe organs had a type of memory long before computers even existed!" says Tim.
In 1997 he began composing the Symphonia Felina and the MIDI Clyde Tunes-- signature themes for his popular Web site: ClydeSight2.0! - the fun and games cat site. He has composed themes for other Web Sites, including The Tao of Meow, Queen Bitsys Castle, The Lioness' Den and his Concert at CLAW has been running non-stop performances since 1997. The tonal richness and quality of his music was well received, and he surprised listeners by revealing that musical guidance came from his cat, Clyde.
"I kid you not," says Tim. "I was experimenting with different sounds and arrangements, and I noticed that Clyde was reacting to the music. I chose the sounds he responded positively to. I knew that cats can hear musical harmonics better than humans, so Clyde was both mentor and muse."
As a result, Tim developed a unique musical arrangement style that some have called "catnip for the ears." Admirers of his music urged him to produce an album. Symphonia Felina and Other Mewsical Masterworks debuted on cassette in 1998, and was re-released in CD format in 2003.
Tim's experience in creating the Symphonia Felina Album expanded his understanding and appreciation of timbre - the quality of musical tone...which led to this new album, Forestdale - Tone Poems Inspired by Nature. In this album, Tim has expanded his neoclassical style to include some romanticism and new age approaches. "My goal was to create an album of music that was rich in ambience, the atmosphere and mood that music can create to change an environment." Tim explains.
So what's next from Tim? Currently, he's working on a large symphonic project, the Concerto for Virtual Harp and Orchestra. Like the Symphonia Felina and Forestdale, its a whole new approach in the neoclassical style, and it promises to be as beautiful and thrilling as Tim's other works.