william baird

Film & TV Composer | Original Music for Compelling Stories

  Band practice, UK, 1983

Band practice, UK, 1983

  Calgary, Canada, 2016

Calgary, Canada, 2016

My first memory of wanting to compose music was when I listened to the album 'Organisation' by OMD.  I was 13 years old, sitting at my parent's dining room table wearing headphones, my head in my hands and my eyes closed in concentration. I must have listened to that album 100 times.  All I knew was that I wanted to write music like that. Since that moment, writing music has been my calling.

Throughout my teenage years, I wrote numerous songs. In the 80’s I formed an electronic duo band called ‘Pseudo Art’ and became completely absorbed in the British electronic music scene.

Our band's passion for electronic music led us to Los Angeles to follow our dreams. At the young age of 21, through hard work and serendipity, we had the pleasure of meeting and working with the now renowned film recording and mixing engineer Frank Wolf (Cher, Randy Newman) and the legendary record producer Peter Asher (Linda Ronstadt, Cher, 10,000 maniacs). This was an unforgettable experience that introduced me to the Hollywood music scene.

Once back in the UK, I completed a Sound Engineering course and later took private music lessons, learning about composition, harmony and orchestration. I was lucky to work briefly with a film composer based in London, who at the time was scoring a film called 'Mister Frost' and an American TV series titled ‘She-Wolf of London.'  Witnessing how music was scored to a film, and thoroughly enjoying the whole process, I decided to focus my attention on learning to write film music.

Since then, I have continued to learn and craft my own style in composition. I have been fortunate to write numerous songs, and score British short films and TV documentaries.

My journey has led me to live and work in Calgary, Canada.  Creating both music and community is important to me. I am on a renewed musical path with the intention of contributing to the growth and success of the Film and Television Industry.

I have just recently finished the original music score for Matt Embry's feature documentary 'Living Proof' which is being premiered in September 2017 at TIFF and the Calgary International Film Festival.

What Inspires Me

Powerful Story telling.

Storytelling is the most influential way to put ideas into the world today.

Our legacy of stories and storytelling is a precious gift to humanity. Collective wisdom is formed in our narrative and our music. 

A compelling story and thoughtfully crafted music, combined together, can be a powerful art form.


Albert Einstein once said, "Look deep into Nature and then you will understand everything better."

Being immersed in Nature reminds me of how insignificant we humans really are. I am humbled in how I see life and the important changes we have to make. While we are small in size, our impact on our planet is immense.

I strive to work with filmmakers and storytellers who are passionate about making a difference in how we maintain a balance of sustainable life on Earth. Through the amazing films being made today, positive change is starting to happen and individuals are seeing their role in preserving Nature. I am moved to participate in these stories and the impact they make.


My Dad was my greatest mentor and my number one fan.  He shared many guiding principles to live by.  One, is to be in service to the people I work with and to participate in my community. Another is that when you give freely, life will give you what you need.

Now that I have moved to Calgary, I am passionate about building a strong film and music community.  Every person I have met along my journey has inspired me - I want their success to be part of my legacy.

Zak, the producer. 

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