william baird

Film & TV Composer | Original Music for Compelling Stories

  Band practice, UK, 1983

Band practice, UK, 1983

  Canada, 2016

Canada, 2016

My first memory of wanting to compose music was when I heard 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 a hundred 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 I 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.

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

Since working in Canada, I had the opportunity with Spotlight Productions to write the original music score to Film Director Matt Embry's award-winning feature documentary film 'Living Proof' (www.seelivingproof.com) which premiered in September 2017 at TIFF and the Calgary International Film Festival.

In 2018, I completed the original music for the new flagship Discovery TV Series 'Hellfire Heroes'. (https://www.discovery.ca/Shows/Hellfire-Heroes). Season 1 was broadcasted in May 2018.

I had the pleasure of writing the score to the CBC Doc Film 'Eviction Notice' (https://www.cbc.ca/shortdocs/shorts/eviction-notice) directed by Laura O'Grady. This broadcasted on CBC in July 2018.

For the remaining 2018 / 2019, I have been asked to score two feature length documentaries, which I am very excited about.

 


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, working together, can be a powerful art form. Through emotion comes change.

 

NATURE

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

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.

 

community

My Dad was my greatest mentor.  He shared many guiding principles to live by.  

One, is to be in service to the people you work with, and to participate in your community. Another is that when you give freely, life will give you more than you need.

I am passionate about building strong relationships in my 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.

 

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