At an early age, British born Film & TV Composer William Baird discovered his gift of translating story and emotion into musical notes.
William started writing music at the age of 13, after being inspired by 80’s synth band Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. It was their 1980 album ‘Organisation’ that ignited his passion for music. Throughout his teenage years, William wrote numerous synth pop songs and in the early 80’s he formed an electronic duo band, Pseudo Art. He became completely absorbed in the British electronic music scene.
The band's passion for electronic music led him to Los Angeles in the late 80’s. At the young age of 21, through hard work and serendipity, his band had the pleasure of working with mixing engineer Frank Wolf (Cher, Randy Newman), the legendary record producer Peter Asher (James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross, Cher, 10,000 maniacs), as well as with Island Records.
Upon return to the UK, William completed a Sound Engineering program at the University of Kingston, London, and studied composition, harmony and orchestration under private tuition. He worked with renowned record producer and film composer Steve Levine, (Culture Club, China Crisis) who scored the feature film “Mister Frost,” starring Jeff Goldblum, and the American TV series “She-Wolf of London.” This was a profound time in his life, being introduced to the world of Film & TV music composition. William had finally found his true passion.
Whilst based in the UK, William scored numerous short films, commercials, TV Channel idents, animations and TV documentaries. Highlights included composing the music to “Winston’s War” a 2-part documentary series on the Channel 4 TV network, the BAFTA award-nominated Channel 4 documentary series “Time Team,” as well as a UK feature film “Web of Deceit.”
Since moving to Canada, William has worked with numerous Film & TV Production Companies, and he continues to use his natural ability to determine the language of musical ideas, to enhance and compliment the stories being told.
For Spotlight Productions, William scored the original music for Film Director Matt Embry's multi award-winning feature documentary film “Living Proof,” which premiered in September 2017 at TIFF and at the Calgary International Film Festival. (www.seelivingproof.com).
In 2018, William was nominated for an AMPIA Award, for Best Original Score for “Living Proof”
Recently, William worked with Montreal-based Production Company Pixcom to provide the original music for a new Discovery TV Series “Hellfire Heroes.” Season 1 was broadcast in May 2018, and Season 2 is now in production. (https://www.discovery.ca/Shows/Hellfire-Heroes).
William wrote the score to the CBC Documentary Film “Eviction Notice,” directed by Laura O'Grady. This film premiered at Toronto Hot Docs and was broadcast on CBC in July 2018. (https://www.cbc.ca/shortdocs/shorts/eviction-notice)
Additionally, the award-winning short documentary film “Mule – Living on the Outside” was also scored by William for Director / Producer, John McDonald.
William is now scheduled to score two new feature length documentaries, “The Secret Marathon,” and a working title “Heart”- both to be released in 2019. He is a member of SOCAN, CAVCO and the Screen Composers Guild of Canada.
Testimonials / Recommendations
“It is my pleasure to recommend William to anyone who is looking for high level, super edgy composition for series, drama or documentary work.
William created a wide range of tracks that varied from an opening, a title sequence, action, dramatic and funny cues to entire sequences and closing credits. William is so great to work with and extremely flexible. We had to translate emotional, fast pace and sometimes dangerous situations into music cues that accommodated but didn’t overwhelm the story or the visual.
William was happy to make changes and accommodate these needs.
He also came up with great and exciting solutions that made it clear we are working with a true professional. I feel that his work complimented the series and added a depth that can’t be done with a music library. For more details feel free to reach out to me at Sharone@4eastmedia.com - 647 887 0238.”
Sharone Ostrovsky - Executive Producer
“Working with William Baird on the score for the feature documentary ‘Living Proof’ was an incredible experience from beginning to end. William took the time to harmonize our creative approach prior to his composing and sent examples early in his process to ensure that he was on the right path. Further, William was forced to work under a tight deadline and he masterfully delivered!
From composing, to spotting sessions, to reviewing the documentary in theatre, William's dedication to excellence is unmatched in my experience as a filmmaker.”
Matt Embry - Director
“William Baird composed the music for my short documentary. It was a wonderful score -- emotional and evocative. I don't think I'm the only director who has difficulty describing what I want the music to sound like, but William really knows how to ask the right questions and, most importantly, listen to my ramblings. I look forward to working with him again!”
John McDonald - Producer / Director