Tim Davies (musician)

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Tim Davis
Born1972 (age 4849)
NationalityFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Occupationorchestrator and composer

Tim Davies (born 1972) is an Australian orchestrator and composer for film, television, video games, and the concert stage.



Davies studied percussion and composition at the Queensland Conservatorium in Brisbane, [1] and composition at the Elder Conservatorium and the University of Melbourne. [2]


After moving to the United States in 1998, he began his career working as a music arranger and orchestrator for numerous features, including Plan B, The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest, and Missing Brendan. From there, he would go on to work as the orchestrator on numerous larger budget films, including When a Stranger Calls , Death Race, Repo Men, and Kick Ass 2.

In 2002, Davies also started working in the realms of television, as the music arranger for the TV Movie Fitzgerald. Since then, he has worked as conductor and orchestrator on series such as Invasion, Pushing Daisies, Revenge, and Empire . In 2016, it was announced that he would be working as the composer on Trollhunters, [3] the new animated series from Guillermo Del Toro's animated, whom Davies had previously collaborated with as the composer for Crimson Peak. [4]

Davies has also worked as the conductor on numerous video game titles, his debut work being for the Sony's 2005 SOCOM 3: US Navy SEALs. Since then, he's worked on titles such as Prototype , Resistance 3 and Batman: Arkham City. He was also, recently, the symphonic sound designer on The Last of Us and Batman:Arkham Knight.

Davies also has experience as an arranger, having arranged and played drums for the twentieth anniversary concert of NAS' Illmatic [5] and being <--to avoid false positives in search for 'being led/lead' typo-->lead arranger for Kendrick Lamar's recent performance of To Pimp a Butterfly, [6] both featuring the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

Tim Davies Big Band

Tim Davies Big Band was founded in 1998, shortly before Davies moved to the United States. [7] Once in LA, he created a new iteration of the band. Their first album, Epic, was released in 2002, followed, in 2009, by Dialmentia. [8] In 2010, Davies was awarded a Grammy for his composition "Counting to Infinity". [2] In 2016, Davies released his third album, The Expensive Train Set, incorporating performances from both Melbourne and LA iterations of his band, [4] [9] for which he received another Grammy nomination. [10]



2019 Frozen II Conductor, lead orchestrator
2017 Going in Style Lead orchestrator
2017 Rings Conductor, lead orchestrator
2017 Monster Trucks Conductor, lead orchestrator
2016 La La Land Conductor
2016 Trolls Conductor, lead orchestrator
2016 Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Conductor, lead orchestrator
2016 Independence Day: Resurgence Conductor, lead orchestrator
2015 The Peanuts Movie Conductor, orchestrator
2015 Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse Conductor, lead orchestrator
2015 Crimson Peak Composer (additional music)
2015 Ant-Man Conductor, orchestrator
2015 Minions Lead orchestrator
2015 Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Conductor
2014 The Book of Life Conductor, score arranger
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Conductor
2014 Muppets Most Wanted Conductor, lead orchestrator
2013 Frozen Conductor, orchestrator
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Orchestrator
2013 White House Down Conductor
2013 The Hangover Part III Conductor
2012 Jack Reacher Conductor
2011 The Three Musketeers Lead orchestrator
2010 Despicable Me Conductor
2010 Hot Tub Time Machine Conductor
2010 Repo Men Orchestrator
2010 The Wolfman Conductor
2009 Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Conductor
2008 Death Race Conductor
2007 The Simpsons's Movie Orchestrator
2006 When A Stranger Calls Conductor
2005 Forbidden Warrior Orchestrator
2004 The Final Cut Music arranger
2002 The First $20 Million Is Always the Hardest Orchestrator
2001Plan BConductor, music arranger
2000Bit Players (Short)Music arranger


2016 Trollhunters Composer
2015–2016 Empire Lead orchestrator
2014–2015 Revenge Lead orchestrator
2014 Bates Motel Conductor (2 episodes)
2011 Teen Wolf Orchestrator (12 episodes)
2010–2011 The Event Conductor, orchestrator (15 episodes)
2010–2011 No Ordinary Family Conductor
2007–2009 Pushing Daisies Conductor, orchestrator
2005–2006InvasionConductor, orchestrator
2002FitzgeraldMusic arranger

Video games

2015 Batman: Arkham Knight Lead orchestrator, symphonic sound designer
2013 Knack Orchestrator
2013 The Last of Us Symphonic sound design
2011 Batman: Arkham City Conductor, orchestrator
2011 Resistance 3 Orchestrator
2011 Infamous 2 Orchestrator
2010 Lost Planet 2 Orchestrator
2010 Darksiders Orchestrator
2009 Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time Orchestrator
2009 The Sims 3 Conductor
2009 Prototype Lead orchestrator
2008 Gears of War 2 Conductor
2007 The Simpsons Game Conductor, lead orchestrator
2007 Clive Barker's Jericho Conductor
2005 Socom 3 U.S. Navy SEALs Conductor, orchestrator

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