|Also known as||CoLD SToRAGE|
|Genres||Electronica, Contemporary classical music, Ambient music, Video game music|
|Occupation(s)||Composer, programmer, creative director, managing director|
Tim Wright, known professionally as Cold Storage (stylized as CoLD SToRAGE), is a Welsh video game music composer most known for his work in video game soundtracks such as Shadow of the Beast II , Agony , Lemmings , Wipeout and Colony Wars .
His first commercial works were created using the Amiga in the early 1990s and featured in computer games published by Psygnosis.
Wright left Sony in 1997 to form Jester Interactive with the key goal of developing music creation software for home consoles. In his role as creative director at Jester, he designed Music and Music 2000 for the PlayStation and MTV, along with Music Generator and Music 3000 for the PlayStation 2 before leaving along with his brothers to form Checkmate Solutions Limited.
At Checkmate, Wright developed several musical sequencing products for Empire Interactive plc. under the eJay brand. After several products were developed, Wright left to form his own company, Tantrumedia Limited.
Wright currently manages Tantrumedia Limited and their audio division where he composes music, designs music sequencing software and oversees the production of websites and other multimedia projects.
While working as a computer programmer for Littlewoods/Index the Catalogue Shop in the late 1980s, Wright penned compositions for computer-based demos. One of these, entitled "Puggs in Space", caught the eye of Psygnosis' then managing director, Ian Hetherington. This led to Wright creating music for a number of Psygnosis' Amiga and Atari ST games, some of which won awards.This initial freelance work eventually led to him leaving his programming job for Littlewoods and going to work full-time at Psygnosis. as their senior sound artist on projects such as Lemmings , Wipeout , Wipeout 2097 and Colony Wars .
Leaving Psygnosis in 1997, Wright was involved in the formation of Jester Interactive Ltd.,with the intention of bringing music creation and mixing to Sony's original PlayStation console. The MUSICtm and MTV Music Generator series received industry awards & accolades, and spawned several incarnations of the MUSICtm Software before Wright finally departed with his brother Lee to form Checkmate Solutions Limited to design a new range of eJay music sequencing software.
In 2003, Wright formed his own multimedia company called Tantrumedia Ltd., involved in web space provision, website creation, software production, design & print and music. He also set up an official website to host much of his musical output under the name.
In 2005, as well as releasing the CoLD_SToRAGE double album Melt, he designed a new version of the dance & hip hop eJay music software for Empire Interactive, and made a return to Wipeout, this time for the Sony PSP with Wipeout Pure .
2006 saw Wright create more music for games, this time on the Nintendo DS, PSP and PC for forthcoming titles.
In 2008, Wright released his Android Child and Cold Storage HD albums.
In 2009, Wright penned music for more games on the DS, Wii and PlayStation 3, most notably Gravity Crash . He also released his fourth studio album, entitled Project Moonbounce 2009, which features sounds created by bouncing radio signals off the moonas part of World Moonbounce or EME (Earth Moon Earth) day.
The soundtrack album to Gravity Crash was released in 2010 and is Wright's fifth studio album, entitled Gravity Crash Anthems. This is quickly followed by his sixth studio album, Tik Tak.
Wright created his longest track ever, "Tangerine", which weighs in at 9 minutes and 31 seconds. This track was given away free to anyone who participated in the 2010 Cold Storage Easter Promotion. As such the track was a limited edition download. It was unavailable to the general public until it was made available on Bandcamp on Easter 2015.
Early in his career, Wright was the victim of plagiarism. Keyboardist Stian Aarstad copied the title track of the Amiga game "Agony" when he was recording an album with Norwegian band Dimmu Borgir; Aarstad also stole from other artists for this album.Wright was not compensated for this plagiarism.
Tim Wright spent his formative years attending the nearby Llanfynydd County Primary School, a Welsh first-language school. He exhibited musical aspirations at the age of three, singing self-penned songs into a portable cassette recorder. At the age of five, he moved with his family to a farm just outside Henllan. At the age of seven, he began attending weekly formal piano lessons. Wright lived on the farm with his mother, father and four siblings until he was 18, attending both Henllan County Primary School and Denbigh High School.
In his early teens he formed a short lived band called TUCAN with a fellow student. After completing his A-level examinations, he moved away to attend the Polytechnic of North London, where he studied Electronics and Communications Engineering for two years. Whilst at college, he also formed another two-man band in the shape of the snappily named Infinite Remix III Jnr.
Upon his return to Wales after his studies, he worked for six months at Sharp Manufacturing UK in Llay near Wrexham, but quickly moved on to work for Littlewoods in Liverpool, where he was part of the core team that programmed the in-house software for Index The Catalogue Shop. It was soon after moving to the Wirral that he also met and eventually married his first wife Michelle.
Leaving Littlewoods, he spent four years at Psygnosis before leaving to form Jester Interactive with his brother in 1997. It was around this time that he also met his second wife Claire, and just over a year later, their son Jacob was born. In 2003, Wright left Jester to form Checkmate Solutions Limited again with his brother Lee. In 2006, Checkmate Solutions Limited was dissolved leaving Wright to manage Tantrumedia Limited, a company he originally incorporated in 2003 as a vehicle for his work on websites and music production.
In 2016, Wright departed the UK and moved to Switzerland, where he now works for Numfum GmbH as their head of Studio.
Singles and EPs
Appearances on compilation albums
Covers and remixes
|Video Games Live||Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK||3 December 2006||On Stage Special Guest, Meet & Greet, Autographs|
|Burning Man 2009||Black Rock, Nevada, USA||Summer 2009||Controlled Burn Reno performance|
|Video Games Live||Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff, UK||3 December 2009||Meet & Greet, Autographs|
|ChipFest 6||Bier Keller, Liverpool, UK||27 August 2011||As CoLD SToRAGE playing selected hits Live|
|Sunrise Demo Party 2011||Strathmore Hotel, Luton, UK||10 September 2011||As CoLD SToRAGE playing selected hits Live|
|London Gaming Con (Inaugural)||Rocket Complex, London, UK||3 December 2011||As CoLD SToRAGE playing selected hits Live, on-stage Q&A session|
|MegaByte: CoLD SToRAGE Live||The Retro Bar, Manchester, UK||16 December 2011||As CoLD SToRAGE playing selected hits Live|
|FurVention 2015||Aloft Hotel, Liverpool, UK||23 January 2015||Guest of Honour - Presentation and Q&A Session|
|Amiga 30th Anniversary Event (Amiga30UK)||Marriott Hotel, Peterborough, UK||2 August 2015||As special guest, alongside Mike Clarke, playing various tracks live and describing life his time and work at Psygnosis.|
|AMIGA37||Kunstwerk, Mönchengladbach, Germany||15 & 16 October 2022||As a special guest alongside others, being interviewed on stage, and off. Signing autographs and posing for photos with fans.|
|Back In Time Live 2022 - A Musical Homage to the C64 & Amiga||Stereo Club, Christiesgate 14,Bergen, Norway||21 & 22 October 2022||Interviewed by John Carehag (Ziphoid) alongside Barry Leitch, Chris Hulesbeck, Jeroen Tel.|
Played multiple keyboards on stage with the rock band Fastloaders, performing cover version of his Shadow of the Beast 2 and Shadow of the Beast 3 music.
Sat at Chris Abbott stand, signing autographs and posing for photos with fans.
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