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Tommy Finke (born Thomas David Finke on 4 February 1981 in Bochum, Germany), also known as T.D. Finck von Finckenstein, is a singer-songwriter as well as composer of electronic computer music, theatre music and for modern dance.

Bochum Place in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Bochum is the sixth largest city of the most populous German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia after Cologne, Düsseldorf, Dortmund, Essen and Duisburg, and its 364,920 (2016) inhabitants make it the 16th largest city of Germany. On the Ruhr Heights (Ruhrhöhen) hill chain, between the rivers Ruhr to the south and Emscher to the north, it is the second largest city of Westphalia after Dortmund, and the fourth largest city of the Ruhr after Dortmund, Essen and Duisburg. It lies at the centre of the Ruhr, Germany's largest urban area, in the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region, and belongs to the region of Arnsberg. It is surrounded by the cities of Herne, Castrop-Rauxel, Dortmund, Witten, Hattingen, Essen and Gelsenkirchen. Bochum is the sixth largest and one of the southernmost cities in the Low German dialect area. There are nine institutions of higher education in the city, most notably the Ruhr University Bochum, one of the ten largest universities in Germany, and Bochum University of Applied Sciences.

Computer music is the application of computing technology in music composition, to help human composers create new music or to have computers independently create music, such as with algorithmic composition programs. It includes the theory and application of new and existing computer software technologies and basic aspects of music, such as sound synthesis, digital signal processing, sound design, sonic diffusion, acoustics, and psychoacoustics. The field of computer music can trace its roots back to the origins of electronic music, and the very first experiments and innovations with electronic instruments at the turn of the 20th century.

Theatre music

Theatre music refers to a wide range of music composed or adapted for performance in theatres. Genres of theatre music include opera, ballet and several forms of musical theatre, from pantomime to operetta and modern stage musicals and revues. Another form of theatre music is incidental music, which, as in radio, film and television, is used to accompany the action or to separate the scenes of a play. The physical embodiment of the music is called a score, which includes the music and, if there are lyrics, it also shows the lyrics.


Tommy Finke
Background information
Birth name Thomas David Finke
Born (1981-02-04) 4 February 1981 (age 37)
Bochum, Germany
Origin Bochum, Hamburg
Genres Power pop, emo, punk rock (early)
Occupation(s) Songwriter, vocalist, guitarist, composer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, synthesizer
Years active 1998–present
Labels Retter des Rock Records; ROOF Music
Associated acts Tommy Finke, Hummelgesicht
Website Official website


Tommy Finke during a theatre performance, 2014 Tommy Finke during a theatre play.JPG
Tommy Finke during a theatre performance, 2014
Tommy Finke & Band at Bochum Total, 2009 Tommyfinkeandbandbochumtotal2009.JPG
Tommy Finke & Band at Bochum Total, 2009
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Tommy Finke & Band live, 2004

Tommy Finke was born Thomas David Finke in Bochum, Germany. Since 1998 he has been on stage, first playing cover versions of Oasis songs, and later his own material. Bands like The Beatles, The Cure, Rio Reiser and The Police are the main influences in his work, as well as German Indie bands like Tocotronic and Die Sterne.

Oasis (band) English rock band

Oasis were an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1991. Developed from an earlier group, the Rain, the band originally consisted of Liam Gallagher, Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (guitar), Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan and Tony McCarroll (drums). Upon returning to Manchester, Liam's older brother, Noel Gallagher joined as a fifth member, which formed the band's core and settled line-up. During the course of their existence, they had various line-up changes.

The Beatles English rock band

The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the group were integral to pop music's evolution into an art form and to the development of the counterculture of the 1960s. They often incorporated classical elements, older pop forms and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways, and later experimented with several musical styles ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock. As the members continued to draw influences from a variety of cultural sources, their musical and lyrical sophistication grew, and they were seen as an embodiment of the era's sociocultural movements.

The Cure English rock band

The Cure are an English rock band formed in Crawley in 1976. The band has experienced several line-up changes, with vocalist, guitarist, and principal songwriter Robert Smith being the only constant member. The Cure first began releasing music in the late 1970s with their debut album Three Imaginary Boys (1979); this, along with several early singles, placed the band as part of the post-punk and new wave movements that had sprung up in the wake of the punk rock revolution in the United Kingdom. During the early 1980s, the band's increasingly dark and tormented music was a staple of the emerging style of music known as gothic rock.

Finke was the lead singer of different project bands before he finally started his own band, called "Stromgitarre", in 1999. However, since he wrote all the music and lyrics, the band was renamed "Tommy Finke & Stromgitarre" in 2003. The band was later renamed again and became "Tommy Finke & Band".

Tommy Finke studied "Elektronische Komposition" at the Folkwang Hochschule in Essen from 2003 on. In 2008, he graduated [1] but decided to continue his studies in order to learn more about modern music.

In 2007, Tommy Finke founded his own record label, "Retter des Rock Records", in order to release his debut album "Repariert, was Euch kaputt macht!", which was released as a vinyl record in 2007 and re-released as a CD Version in 2008.

Tommy Finke and his band took second place at the nationwide German "Jugend kulturell Förderpreis 2008" on 11 November. [2]

In August 2009, Tommy Finke announced there will be a new record entitled "Poet der Affen / Poet of the Apes" in early 2010 due to a record deal with German label Roof Music. [3] The recording sessions for this album started in October 2008. [4]

"Poet der Affen / Poet of the Apes" was released as a double album on 29 January 2010. It contains 13 songs, each recorded in German and English. This is unique for a German singer/songwriter. On the title track of the album, well-known skeptic James Randi is heard speaking an introduction. [5]

"Unkämmbar" was released on 28 March 2013 as a special edition album.


For the play Das goldene Zeitalter – 100 Wege dem Schicksal die Show zu stehlen by Kay Voges Finke composed a complete musical soundtrack. The play premiered on 13 September 2013 at Theater Dortmund. [6]

In 2014 Tommy Finke composed music for 4.48 Psychosis written by Sarah Kane, also directed by Kay Voges. Equipped with body-sensors the actors' body-data controls parts of the composition. It premiered on 3 May 2014 at Theater Dortmund. [7] [8]




  • 2008 Repariert, was Euch kaputt macht! (10 Songs, Retter des Rock Records, Vinyl, CD [9] and online)
  • 2010 Poet der Affen / Poet of the Apes (13 songs (26 tracks in German and English), ROOF Music, Indigo)
  • 2013 Unkämmbar (AREA Entertainment)


  • 2004 1000 Meilen (8-Track-EP, 5 songs, Baukau Media/Rough Trade) [10]
  • 2007 Repariert, was Euch kaputt macht! – Single (2-track online release, Retter des Rock Records)
  • 2010 Halt' alle Uhren an / Stop the Clocks (digital release, ROOF Music)
  • 2012 Canossa
  • 2012 Kämmbar?
  • 2013 Heimathafen (Single) [11]

As "Tommy Finke & Miniband":

  • 2011 Robert Smith in meiner Kneipe (digital release, Retter des Rock Records)

With other artists:

Remixes for other artists

  • 2006 R.M.X. 3000 Tommy Finke Remix of the song O.S.T. 3000 of German band Helter Skelter (Band)
  • 2007 Fieber (Discofox Remix) Tommy Finke Remix of the song "Fieber" of German band Tele (Band)
  • 2007 Monkey Fingers (Tommy Finke Remix) Remix of the song of the same name by German band Atomic
  • 2007 The Shelter (Tommy Finke Remix) Remix of the song of the same name by German band Atomic
  • 2008 "Mausen (Tommy Finke and the cat in the hat Remix)" Remix of the song "Mausen" by German Band MIA. [13]
  • 2009 The Bomb Song (Tommy Finke Didn't Start The Fire Remix) Remix of the song of the same name by German band Verlen [14]
  • 2009 Become (Tommy Finke Near The Dunes of Neverland Remix) Remix of the song of the same name by German band Verlen [15]
  • 2009 I Sold My Heart Today (Tommy Finke Wake Up Mix) Remix of the song of the same name by German band Morning Boy [16]
  • 2009 Oh Suzanne (Tommy Finke Put Your Make Up on Remix) Remix of the song of the same name by German band Atomic as a free download [17]


  • 2004 Wer braucht schon ein Sektfrühstück bei Real Madrid? (Film soundtrack, Baukau Media/Rough Trade) [18]

Released on compilations

  • Rock'n'Roll – Leben on 1Live Zukunftsmusik, 2005
  • 1000 Meilen on Aufnahmezustand Vol. 4, Zyx Music, 2005
  • 1000 Meilen (Live) and Um den Schlaf gebracht (Live) on HypoVereinsbank – Jugend kulturell Förderpreis 2008 "Popmusik", HypoVereinsbank, 2008

Film scores

  • Lemmingsfrühling, 2001. Director: Daniel Nipshagen
  • Bar Las Jornadas, 2003. Director: Martin Brand
  • Lurie, 2003. Szenenmusik. Director: Martin Brand
  • Wer braucht schon ein Sektfrühstück bei Real Madrid?, 2004. Director: Ben Redelings
  • 100 Stunden nonstop, 2005. Director: Ben Redelings
  • Unterholz, 2005. Director: Jan Kretschmer
  • Nordstadt, 2005. Szenenmusik. Director: Michael Kupczyk
  • Die 11 des VFL, 2007. Director: Ben Redelings


Released as producer / audio engineer

Theatre & Dance

Art Music

Installation art / Musical compositions

  • Meine kleine Nachtmusik, 2005. 4-channel electronic piece, based on samples of a recording of Mozarts Eine kleine Nachtmusik. Produced at the ICEM of the Folkwang Hochschule, Essen-Werden.
  • Driver, 2005. Cooperation with video artist Martin Brand. [19]
  • Attack, 2006. Cooperation with video artist Martin Brand. [20]
  • Bleach, 2006. Cooperation with video artist Martin Brand. [21]
  • light emitting idiot, 2007. Cooperation with Florian Mattil, Jan Rusch and Christof Schnelle.
  • Swell, 2007. Cooperation with artist Ulrich Ostgathe. Looping Installation.
  • Was Es Nicht Ist 1 (Aura-Varianten), 2008. 7-channel electronic piece for 4 loudspeakers and 3 guitar amplifiers, with light composition.
  • Wenn ein Werk die Form einer Birne hat, ist es nicht mehr formlos!, 2008. 2-channel tape music, dealing with certain aspects of the music of Erik Satie. [22]

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