Tim Wakefield, an artist based in London, England has created Soundwaves art, a new and unique art form that combines music and technology by capturing the digital heartbeat of some of the world's most iconic music. The musical artworks whose basis are the digital recording streams of a song ends up being a unique creation whose life begins in the recording studio as a digital pattern formed by the instruments and voices that make up a song. His keen sense of giving back and coordinating art to benefit charity plays a huge role in his uniqueness as an artist and his character.
"I have devised a technique to enlarge and customize these images, transforming them into large pieces of contemporary art and began presenting them to top musician, songwriters and bands who immediately agreed to become part of the project," said Wakefield.
Wakefield's original vision was to create images that art lovers and musicians could relate to and one that reflected the nature of the music. All of Wakefield's Soundwaves Art also has a handwritten lyric by the musician and signature. Some of the musicians that have participated include Sir Paul McCartney, Slash,Eric Clapton, BrIan Wilson, The Killers and many others - more than 60 artists to date.
Once a musician collaborates with Wakefield, the artist remains engaged by selecting a specific song in which the digital wave of the actual recording is transposed into a Soundwaves art piece. The process is very challenging often taking more than a dozen variations and "edits" before the final product is presented to a musician for signature. Early successes included Coldplay, Pink Floyd and Snow Patrol.
When Tim Wakefield began this art process in 2009 he explored different techniques and sought the advice of other artists and musicians. He spends much time listening to the lyrics before colors are chosen for the digital waves and feels strongly that every piece of music requires a diligent approach to color, design and shape.
"I am privileged to work with people who I have admired and listened to most of my life. Music created by people like Tina Turner, Bon Jovi, Muse, Queen's Brian May, Bryan Ferry, Pearl Jam, Abba, RoBert Smith, Mick Jones and so many others continue to inspire me to create new pieces of Soundwaves Art," said Tim Wakefield. "I am currently working on a collection of original pieces for charity and have plans to bring an exhibit to the United States and Canada in 2012."
Wakefield's first collection was created to help the fundraising efforts of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy which is the United Kingdom's largest specialist music therapy charity devoted to improving the quality of life for children and adults who have been isolated by disability, trauma or illness. His piece taken from Snow Patrol's Chasing Cars and signed by all 5 members of the band sold for a record £21,000 at The 2009 Music Industry Trust Awards in London. Subsequently, on June 25th, 2011 at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, a collection of Wakefield's greatest works sold for over $175,000 USD. Half of his proceeds will go to Gibson Foundation.
From Eric Clapton's "River of Tears" on canvas to The Clash's Mick Jones' signed "Should I Stay Or Should I Go" large 54" x 54" piece, Wakefield's art continues to demand global accolades and requests from celebrities, dignitaries and art enthusiasts.
In his spare time Wakefield enjoys taking on physical challenges to help support a charity run by a close friend in Ghana. In the last year he has climbed Mont Blanc in the French Alps, cycled across France, ran several marathons and most recently completed the Three Peaks Challenge, climbing the UK's 3 highest mountains in 24 hours.
Over the next twelve months his plans include building a collection for the Gibson Foundation efforts and Music Rising for charity as well as cycling the length of Italy and climbing The Matterhorn in Switzerland. One could say Tim Wakefield doesn't let a minute of life escape him.
For more information on Tim Wakefield and Soundwaves Art go to www.soundwavesart.com.