About Tim

An Editor

I have more than 10 years' experience in scholarly, reference and arts publishing. For most of that time I have worked freelance for publications such as Grove Art Online and Grove Music Online, for which I have been the editor in charge of contemporary music since 2001. These are some of the world's leading reference works; all editorial work is carried out to the highest degree of accuracy and consistency, and I am comfortable working within extremely strict and detailed house styles.

I also work regularly for Palgrave Macmillan, particularly in their history, politics and sociology series. Books I have recently edited include Cora Kaplan and John Oldfield, eds: Imagining Transatlantic Slavery, and Wolfgang Benedek et al., eds: Transnational Terrorism, Organized Crime and Peace-Building.

I have experience working with a range of authors with differing personalities, expectations, writing styles and languages; in most cases I am their first contact for any concerns over content, presentation, marketing or production matters. If you choose to work with me, I guarantee a friendly, prompt and hassle-free service.

I am also knowledgeable in internet mark-up; as well as working within complex XML for Grove, I designed and built the website for the online journal British Postgraduate Musicology (of which I was editor 2004–2008), bringing it up to W3C standards on accessibility. If your work involves XML or HTML capture, I can help; not many editors can.

A Writer

I've been writing about music for as long as I can remember.

I have a particular interest in contemporary composition, and have written on Richard Barrett, György Kurtág, Krzysztof Penderecki and Ian Wilson. I am currently preparing articles on James Dillon and Liza Lim. I also review recordings and live performances for a range of online and print publications. A portfolio of my writing work is available at this site.

I began writing my blog, The Rambler, in August 2003, making it one of the longest-running new music blogs on the web. Since then I have published almost 1,500 posts on new music, including concert and CD reviews, composer profiles, original mixtapes and a regular Musician Deathwatch. I am also on Twitter (@moderncomp), where I endeavour to post reviews of new music in under 140 characters.

Recently I have been closely involved with Australia's ELISION ensemble, producing a range of innovative press and documentary materials for the group. These have included extended composer profiles and a series of online roundtable discussions between composers and performers. I am a strong believer in the benefits of long-term relationships with composers and performers: as a writer, the opportunity to explore a musician's work over an extended period allows for much more penetrating understanding of that work, which in turn can be communicated to new audiences in my writing. If you think that your music might benefit from a similar association, I would love to hear from you.

I am currently preparing the 6th edition of the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Music for Oxford University Press, and I am available to write sleevenotes, programme notes, biographies and press releases. If you’d like to give your audience access to informative and provocative prose on your music then please get in touch.