NASHVILLE—Timothy Williams, a composer for
Nashville-based Howling Music,
orchestrated and conducted composer Tyler Bates’ score for the box office smash
Guardians of the Galaxy. Williams,
who has won numerous awards for his work in film, television, advertising and
other media, conducted a 95-piece orchestra in a six-day session in Studio One
at Abbey Roads Studios in London. 
Williams also conducted a 34-voice choir in a separate 2-day session.
Guardians of the
Galaxy
marks Williams’ most recent collaboration with Tyler Bates. He
previously orchestrated and conducted Bates’ scores for 300, Sucker Punch, Watchmen and Conan the Barbarian. The score for 300 was also recorded at Abbey Road.
“I enjoy working in London due to the superb quality of its
musicians,” says Williams. “Guardians
was a complex, difficult score with a lot of action. The ability of the
musicians to do it in two or three takes was breathtaking. It was the same with
the choir. The music was tricky, but they were able to pull it off in one or
two takes…pitch perfect.”

“It was another incredible performance for Tim,” adds
Howling Music Managing Director David Grow.” He was conducting fantastic
players in the same room where Star Wars,
Braveheart and Titanic were recorded…and next door to the studio where the Beatles
recorded their iconic albums. For musicians, this is huge.”
Williams notes that the score for Guardians of the Galaxy differed in significant ways from previous
Tyler Bates scores. “The orchestration for 300
was dark,” he recalls. “I used instruments including a double bass, clarinets
and contrabassoons in a way that hadn’t been done before to create a feel that
was heavy, dark, epic.”
Guardians was
different. It is a fun, exciting movie and we kept it energetic and light, more
like Star Wars or a Western. The
colors are lighter, more emotional.”
With film, television and advertising music increasingly
relying on digital instrumentation, Williams savored the opportunity to work
with a large, live orchestra. “What I find most satisfying is working with live
musicians,” he says. “It’s exciting to hear a piece played for the first time
by live players. Their years of experience, expertise and everything else they
bring to it comes together in that one moment.”
“As a company we believe in the power of real players moving
air with real instruments,” adds Grow. “Nowhere is that more vividly
experienced than when you’re in the studio with 95 players all playing the same
score. We’re thrilled at how well Guardians
is doing, but as a music company, we’re even more proud of Tim’s contribution
to a breathtaking soundtrack!”

About Howling Music
Founded in 1999 in Los Angeles, Howling Music is an original
music production company specializing in creating original music solutions for
commercials in the television, film and digital media. Since their inception,
Howling Music has scored hundreds of national and
international commercial spots alongside many of the top
advertising agencies in the world including Wieden and Kennedy, Chiat Day,
Crispin Porter Bogusky, and J. Walter Thompson, New York, among many others. In
2006, Howling Music moved their headquarters to Nashville, TN.
For more information, visit www.howlingmusic.com.
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