Tim Summers is a lecturer in music at Royal Holloway University of London. Tim focuses on the music of video games, film, and television. But he’s perhaps best known for his work on video games, as he is the co-founder of the Ludomusicology Research Group.
How did you get to where you are today, professionally?
As I am sure is the case for pretty much everyone who ends up with a career in music, I’ve always been drawn to performing, listening, making and trying to understand music. Music for film, TV and games has been a particular fascination for me as long as I can remember being able to engage with music. I can remember being around 7 years old with a handheld tape recorder trying (unsuccessfully) to record TV themes from the television!
I come from a town in the Valleys of South Wales, called Blaenavon. It was (and still is) a small town with a lot of music. Choirs, bands, carnivals, churches, concerts, and so on; music was woven into the fabric of the place. And music was for and by the community.