Tim Rutherford
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Tim Rutherford

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Clown Face and Gas Mask:

Theme song - "This Morning"

Music for:

"Please Don't Scream (Gas Mask Theme)"
"Love you to Pieces (Clown Face Theme)"




I strive to create innovative music using the least amount of instruments and effects as possible. To me, music is a complete package. I don't really care what the lyrics are if they are sung well and with feeling. The vocal melody is just another instrument. Great lyrics with poor music should be poetry. Great lyrics with great music is a rarity.

Innovation is the key to good music. Not that every song has to be more innovative than the last, but if every song sounds the same, that's a failure. If every song sounds like someone else's song, that's a failure.

My influences for picking up the guitar and my influences for songwriting are different. When I started playing guitar, I wanted to play fast and have impeccable technique. After finally realizing that I wasn't going to be the next Eddie Van Halen, I gave up on music. In 2001 I bought a Mac and downloaded a trial version of ProTools. That opened up my creativity and brought the guitar back into the forefront of my life. It took several years to get serious about music again, but once I did, it was all encompassing. The music that influences my writing these days is largely Franz Ferdinand, Jack White, Andrew Bird, The Beatles, and John Lennon. Though, I must say, that there's a healthy amount of Hendrix, Van Halen, Led Zeppelin and Cream in there too.

My music tends to reflect whatever I'm in the mood for at any given time. After a marathon session listening to The Beatles, I wrote a song that reminded me of John Lennon's acoustic guitar playing. After getting deep into Andrew Bird, I wrote my "Andrew Bird Song". For Clown Face and Gas Mask, I had a bluegrass feel on my mind and wrote the theme song.

I write what I like and play what I like. If it pleases others, great. If not, I enjoyed writing it and playing it.