Tim Barker was born in Crawley, Sussex on 28 January 1965. He spent his formative years in Sheffield where he developed an interest in sound recording and electronic music. After moving to Nottingham in the mid eighties Tim became involved in film and video making and playing in experimental music groups and in 1994 attained a degree in Film and Video at the University of Derby. Tim moved to London to pursue a career in sound editing and secured a place to study Sound Design on the Film and Television MA course at the Royal College of Art. The course nurtured Tim’s ability to work creatively across many disciplines and in 1996 was nominated for a MPSE Golden Reel award for best student film.
Since graduating in 1997 Tim has been working as a sound recordist and sound designer in the world of British independent film, art and animation. Tim has worked on many internationally acclaimed short films, including the BAFTA winning animation Dog by Suzie Templeton. In the field of art, Tim has worked on installations for Adam Chodzko and poet Lavinia Greenlaw and on the documentary film Self Made for Gillian Wearing. As sound recordist Tim has travelled to diverse locations such as the jungles of Panama on Harmony Korine’s Mister Lonely and the deserts of Tunisia on Marc Munden’s award winning Mark of Cain.
As sound designer Tim is involved on location as sound recordist then takes the project through to the sound edit and on to the final mix. This creates a genuine attachment and feel for a project and allows close working relationships to be formed.
In the last few years he has been able to do this working alongside notable directors such as Samantha Morton on her debut feature The Unloved, Mat Whitecross on the Ian Dury biopic Sex and Drugs and Rock & Roll and Clio Barnard on her Artangel documentary feature The Arbor. Tim is currently working with Terrence Davies on his new feature Deep Blue Sea and again with Marc Munden on the BBC drama Crimson Petal and the White.