Tom Third has worked as a professional composer for over 15 years. He studied film and new media at The Ontario College of Art and Design, and his work in experimental film, performance and audio led to a collaboration with Meryn Cadell on the cult AM radio hit THE SWEATER. In 1991 he signed an international recording deal with Nettwerk Records that has yielded three critically acclaimed electronica CD’s, TRANSCONTINENTAL WEEKEND (1992), PRIMORDIA(1994) and CONTINUOUS CITY (2001), on Nettwerk’s experimental sub label, Nutone.
As a film composer, Tom’s music employs an innovative combination of traditional instruments with electronic and digitally manipulated sounds. He co-wrote songs sung by Gary Busey and rapper Ice-T for the feature JACOB TWO TWO AND THE HOODED FANG in 1999, and then scored the feature 4 DAYS starring Colm Meaney the same year. An ongoing commitment to the short and experimental film community has resulted in soundtracks for award winning films and installations that have been shown at film festivals and art galleries worldwide
In 2004 Tom won the Volkswagen Score Competition sponsored by the Berlin Film Festival, and juried by Walter Murch, David Holmes, and Martin Steyer.
Tom has also worked in the demanding world of television. In 2000, he scored 22 episodes of the American television series QUEER AS FOLK. Based on the popular UK series of the same name, this ongoing Showtime series is currently playing to great acclaim in many countries, and won the MPSE Golden Reel award for music editing in 2000. Other diverse credits include episodes of THE NATURE OF THINGS with David Suzuki for CBC/PBS NOVA, OPENING SOON for The Life Network, BLISS and DICE for Showcase, THE ATWOOD STORIES, and SHIELDS STORIES for the W Network, and work included in the Disney IMAX film SACRED PLANET
Tom recently composing the cutting edge music for the television series ReGENESIS. With 52 episodes now complete, this highly acclaimed, award winning drama produced by Shaftesbury Films in Toronto is now seen in 110 countries worldwide. The music for ReGenesis was nominated for a 2006 Gemini Award for Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series, an MPSE Golden Reel Award for Best Music Editing, and another Gemini in 2007. Other recent assignments include the 6 episode drama, DURHAM COUNTY for The Movie Network, MAYHEM AT THE MANOR for The Discovery Channel Canada and Discovery UK, two new episodes of THE NATURE OF THINGS for the CBC, and the THE SUMMIT miniseries,. Tom’s newest project, is the score for THE LISTENER, a new series on NBC, FOX and CTV, and soon to be released in 160 countries
Tom has also created countless commercials and broadcast identities for clients including COKE, NIKE, LEVIS, GENERAL MOTORS, GENERAL MILLS, WARNER LAMBERT, THE SUNDANCE CHANNEL, THE MOVIE NETWORK, THE FAMILY CHANNEL, CBC, CTV, YTV, and many others.