TODD SINES BIO
DIRECTION + DESIGN
Todd Sines is an award-winning director and photographer who combines expansive, often desolate landscapes with surreal and dadaist influenced fashion editorial work; a hybrid of Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton, Ansel Adams and David Lynch. His prior work as a graphic designer and visual effects artist blends sci-fi VFX with iconic typography; his new work as a director is a culmination of all things past, present and future. Through his work with Sisley, Express, Talbots, V, Tsvetnoy, Urban Zen, Comcast, Sennheiser, Rosetta Getty and Atsuko Sano, he’s filmed Gigi Hadid, Kate Bock, Mila Krasnoiarova, Lindsey Wilson, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Alina Baikova, Vika Levina, Mari Malek, Tiana Tolsoi, Lyoka Tyagnereva and Julia Belyakova.
Over the last 22 years, Todd’s projects have included direction + design for film titles, commercials, music videos, visual effects, identity systems, periodical design, advertising, websites, environmental graphics, gallery exhibitions, art installations and ‘zines. His work for clients Comcast, Sennheiser, MTV, Miramax, Visionaire, Nokia, VH1, Limited and Burton Snowboards has awarded recognition from One Show Interactive, Communicating Arts, Hollywood Reporter’s Key Art Awards And CSCA’s Creative Best. Prior to founding + SCALE in 1999, he was a senior graphic designer at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Resource and Motivo. He’s been a guest lecturer of motion design + architecture at SCI-ARC in Los Sngeles and the Departments of Art + Design at The Ohio State University, where he received his BFA. His photography, illustration and writing has been published in Vogue, Elle, V Magazine, Marie Claire, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Spin, Vice, Thump, Red Bull Music Academy, Zink, SHK, Prophecy, Res And XLR8R Magazines, as well as in the Harper Collins book “The Underground is Massive” by Michaelangelo Matos. His work as a ‘zine maker from 1987-1992 was recently published by Nike + Wizard Publications in Freestylin’ the book, and he is currently finishing his first screenplay, INTERNAL.
Inspired by early electro-pop and hip-hop like Art of Noise, Herbie Hancock & Whodini, Todd Sines began creating music in the late 80’s, ranging from post-punk and industrial to techno and house. He swapped his bass for an analogue synth in 1991, and thus began a lifelong gearlust of all things tactile and analogue. While at The Ohio State University, he was the last student to study modular synthesis under former Stockhausen student Dr. Thomas Wells, the author of the seminal 1981 study “The Technique of Electronic Music” (Schirmer Books) [who helped him launch Analogue Heaven, the world’s first analogue synthesis focused electronic mailing list, 23 years and running.]
His experimental yet melodic techno and stripped-down house music caught the ear of Carl Craig and Daniel Bell, who helped him release records on the Planet E, 7th City and Peacefrog labels in the mid ’90s. Over the last two decades he’s worked with and remixed Yoko Ono, Alexander Robotnick, Robert Owens, and Sal Principato / Liquid Liquid, while his globetrotting live performances and DJ gigs have been featured in art spaces like MoMA PS1, Creative Time, the Wexner Center for the Arts; festivals like Movement, Roskilde, and Sonar, and clubs like London’s Fabric and Berlin’s Berghain/Panorama Bar, Watergate and Tresor, and featured in the synthesizer documentary I Dream Of Wires [hardcore edition]. Twenty-plus years into his career, his recording studio still features a nearly all-analogue hardware environment, with tape machines, sequencers, synthesizers, and many DIY / home-brewed instruments, all the better to help him conjure a future-thinking sound from times past.