TODD SINES BIO
DIRECTION + DESIGN
Todd Sines is a director and photographer who combines expansive, desolate landscapes with surrealist and dadaist juxtapositions of the human form; a hybrid of Guy Bourdin, Helmut Newton, Ansel Adams and David Lynch. Through his work with brands Sisley, V, Tsvetnoy, Urban Zen, 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, Lyoka Tyagnereva and Julia Belyakova.
Over the last 28 years, Todd’s projects have included direction + design for feature film titles, commercials, music videos, identity systems, app and site UI/UX, periodical design, advertising, experiential design and gallery exhibitions. 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 + visiting professor of motion design + architecture at SCI-ARC in Los Angeles, Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and the Department of 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, RBMA, Zink, SHK, Prophecy, Res and XLR8R Magazines, as well as in the Harper Collins book “The Underground is Massive” by Michaelangelo Matos. His ‘zine from 1987-1992, Local Action was published by Nike + Wizard Publications in Freestylin’ the book. He is at work on 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, Eric Random, Cindytalk, Sal Principato / Liquid Liquid, while his 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, clubs like London’s Fabric and Berlin’s Berghain/Panorama Bar, Watergate and Tresor, brands such as Surface Magazine, Top Shop, Carolina Sarria, Cres E. Dim, Zink, SHK, and was 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.