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, DanniJo, Ariana Bohling and Atsuko Sano, he’s filmed Gigi Hadid, Kate Bock, Mila Krasnoiarova, Lindsey Wilson, Julia Restoin Roitfeld, Alina Baikova, Vika Levina, Tiana Tolstoi, 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, and CSCA’s Creative Best. His feature film work on Academy Award nominated features such as Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right, OBIT director’ Vanessa Gould’s debut documentary Between the Folds, The Killing Fields’ director Joshua Zeman’s NYC urban legend tale Cropsey, Olympia, Sonia, Prom Date and more have gone on to win Peabody Awards, PBS Independent Lens, Tribeca Film Festival, NYDOC fest accolades and inclusion in the Academy Awards Arts & Sciences library. Trailers for The Matador, Sin City, Factory Girl, Cold Mountain, Wordplay, Finding Neverland have earned Hollywood Reporter’s Key Art Awards and more.

Prior to founding + SCALE in 1999, he was a senior graphic designer at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Resource/Ammirati/IBMiX 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.

MUSIC

Multidisciplinary artist, director + musician Todd Sines forged his DIY approach 30 years ago in his teenage hobby, making zines—interviewing Coil, Chris & Cosey, :Zoviet*France, PIL’s Martin Atkins, and UR’s Mad Mike. Swept up in the explosion of Detroit & Chicago dance music, his releases for Carl Craig + Dan Bell are regarded as seminal classics of minimalism; inferred from his modular synthesis studies via Stockhausen protégé Dr. Thomas Wells. HELIC.AL, his new label with long-time collaborator Charles Noel / Archetyp, draws on this history; condemned to repeat itself. Their debut release, Interval — Transmit is out now; with their latest project, Artefactos de Dolor, out in Sept 2019.

Inspired by early electro, new/no/cold wave 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 house and experimental techno. He traded his bass for a Roland SH-101 analogue synth in 1991, beginning 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 consequently helped him launch Analogue Heaven, the world’s first analogue synthesis focused electronic mailing list, 27 years and running.] In 1993, his music caught the ear of Carl Craig and Daniel Bell, who helped him release records on the Planet E, 7th City and Peacefrog labels as .xtrak and Enhanced in the mid ’90s.

Over the last two decades he’s worked with and remixed Yoko Ono, Richard Fearless of Death in Vegas, !!!, Alexander Robotnick, Robert Owens, Paul Randolph, and Sal Principato of Liquid Liquid, while his live performances and DJ gigs have been featured in art spaces MoMA PS1, Creative Time, the Wexner Center for the Arts; festivals like Movement, Synthposium, Roskilde, and Sonar, and clubs like London’s Fabric and Berlin’s Berghain, Panorama Bar, Tresor, Watergate, Griessmuhle, Chalet and more. His recording studio, featured in the 2014 documentary I Dream of Wires [Hardcore Edition], still features a nearly all-analogue hardware environment, with tape machines, sequencers, synthesizers, and many DIY / home-brewed instruments, conjuring a future-thinking sound from times past. HELIC.AL, his new label with long-time collaborator Charles Noel, draws on this history; condemned to repeat itself. Their debut release, Interval — Transmit is out now; with their latest project, Artefactos de Dolor, featuring the Bunker’s LDY OSC / Alyssa Barrera on vocals, is out in September 2019.