UK Artist Tim Wakefield creates stunning artworks by capturing the digital images of famous recordings and customizing them into finished pieces that represent his interpretation of the chosen song. These studio Soundwaves are literally the heartbeat of the song and are what sound engineers work with in the recording studio process.
Wakefield started using these techniques around five years ago as an idea to help raise funds for Nordoff Robbins, the UK charity that specialize in music therapy sessions as a treatment for sick children and adults. Musicians embraced the project and soon Wakefield’s portfolio included artwork that had been countersigned by the likes of Paul McCartney, Queen, Coldplay and George Michael.
“Over the past few years I have seen Austin’s significance in the world of music grow rapidly,” Wakefield said. “British music fans are very aware of the importance and long history Austin has in the World of music and I am very proud to have been asked to be a very small part of the show’s 40th.”
Wakefield has been a regular visitor to Austin over the last few years and will be spending much of his time working on a collection of work celebrating some of the standout performances over 40 years of Austin City Limits.
“I fell in love with Austin the first time I visited and have discovered a whole new side to music that I wasn’t aware of ten years ago,” he said. “It is something that people here have real knowledge and passion about , and the opportunity to see so much great live music keeps me coming back time and time again. “
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Kings Of Leon “Use Somebody” This piece is available for auction on ebay.
Nashville’s rock quartet Kings of Leon came through the doors of the ACL studio in 2007 for a spirited set. A U.S. breakthrough after years of U.K. popularity, “Use Somebody” comes from the band’s 2008 LP Only By the Night.
Civil Wars “Barton Hollow” This piece is available for auction on ebay
Acclaimed country/folk duo the Civil Wars took Americana and Austin City Limits by storm during their 2012 appearance. The Grammy-winning “Barton Hollow” is found on the band’s bestselling LP of the same name, and also appears in their episode.
Dolly Parton “I Will Always Love You”
ACL fulfilled a long-held dream by booking country legend Dolly Parton in 2000 for a special all-acoustic show. Naturally she performed her much-covered classic “I Will Always Love You,” the original version of which is on her 1974 LP Jolene.
Mumford & Sons “The Cave”
One of the world’s hottest bands, London’s Mumford & Sons delivered its singular vision of folk music to the ACL audience in 2011. Originally from the band’s debut LP Sigh No More, “The Cave” also closes out its episode.
British rock titan Coldplay first visited Austin City Limits in 2005 as it ascended to superstardom, returning in 2011 for a New Year’s Eve special. “Yellow,” the band’s career-making hit, first appeared on its debut album Parachutes and in its first episode.