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Reading sound producer in Shakespearean music venture
By Emma Midgley
BBC Berkshire reporter

The band
Tim Arnold has created a project based on Shakespeare's sonnets.

Reading based sound producer Jim Warren has worked with Radiohead for 17 years.

As a sound producer he creates dynamic performances that span every range from "a whisper to a scream."

Now he has turned his attention to theatrical work in a unique new venture with singer/songwriter Tim Arnold.

It will feature music, song and words in response to Shakespeare's sonnets.

The live event will premiere in London on May 2 at the Almeida Theatre.

"Amazing musician"

The project originated in 2007, when singer songwriter Tim Arnold wrote over 30 individual letters to Shakespearean actors, asking: What theme in Shakespeare best described the human condition?

Replies to his letters poured in and based on their replies, Arnold formed the basis of what would become the album, Sonnet 155.

Jim said that he had known Tim since the mid 90s when he was in the band Jocasta.

"I've stayed in touch with Tim ever since," he said. "He is an amazing musician."


Now the Sonnet 155 album has become a theatrical production starring actors such as Richard Briers, Lisa Dillon and Paul McGann. The music accompanying the performance is described as a rock/classical crossover.

Despite being in the music industry for 30 years, Jim said that he continues to enjoy trying new ventures. He said he was "fascinated" by the challenge of creating sound in a theatrical setting as opposed to a live gig.

"It's an interesting challenge to marry the sound of a live band with the sound in a theatre," he said.

"The actors were commenting on the fact they found being on a "rock & roll" stage inspiring and dynamic."

Jim said that he still enjoyed working on small gigs, and learning from new experiences.

"People are sometimes surprised when I take on something that doesn't involve mixing in huge arenas" he said.

"But I can definitely say that I can't remember doing anything, especially something as challenging as this, where I haven't learnt a lot from the experience."

Jim started working with Radiohead while they were a relatively unknown band in Oxford.

He said: "Tim Greaves, the tour manager, and I used to do the drive from Reading to Oxford almost every day to meet up with the band and head off in the van to shows all over the UK.

"I do remember a couple of crazy shows at the Jericho Tavern and the Zodiac."

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