My name is Timothy Flottum and I am from Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. I have been playing music ever since the day they put that little plastic recorder into my hands. I quickly developed a true passion for music and was enrolled into private piano lessons after school along with my brothers. By fourth grade, I chose the Alto Saxophone as my first instrument to start and I loved it. I played every year for every event including Alumni Pep Band for sporting events, and even Jazz Band by Jr. High. I was accelerated through my lessons and would perform with High Schoolers and fellow Alumni including my parents. I progressed up to a Baritone Saxophone by Jr. High to support the lacking bass line of the band. Now for most average sized kids, this was a challenge, but I was only 4’10” and weighed 120lbs dripping wet. Roughly one year later, I purchased a Tenor Saxophone through the school brand new. I played in the Jazz Band, Solo Ensembles, Large Group Ensembles, Dorian Festival etc. By my Senior year of High School I sang Bass in the Choir and again attended Vocal Dorian Festival. I lived in Wisconsin for my first nineteen years of age until after graduation, and a short stint at WITC- Rice Lake where I attended for Telecommunications Installation. I learned how to climb telephone poles, separate wires in PEDs for telephone and connect existing or new service lines. Aside from the telephone side of communications, I also learned how to perform aerial maintenance using 40 ft fiberglass ladders (with aluminum hooks at the end to balance on the guide wire.) If you weren’t fortunate enough to have solid “level” ground beneath you, then you had to wear your telephone pole gaffs. These were crude leg irons with 3 inch spikes on the inside arch, attached with leather straps over steel toe, steel shank Linesman boots and one large padded strap around the climbers calf portion of the leg. Proper footwear, gaffs, long sleeves, leather gloves and a climbing belt would ensure the most consistent and safe climbs. The trick was to keep your feet on the inside of the pole, a narrow penguin-style walk, two steps up and lift the belt. This process became a swaying motion while walking up the pole and leaning back against the belt and standing straight you could support yourself on the gaffs or spurs.
After trying my hand at the Telecommunications field, as well as several sales positions local to the school, I signed the dotted line for Uncle Sam under the United States Air Force. I enlisted in June of 2003 for a six year term as a 2W0X1 Munitions Maintenance Apprentice. I went through Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas as a ‘slick-sleeve’ Airman Basic or E1. I know what you’re thinking, who would want to train in 115 degree desert heat…well, I didn’t know that until then. We marched, did push ups on searing hot asphalt and crawled in silty sand-like dust every day of physical training exercises and combat drills. It was a great experience and I only wish I had gone during a cooler time of the year. I made E2 Airman and now weighed in at 180lbs and stood 5’11”! My advanced training for Technical School was at Sheppard Air Force Base located in Northern Texas in a small tumble-weed town named Wichita Falls. By October I was graduated as an E3 Airman First Class. Check out this link to explain the rank structure of the Air Force.
I graduated and was assigned to Spangdahlem Air Base in Northwestern Germany near Bitburg. I served a tour in Afghanistan during the elections in 2004-2005. I accepted a temporary duty assignment (TDY) to Eielson, Alaska during Operation Cope Thunder in February of 2005..again wrong place, wrong time -50F and ice everywhere with only 8 hours of daylight. But, all in all, I am very fortunate to have traveled as much of the world as I have. During my three years in Europe I traveled the local countries of France- Paris, Reims, St Mont Michelle, Normandy, Luxembourg- Lux City, Belgium- Koln were the most common daily drives only three quarters of an hour to a full three hours away from the base. I took in German Wine Fesitvals, operas, toured all the major cities and drove the Autobahn highway systems all throughout Europe from the port of Calais, France to the city of Torino for the Winter Olympics, and the island of Lido off of Venice, Italy. After a three year tour overseas, I stationed myself back in the states and pursued education in many varying forms such as medical and auto collision repair. It all kept bringing back to what made me the most happy, music. I moved back to Wisconsin to attend the University of Wisconsin-Superior to Major in Music. I found that I had much to offer but still didn’t feel the passion was going anywhere productive, except to the listening audience. I wanted to create music to accompany emotion and drive motion picture. I enrolled at the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis as a Audio Production Engineer and have since transitioned to my true passion of Sound Design where I will be able to implement my talents on a daily basis and learn the arts of sound design/digital film production. I know I am in the right place now, because on days off…I can’t wait to get back into the studio and create!