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tfo in the lab 1<tfo>’s elegantly crafted music is a complimentary blend of indie, electronic, and melodic sounds. It is pop without the cliché, dance without the repetition, and retro without the novelty. Simply put, it is good music.  <tfo>’s music combines intricately programmed beats, beautifully sculpted synths, meticulously performed & arranged instrumentation, and evocative vocal melodies.

<tfo> is the music & sound art alias of Tim O’Keefe, a seasoned composer, producer, DJ, and performer. O’Keefe scored The Sound and the Fury, a James Franco-directed film premiering at the Venice Film Festival 2014, as well as Franco’s As I Lay Dying, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2013.  He is also half of the duo Daddy, the art school band he formed with Franco in 2012 while at RISD. His work has been praised in a variety of publications, including Rolling Stone, Spin, Billboard, Wire, the Fader, Future Music Magazine, Interview Magazine, Vice, Time, and The Village Voice.  O’Keefe has scored film installations that have exhibited at The Gagosian Gallery (LA), MoMA PS1 (NYC), Pace Gallery (London), The Sundance Film FestivalToronto International Film Festival, and Lincoln Center.

O’Keefe is also the co-founder of Freedom Beat, a globally distributed record label, website, and meeting place for artists, listeners, activists, filmmakers, journalists, and researchers interested in music of resistance, and the role music plays in nonviolent conflict.  “Dawn Bird,” a documentary he produced through Freedom Beat, screened at the Urban Voices Festival in Stockholm in August 2014.
In addition to his musical endeavors, O’Keefe is a digital media artist with an MFA in Digital+Media from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and a B.A. in Political Science from The University of Rhode Island.


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4 responses

  1. james h draper

    Bloody brilliant Soundtrack!

    March 16, 2011 at 10:15 am

  2. Bingham

    Where can I get the song featured in James Franco’s film “Dionysus”?

    October 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    • The <tfo> soundtracks for James Franco’s Dionysus and La Passione will be out sometime in late fall or early winter. We’re mixing the two soundtrack EP’s now, and have arranged stand-alone versions of the music featured in the films.

      October 1, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      • Bingham

        Thank you! I’ve been looking for it everywhere~ can’t wait to listen to your new sounds!

        October 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm

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