My name is Tim Gmeiner, also recognized under the artist/musician name “ill poetic”. I am the lead designer, producer and owner of SoundRzn Design, a company specializing in audio production and visual design.
In this portfolio you’ll find examples of album art, logos, posters and music production for a range of clients in the music & entertainment fields. You will also find deep analysis and explanation of larger projects including campaign outlines, results and testimonials from my clients.
I’ve built my career and my company on an indie artist DIY aesthetic (you can read more on that here). I’ve built 15 years of professional client relationships through creative high-quality output, effective and concise communication, strong ethics and trust. If you feel I may be a fit for your future project, whether through a simple logo design or through full project management, marketing and execution, I can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arnold Sports Festival, RJD2, Blueprint (Artist, Rhymesayers Ent.), Dr. Marc Williams, Fonsworth Bentley (Producer: Puffy, VH1), Ski Beatz (Producer: Jay-Z, Camp Lo), Jay Harris (ESPN), Harvard University, various HBCUs, Stalley, TygerEye Entertainment, URBLife, Beat Box Records, B-Side Players, Woode Tribe Orchestra, DTA Public Radio, J. Rawls (Producer: Mos Def, Talib Kweli), Herbalists Without Borders
PRODUCTION & SOUND-DESIGN
Red Pill, Mello Music Group, Slum Village, Aesop rock (Def Jux), Luminul, Blitz The Ambassador, Slug (Atmosphere), Fringe Life (Arris Productions), Wordsworth (eMC, Lyricist Lounge), Liberty Tax Mutual, Muscle Basix, Jason Dhir.
2011 Fan Favorite Award (Top Prize) | Physis Films Showcase | The Enemies You Keep
2011 Official Selection | Stepping Stone Film Festival | The Enemies You Keep |
PRODUCTION & ARRANGEMENT
2005 & 2008 | Cincinnati Citybeat Entertainment Award Nomination
2007-2013, 2016 | Ohio hip-hop Award Nomination
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI - Major in Fine Arts
SAN DIEGO CITY COLLEGE - Major in Digital Music Technology
"I’ve worked with many graphic designers in my fifteen-year career as an artist and label owner, but none that has been more consistent, versatile, and reliable than Soundrzn. I’ve had him working on a full range of projects—logos, flyers, album covers, and t-shirt designs—and he has delivered each with excellent quality. Furthermore, not only has he always delivered his work on time, there have been many instances where he exceeded expectations by turning it in before it was expected. Soundrzn is an affordable, reliable, and consistent graphic design service that I would highly recommend to anybody looking for quality graphic design." - Blueprint, label-owner/emcee/producer/author
"Ill Poetic is one of the most professional artists we've had the pleasure of working with. His production and musical insight, along with his understanding of the business won us over as a fan throughout the entire process of creating "Instinctive Drowning." Rarely do you find a producer who can tap into emotion and create soundscapes the way Ill Poetic does." - Michael Tolle, Mello Music Group
I emailed Tim and he hit me back right away expressing interest in the (Tetralume) project. He connected me with long time friend and co-producer Danny Rogers. Danny and I had quick chat over the phone and hit it off right away. It was almost like talking to an old friend. I sent Danny this convoluted musical story I had written up hoping he didn’t think I was some crazy man. He hit the studio that weekend and started composing. A few weeks later Danny delivered a 13 minute composition of deep and complex music that somehow mostly represented my madman write-up I sent previously. The ball was passed to Tim to add his layers of inspiration. I eagerly awaited the final print. What I received brought me chills and emotion I’ve rarely experienced with music. Tim and Danny nailed. - Ben Guerrette, Luminul
"I have been working with SoundRzn Design now for over seven years, and from day one I've received quality service. The key element of getting good design work is the end product, of course, however the process of getting to a perfect result on a logo, artwork, promotional poster, etc. can be excruciating if you don't have the right team. SoundRzn always makes me feel more like a team member than a client, and the ease of working with someone on sometimes complicated projects is comforting. I can safely say that I'm always happy with the end results of our work together, and that keeps me coming back for more.
"Thank you for sticking with us through thick and thin, when so many people didn't believe or only came around for the spotlight. You've sat up endless nights and weekends in the past year to support (our) projects no matter how many hours you worked your other gigs. You h ave made crafty and memorable art fromthe random ideas we have given you, and dealt with all my super nitpicky changes that a lot of others would have cried about...you're a true soldier and good spirit, so people should know you're the f*cking best." - Dove Clark, Founder: Tygereye Entertainment and UrbLife / XAppeal
"I was referred to SoundRZN by a videographer I worked with. He designed a flyer for my company and since then they're the only graphic design company I work with. They've designed my flyers, posters, event programs, logos, etc. I also had to ask them to correct and complete a graphic design job for someone else. They have a fast turnaround time which is always helpful. Very easy to get a hold of and find great ways to carry out a vision. I live in the Midwest while SoundRZN is located in California, so it doesn't matter where you live. I definitely recommend SoundRZN, great and reliable company." - Ingrid Woode, singer/songwriter/musician 'The Woode Tribe Orchestra'
"Nothing but EXCELLENCE! I am honored and proud to have worked with SoundRzn these past seven years. People across our great nation rant and rave about the signature posters/flyers/programs they have developed for my company. I would highly recommend them without any hesitation!" - Dr. Marc Williams, CEO Williams Communications
"This business came highly recommended by a friend and fellow entrepreneur. She said they were easy to work with and affordable. So, I hired this company for a logo design. I enjoyed working with Tim so much I also had him do our business cards, flyers, banners and some website artwork. The level of professionalism doesn't take away from the courtesy and friendly nature of this company. They work well with (and don't judge!) people who know what they want, and people who are trying something new. They seem to be truly invested in helping small businesses upgrade their image without breaking the bank. I greatly appreciate my very small start-up being treated like a professional business as well as a valued client. I'm happy to see they've finally gotten a Yelp page so others know what kind of great work they've been doing for so long!" - Grandma Witch, Herb Apothocary
"I reached out to Tim for some production a while back for one of my projects. We had mutual friends, and he contacted me back very quickly. I was sent some samples; all very high quality. We decided on terms and I had some tracks sent via Dropbox to me promptly. Tim even went back and edited one of his productions to better appease the song. I'm happy to call him a colleague and respect, and appreciate his advice and work." - Charlie Beans, artist/producer/engineer