Drumhum is a portfolio of work from UK based film and television composer Tom O'Carroll.

Since leaving Sheffield University in 1990, with a B.Eng(hons) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tom's living has been music and sound.

With piano lessons starting when he was eleven years old and a drum kit by the time he was thirteen, Tom was soon playing in bands, school productions and later, youth orchestras.

Although he had his engineering degree to do, Sheffield and university life opened his eyes and ears to music. He studied the music of Miles Davies, Weather Report, Pat Metheny and Zappa far harder than electronics! Significantly, it was at university he had his compositions performed for the first time in public.

After University came a sound engineering diploma and he would swap between sound engineering jobs and music jobs whenever he got the breaks.

A seasoned musician, Tom is well used to performing as drummer, percussionist and pianist, touring theatres and festivals in the UK and Europe. His work and contributions can be heard on many commercial publications.

During the late nineties, Tom was studio manager and engineer for production team K-Klass. Based in their fabulous Bunker Studios in Wrexham he worked on productions and remixes involving artists and performers including Johnny Mar, Mica Paris, Lisa Stansfield, Candy Staton and Howard Donald. He also involved with the design and installation of "Studio 2".

His extensive work as a TV sound recordist has always kept him in touch with the media, and in recent years Tom has concentrated his musical interest in writing and producing music for film and television.


Tom has occasionally been caught on camera while working as sound recordist for Living TV's Most Haunted, where he spent the best part of two years visiting 'haunted' houses and locations across the UK. Remarkably he is sometimes recognised on the street by fans of the show.

"Life is funny", he says. "After all these years the one thing people recognise my face for, is sitting in dark rooms in the middle of the night with a furry microphone on the end of a pole, waiting for Yvette Fielding to wet herself!"

And no, he didn't see any ghosts.