In my spare time, I also write chiptune prog music. I recently did the OST for Minirl developed by Chris Simmons of Endigo Design. I've also written for Furman University's Percussion Ensemble - they debuted my piece Harfall for four percussionists, bass, and piano - and am currently writing some soloist commissions for 2016, including pieces for voice and percussion as well as soprano and piano.
As a composer and producer, I've written both solo and ensemble acoustic and electroacoustic music for the concert hall, worked with the video game studio Zero Gardens to write a soundtrack for their release title, produced both progressive and dance music with my former band, The Fire Tonight, and released several solo YouTube video song projects. I've also scored several projects for That Studio, a few podcasts for Shut Up & Sit Down and Not Just A Movie, and an upcoming title from video game studio Plutono.
I got my Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina where I studied with Derek Parsons and Keith Davis. While at Furman University, I performed in public master classes for 2009 Van Cliburn Silver Medalist, Yeol Eum Son; student of Nadia Boulanger and Alfred Cortot, Richard Cass; Russian concert pianist, Ilya Yakushev; Fulbright Scholarship winner, Anne Koscielny; and Laureate de La Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth recipient, Evelyne Brancart.
In the spring of 2011, I performed as one of six winners in the Furman Concerto Competition and also as part of a collaborative effort between the piano and percussion departments in a performance of George Antheil's Ballet Mecanique.
In 2014, I finished my Master of Music in Piano Performance from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia where I studied with Eric Ruple, focusing on experimental and progressive piano works.
From 2009-2016, I also performed piano and bass with my piano prog trio, The Fire Tonight, releasing four records to date (...And Then You Were Gone, Space Buxx, How Could Anyone Do This?!, The Fire Tonight.)
Franklin W. James - "Make it a gift, son. Always make it a gift."
That's precisely why I do it. So that someday, somewhere, my music will make someone smile. And that'll be worth it. All the work will be worth that smile. Because that music will be for them.