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 and sound 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.
Currently, I'm one of the lead composers and sound designers writing and conducting orchestral music and designing sound effects for Origin Creative based out of Atlanta. In early 2017, I conducted the brass recording sessions for Pieter Schlosser's portion of the Destiny 2 soundtrack. Soon after, I wrapped up writing the score for an upcoming indie game by the name of Mountain Speak. I'm also writing an ongoing soundtrack for Fragged Empire.
In 2016, I 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. Omar Carmenates continues to use Harfall as a lot piece for the Cadets at their DCI competitions. I've also written soloist commissions for the concert hall, including pieces for voice and percussion as well as soprano and piano. In my spare time, I also write chiptune prog music. I've also scored several projects for That Studio, a few podcasts for Shut Up & Sit Down and Not Just A Movie, and an unreleased title from video game studio Plutono.
I received 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.