Composer | Audio Engineer | Programmer | Educator | Writer
Austin Franklin is an internationally recognized composer and sound artist based in Baton Rouge, LA where he is currently pursuing a PhD in Experimental Music & Digital Media from Louisiana State University. His interests include music involving process, such as algorithmic composition and music incorporating machine learning technologies. His music has been described as having “striking effects of togetherness” and “a sense of an ending” (New York Concert Review). His latest album, Four Idols, has been described as “an elegant, artistic statement that demonstrates the flexible possibilities of electronic music” (The Sybaritic Singer).
As a composer, he has attended master classes and studied with a wide range of prominent composers such as Nick Rissman, David Maslanka, Yotam Haber, Jennifer Jolley, Tõnu Kõrvitz, Michael Daugherty, Shuying Li, Dinos Constantinides, Mara Gibson, Edgar Berdahl, Stephen Beck, and Jesse Allison. In 2016, he attended the UMKC Summer Composition Workshop and worked with Christopher Biggs, Jim Mobberley, and Paul Rudy.
Austin has several pieces for percussion published through C-Alan Publications and his music has been performed throughout North America, South America, Europe, and Asia by ensembles such as Hypercube, The Estrella Consort, and the Four Corners Ensemble. His String Quartet No. 1 “Lanterns” was also recently aired on the Viva 21st Century 50/50 Marathon on Classical Discoveries with Marvin Rosen and performed at Carnegie Hall. Austin is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including the RMN Call for Electroacoustic Works, PARMA Winter Call for Scores, and the ABLAZE Electronic Masters Series Call for Recordings. His music has also been selected for festivals and conferences such as SEAMUS, NEMF, Festival Ecos Urbanos, the New Music on the Bayou Festival, Splice Institute, NYCEMF Festival, WOCMAT, Alba Music Festival, Society of Composers Incorporated, and Electric LaTex. As a technologist, he has presented research at the Web Audio Conference that explores using Web API’s as the basis for designing digital instruments, and at the New Interfaces for Musical Expression Conference that involves simultaneous auditory and vibrotactile stimuli.
Austin is currently instructor of record for the MUS 2745 Intro to Computer Music course at Louisiana State University which covers a wide range of topics from using digital audio workstations, electroacoustic music history, and the principles of sound design and digital audio. He is also the author of the Using Studio One video tutorial series on YouTube and the associate editor for The Sybaritic Singer, a blog devoted to new music and new music criticism.
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