Austin Franklin is an internationally recognized composer, sound artist, developer, and researcher based in Baton Rouge, LA. He received a PhD in Experimental Music & Digital Media from Louisiana State University in 2023. His interests include music involving process, such as algorithmic composition and music incorporating music information retrieval technologies. His music has been described as having “great subtlety and sophistication” (Helena Michelson, The American Prize) and “striking effects of togetherness” and “a sense of an ending” (New York Concert Review).
Austin has several pieces for percussion published through C-Alan Publications and has received performances 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 recently performed at Carnegie Hall in 2022 by the Constantinides New Music Ensemble. Austin is the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including the Petrichor International Music Competition, The American Prize for Composition, 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 Society for Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS), Napoleon Electronic Media Festival (NEMF), Festival Ecos Urbanos, the New Music on the Bayou Festival (NMOB), Splice Institute, New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF), the Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology (WOCMAT), Alba Music Festival, Society of Composers Incorporated (SCI), and Electric LaTex.
As a technologist and researcher, 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. His most recent work involving developing novel real-time music information retrieval algorithms has been presented at the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) and has been released as a software library called PnP.Maxtools for Max.
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