Adam Cole is an ASCAP-affiliated multimedia composer, audio engineer, sound designer, and multi-instrumentalist based in Orlando, Florida. Born in 2000, he is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music composition at Stetson University. Adam has experience writing music for various ensembles and mediums, taking strong inspiration from film scores, video game soundtracks, romantic-era music, and modern jazz. His work often features Neo-Riemannian harmony, leitmotivic development, expansive instrumental ranges, and expressive tone colors. At Stetson University, he has studied composition with Dr. Manuel de Murga, Dr. Lonnie Hevia, and briefly with the late Dr. Sydney Hodkinson.
Adam’s experience began with his interest in playing the guitar at ten years old, with ambitions quickly expanding into playing flute and double bass only a year later. At age 12, he began regularly performing with his school band, string orchestra, symphony orchestra, and jazz ensembles on flute, double bass, electric bass, and eventually, alto saxophone. His horizons expanded even further at age 16 when he started getting paid while performing in the Orlando area with a jazz combo made up of high-school friends. At Stetson University, he started taking formal lessons for piano and composition. He gained further ensemble experience performing with the Stetson Flute Choir, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Jazztet, and several mixed chamber ensembles. During his time in college, he worked on several outside commissions, including a commercial score, theme music for several groups, background music for general-purpose video, and several duet and trio works to facilitate uncommon combinations of instruments. Much of his collegiate compositions call for various chamber ensembles, including many quartets, quintets, and sextets of strings, brass, percussion, woodwinds, and various mixed ensembles. However, he also completed works for symphonic band, symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, and choir during college. His work is mainly reminiscent of the romantic period of music, but that does not stop him from integrating synthesizers, jazz influences, and other features of modern music into his work.
Adam primarily composes with Dorico, Cubase, Pro Tools, Kontakt, and Ableton Live but has firsthand experience with many other digital audio workstations, samplers, and notation software. He regularly performs with a Muramatsu platinum clad flute, an Emanuel Wilfer five-string double bass, a Fender American elite jazz bass, and several other supplementary instruments.
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