Frank Rothkamm (born July 2, 1965) is a German composer based in Los Angeles.
Frank started as an actor in the youth forum at the "Schloss Theater" (castle theatre) in Moers, Germany and currently lives and works in Los Angeles in a 1935 Steinkamp house, that he has restored since 2010. Frank is the founder of Flux Records (est. 1994 in Brooklyn, King`s County) and the Lodge For Utopian Science (est. 2013 in View Park, Los Angeles County). To-date he has composed 546 works ranging from nanomusics of a couple of seconds to over 6 hour macroscapes
Originally interested in drawing in his pre-teen years, as a teenager Frank studied to become a pianist at the "Musikschule" (music school) Moers, built his own electronic music studio and - after a stay as postulant at the cloister of Lilienfeld, Austria - made his debut performance with FISCH I on the island of Crete. He rose to prominence in Germany with FISCH II, a performance involving analog tape music, lights, 4 actor-instrumentalists and a fish. Believed lost, these teenage "Moers Works (1982-1984)" were rediscovered and released 25 years later by Moscow based Monochrome Vision. Frank continued with performance art based body manipulation - the FISCH series - in galleries in West & East Germany, Switzerland & Canada and released his first cassette in 1986 via the Cologne-based Maria Bonk Gallery.
After studies in communication science, bionics and philosophy at the Technische Universitat Berlin, where he co-founded the CAMP group and performed at the International Computer Music Conference 1988, he became a landed immigrant in Canada. There Frank released, with his first wife Emily Faryna, his first commercial music on the Mo=Da=Mu label and wrote, in the computer language Forth, his first commercial software - PaintMusic - for Science World of British Columbia. He concluded with coding FM synthesis for computer games (Unlimited Software) and the last of the FISCH series performances in Vancouver, B.C..
Moving to San Francisco in 1990 Frank appeared with his second wife Monique de Marquisa de Magdalena in Playboy magazine, organized and performed at Raves where he met his third wife Nina Schneider. His first appearance on 12'' vinyl record "Magick Sounds of the Underground' (Hardkiss Records) and on Compact Disc "Death Rave 2000" (21st Circuitry Records), as well as the establishment of his first production company "Suite Zero" followed after writing his first commercials for "Levi's 501 jeans" (Foote, Cone & Belding).
Relocating to New York in 1993, he suffered his first panic attacks which serverely and periodically impacted his life until he started drug treatments in 2012. He composed and remixed for the Cranberries, DJ Spooky, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Elliott Sharp, Alfred Harth, Corin Curschellas and produced his first industrials for corporate clients like Sears. In 1995 the first of his 2 soundtracks for George Lucas "Star Wars 3D" trailers (New York Film & Animation) appeared. In 1997 his Flux Records released DJ Glove's "Tuning", a 12'' record of a woman tuning a piano, and Frank became the last Freemason of the German-speaking Hermann Lodge No 268 to be initiated in Manhattan. The last of the commercial remix works was Elvis Presley's 'Fever' in 2001.
After gaining his first internet client in 1998, a Pet Sanctuary in Upstate New York, he executed for the next 11 years web design, Adobe Coldfusion development and Microsoft bastion server configuration for numerous clients - from Vampire Cosmetics to Warner Bros. - in the process moving many times between Los Angeles and New York. In 2000 he became the Director of Technology for Musicblitz in Culver City and he was the Senior Systems Analyst for the New York Philharmonic from 2006-2009.
Following an ephiany in the summer of 2001 in Hollywood, Frank devised a new method of composition. All works were now created on the verge of sleep thru IFORMM, a keyboard instrument he build in 2002 to 2006 from vintage digital synthesizers. 2007 saw the destruction of his entire archive of hardware and mastertapes by the California Witch Fire, but Frank continuned until 2009, when he started his first syntheastic film - "Birth of Primary Cinema from the Spirit of Sound" - which was released in 2010.
From 2005-2010 he averaged 3 Compact Discs releases per year on Flux Records and released ALT - a re-discovery of this 1989-2002 algorithmic work with analog computers - on the Paris based label Baskaru. His first record of solo piano music in 2008 - Opus Spongebobicum - saw him returning to become the pianist of Mozart's variations "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" (unreleased) in 2013.
After he his first rescue and restoration of a 1924 E. Gabler & Sons grand piano in 2009, Open Source. Python. The first lecture of the Lodge Currently disolving his collection of early digital synthesizers.