Erica Porter is a classically trained pianist and composer. She is the composer and sound designer for the video game, Live by the Sword: Tactics, developed by Labrador Studios in the United Kingdom. The link is on the homepage to view the Steam page for Live by the Sword: Tactics. She’s also had her pieces Galactic Triumph, A Daughter’s Beauty and Preparation recorded by The Budapest Score. Her piece, Motion, premiered at Carnegie Hall by The United Nations Chamber Music Society in the fall of 2021. She composed the music for the documentary, Dr. Roger Peele: A Revolutionary in Psychiatry that will be screened at the A.P.A. (American Psychiatric Association) in May 2022 and other film festivals.
While Erica was studying her M.A. in Contemporary Composition at the University of York in 2020, she began working for a director looking for a composer for his video game, Live by the Sword: Tactics. She was given complete autonomy over the music, and a six-month contract, then was given the opportunity of becoming the sound designer for the video, creating FX for the creations throughout the video game. During this time, she premiered her piece, String Quartet No. 1, performed by the Quatuor Diotima String Quartet, and was accepted into the Women’s Program for the Conducting at the Royal Conservatoire of Birmingham as well.
Erica graduated from the University of York with her M.A. in January. In the Spring of 2021, Erica began studying at Berklee College of Music on her second M.A. focused in Film Scoring, which is where she started working with her director on composing music for the psychological documentary sent off to film festivals in the summer. She was also a participant in New York University’s Film Scoring and Advertising Workshops from June through July. In September, her piece, Galactic Triumph, was performed live by The Budapest Score in Budapest, Hungary.
In early November, she had her second session with The Budapest Score, where she composed her piece, A Daughter’s Beauty, for a medium-sized string orchestra. On November 17th, Erica had her piece, Motion, performed by the United Nations Chamber Music Society at Carnegie Hall. This program a part of the Village Health Works Concert for the celebration in construction of the women’s hospital in Burundi, East Africa, Kitgutu Hospital & Women’s Health Pavilion, a 150-bed teaching hospital designed to meet the growing needs of the region.
Erica is currently working on her thesis for her Master’s degree at Berklee College of Music and is working on three different productions. She is the composer for a crime-drama TV show called, Witness, and the film, The Window Between Us, both held in the United Kingdom and a film in Boston currently in pre-production.