Composer, Performer, Educator
Eric Ye is a composer, arranger, and songwriter for concert, game, film, and musical theatre, currently pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Composition and Piano Performance, minoring in audio engineering at San Francisco State University. Equally at ease with a wide range of styles across diverse mediums, his influences include Bach, Ravel, Joni Mitchell, Mariah Carey, Richard Marx, Joe Hisaishi, Masashi Hamauzu, Thomas Newman, Stephen Schwartz, Disney songs, and the soundtracks of Sailor Moon, Touhou, and Riverdance. He is a classically-trained pianist, violinist, and vocalist. Vocally, he is steeped in musical theatre and the pop music in English, Japanese, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
As an educator, Eric's expertise is in game composition, using Japanese VGM literature as a basis with a classical and jazz-informed perspective. Currently, he is a mentor of game composition at the International Game Developers Association and will be offering a course called the Game Composition Bootcamp over summer, taught through Zoom. In 2021, Eric was the lecturer for a first-of-its-kind course on the craft of game composition, Writing Japanese Video Game Music, at SF State. Students of all backgrounds, including beginners to producers with over twenty years of experience, went through a structured curriculum to deepen their understanding of legendary VGM and practice essential VGM skills. He has delivered a presentation on this topic at Berklee College of Music.
In addition to help transform game composition pedagogy, Eric has been involved as a lecturer as part of SFSU's Experimental College program. In Spring 2022, he taught The Art of Pop Song, which surveys hits songs and great artists from the 50's to present. The last of his music course series, Great Film Scores, will be offered in Fall 2022. He is developing his fourth and final course, Building a Successful Semester: How to Maximize Your Productivity as a Student, for Spring 2023.
In addition to being an active film composer whose films have been featured in multiple screenings at SF State, he is the director of the RGB Arts Festival at SFSU, an annual student-run inter-departmental festival consisting of three concerts: Dance Fest, Film Fest, and Song Fest. Music students collaborate with students in artistic disciplines from other departments to create and perform new works.