Richard Lainhart is an award-winning composer, filmmaker, and author - a digital artisan who works with sonic, visual, and textual data.
Richard Lainhart
Richard Lainhart began his illustrious career by studying composition and electronic music with Joel Chadabe at the State University of New York at Albany, and has worked and performed with John Cage, David Tudor, Steve Reich, Phill Niblock, David Berhman, Alvin Lucier, and Jordan Rudess, among many others. He’s also played vibes in a swing band; composed music for film, television, CD-ROMs, interactive applications, and the Web; engineered audio for recordings and live sound; and served as technical director at Intelligent Music, a pioneering music software company.

His compositions have been performed in the US, England, Sweden, Germany, Australia, and Japan. Recordings of his music have appeared on the Periodic Music, Vacant Lot, XI Records, Ex Ovo, and Airglow Music labels and are distributed online via MusicZeit. As an active performer, Lainhart has appeared in public approximately 2000 times. He has composed over 100 electronic and acoustic works, and has been making music for 40 years.

Lainhart's animations and short films have been shown in festivals in the US, Canada, Germany, and Korea, and online at ResFest, The New Venue, The Bitscreen, and Streaming Cinema 2.0. His film "A Haiku Setting" won awards in several categories at the 2002 International Festival of Cinema and Technology in Toronto. In 2008, he was awarded a Film & Media grant by the New York State Council on the Arts for "No Other Time", full-length intermedia performance designed for a large reverberant space, combining live analog electronics with four-channel playback, and high-definition computer-animated film projection.

As Digital Media Specialist with Novaworks Computer Systems in New York City from 1990-2000, he trained hundreds of professional editors, designers, and animators at digital media companies including Apple, Showtime Networks, and MTV, in the use of digital production tools like Premiere, After Effects, Electric Image, and Final Cut Pro. He's also authored over a dozen technical manuals for music and video hardware and software, served as Contributing Editor for Interactivity and 3D Design Magazines, and contributed to books on digital media production published by IDG, Peachpit Press, McGraw Hill, and Miller Freeman Books.

Previously an Adobe Certified Expert in After Effects and Premiere, a demo artist for Adobe Systems, and co-founder of the official New York City Adobe After Effects User Group, he was, from 2000-2009, Technical Director for Total Training Productions, an innovative digital media training company based in New York and California. With Jordan Rudess, he has produced dozens of demo and training videos for music industry companies like Korg, Roland, Yamaha, Moog Music, Mark Of The Unicorn, and C-Thru Music.

You can find examples of his music and digital artworks at his website, Some of his short films are available at Samples of his demo and training videos are available at
Courses by Richard Lainhart
  • After Effects CS5 303
    More Cartoon Animation Basics
    Learn to use Adobe After Effects' Puppet Pin tool to animate characters in the "squash-and-stretch" style seen in the classic cartoons of the 30s & 50s in More Cartoon Animation Basics by After Effects expert Richard Lainhart...
  • After Effects CS5 302
    Cartoon Animation Basics
    Learn how to animate photos and create basic characters in the style of "South Park", "Monty Python" and "Jib Jab" in this tutorial, Cartoon Animation Basics, by After Effects expert Richard Lainhart.
  • After Effects CS5 203
    Secrets of Particle Playground
    Learn the little-known secrets of After Effects' Particle Playground plugin with special effects expert & Star Trainer Richard Lainhart.
  • After Effects CS5 201
    Motion Tracking and Stabilization
    Learn the ins-and-outs of After Effects' Motion Tracking and Stabilization techniques with special effects expert, Richard Lainhart.
  • After Effects CS5 101
    Core After Effects CS5
    Adobe's After Effects CS5 is the industry-leading motion graphics software that powers animations across all media including the web, on TV and in feature films. Join visual artist/musician and trainer Richard Lainhart in this detailed exploration of everything you need to know about the powerful animation tools in After Effects CS5.
  • Synthesis 301
    Advanced Synthesis
    Delve deeply into the complex world of Advanced Synthesis and learn how to create your own evocative and evolving soundscapes, from scratch!
  • Synthesis 201
    Analog Synthesis in a Digital World
    Learn how analog synths fit into your modern music production workflow in this amazing tutorial for ALL audio producers -by the great Richard Lainhart.
  • Soundbooth 101
    Core Soundbooth
    Soundbooth is an amazing application for creating and mastering perfect movie soundtracks. This tutorial shows you important tips & tricks that let you hit the ground running with Soundbooth CS4.
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