Eric Friend has worked as a sound designer, engineer, and composer for the past twenty five years on feature films, shorts, documentaries, animation, television and commercials for such clients as MTV, 20th Century Fox, ABC, Comedy Central, Sony, Nickelodeon, and Sesame Street. Eric's work has been featured at numerous film festivals including Sundance, SXSW, Venice, Cannes, Berlin, Tribeca, Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin, and more.
Eric learned filmmaking from his father as a child in Michigan. He moved to Austin, Texas to attend the University of Texas Radio/ Television/ Film program, graduating in 1995. He began working for Richard Linklater’s Detour Filmproductions in 1993. From 1995 to 2009, Eric worked with Mike Judge, operating his recording studio and editing suites. In 2009 Eric opened Friendo Sound, which later became Optical Audio.
Eric studied piano in Michigan with legendary pianist Eddie Russ and the great Dr. Morris Lawrence. He played keyboards and toured with the band Spoon for several years. His compositions have been in feature films, documentaries, television, commercials, and radio.