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Jeff Briggs


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Born in Florence, Alabama in 1957 Jeff Briggs began composing at age 13 after falling in love with Beethoven and Prokofiev. He attended the Eastman School of Music (1975-79), the University of Memphis (1979-80), and the University of Illinois (1980-84), where he was awarded a doctorate in Music Composition and Theory. Briggs studied with teachers such as Samuel Adler, Donald Freund, and Pulitzer Prize winner, Joseph Schwantner. During his educational career he won an ASCAP Young Composer Award, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Bernard and Rose Sernaffsky Composition Prize, among others.

Jeff worked as a professional freelance composer from 1984 to 1988, when he accepted a position at MicroProse Entertainment Software as designer and composer. His success at game design and development prompted promotion to Director of Product Development which he held from 1993 to 1996. At MicroProse, Briggs designed or developed over 15 games and composed the music for more than twenty. He also formed an important friendship and creative partnership with Sid Meier, the founder of MicroProse. Sid and Jeff collaborated on many successful products such as Civilization, Colonization, Civilization II. A peculiar collaboration resulted in an unusual product, “CPU Bach.” Published only for the original 3DO platform the product composed and performed original music in several forms in the style of JS Bach…

In 1996 Briggs left MicroProse to form his own game development group, Firaxis Games, named for his 1984 chamber work, FIRAXIS. Sid Meier joined the company within a few weeks and became a partner in Firaxis Games (along with Brian Reynolds).

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  • AJ-Rayder

    The title for the German Anthem on Civ 1 is Goldberg Variation 4 (composed by Bach).

    4 May 2011 Reply
  • McBad48

    You are one of my major influences, wish you would upload more of your tracks... especially the vintage stuff from Colonization and Civilization! I'm listening to some Shaka Zulu right now.

    15 Sep 2010 Reply
  • jacquisadler

    Glad to see I'm not the only one who accidentally scrobbled the Civ II tracks!

    21 Sep 2009 Reply
  • AcidBeast

    Yeah, the editor's nick and his profile is suspicious. Also the very detailed description...

    10 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Niai8889

    Anyone think Jeff Briggs came on here and wrote the artist description himself? :P

    2 Dec 2007 Reply

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