The Future Man Project

The Future Man Project


The three time Grammy award winner from Bela Fleck and the Flecktones is back at it again! Taking downtempo, house, breakbeat, jazz, tribal, and funk, Futureman is mixing it all together and serving it up through turntables, laptops, drum machines, live kits, and visual projections.


Futureman comes from a rich musical background. He is best known for his work with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. The group includes mainstays Bela Fleck on banjo, Victor Wooten on bass, Jeff Coffin on sax and wind instruments, and Future Man on electronic and acoustic drums and percussion. The Flecktones have won three Grammy awards for their outstanding virtuosity in live performance. Their sound spans many musical genres and can be described as innovative, experimental, and unique.

Futureman follows his own musical path as well as an inventor, world class musician, and composer. His first invention was the Drumitar used extensively in the music of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, which allows him to replicate sounds of an entire contemporary drum kit with the movement of just a few fingers on a guitar shaped instrument. A further extension of this type of instrument continued in Futureman's work with the Zen Drum company in the development of an electronic drum specifically designed to work in harmony with the natural movements and proportions of the hands. As a design consultant on this project Futureman became more and more interested in the science of nature as revealed in the proportional ratios of the Golden Mean, also know as Phi. He further went on to work with Zen Drum in the development of a new keyboard called the Roy-el which integrates the melodic and rhythmic capabilities of the piano with his techniques and visions as a percussionist and a composer.

Futureman, as a composer, has worked extensively with the compositional software programs created by Dr. Wayne Kirby, particularly the tuning software program called Phi Music. Futureman has worked with Dr. Kirby and Dr. Greg Olson in the musical ensemble, Sons of Another Planet, as well as independently in multiple projects as the 18th century styled composer Royel under the title of Evolution d¹Amour.

In all of these creative journeys, Futureman seeks to compose music for the new century integrating electronic and acoustic instruments from traditions old and new and yet to be invented. For current info on Futureman and Royel, check and

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