Brandon Rickman was born and raised in Texas. He was a National Merit Finalist and class valedictorian of a class of 430 students. As an undergraduate he studied music and mathematics at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. At Occidental he performed a one hour solo tuba recital, including the Ralph Vaughan Williams tuba concerto accompanied by piano. He also worked as a stage technician, and created the sound design for several productions.
In 1998, Brandon received a Master of Fine Arts in Design and Media Art from the University of California Los Angeles. His thesis project, “The Dr. K— Project”, is featured in Narrative Intelligence, edited by Michael Mateas and Phoebe Sengers. He continues to participate regularly in conferences related to the intersection of art and technology.
In recent years, Brandon has worked as a freelance software engineer for a number of technology companies. In 2000 he began to study printmaking, and has since become an avid printmaker and artist. He has written two novels, both unpublished. Brandon lives with his family in Los Angeles, California.