Brendan Byrnes is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, mix engineer, and piano tuner working in Los Angeles, CA. He has recently composed and mixed for a number of feature length films and commercials in collaboration with Castledine Productions and Sage Lewis Music.. Byrnes is perhaps best known for his xenharmonic album Micropangaea (micropangaea.com / Spectropol Records) and is the leader, vocalist, and guitarist of microtonal psych-pop band ILEVENS. He has a BFA in Contemporary Writing and Production from the Berklee College of Music and an MFA in Composition from The California Institute of the Arts.
In addition to his work in electronic music, sound art, and rock music, his works for string ensemble and orchestra have been performed internationally. His String Quartet “Aman” was premiered in 5 cities in Nicaragua including Managua’s National Concert Hall and a composition for full orchestra titled “Chroma” was premiered by the San Francisco Sinfonietta alongside Paul McCartney’s “Oratorio” in San Francisco, California (2011). A recent collaborative composition with virtuoso violinist and composer Mark Menzies titled “Swongering Butterfly” was premiered for “Ensemble Sospeso: The Machine Breathes” at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, NYC.
News & press
OPERATOR PREMIERES AT 2016 SXSW FILM FESTIVAL!
I contributed several cues of my own and also assisted Sage Lewis compose and produce the massive score for the feature length film "Operator" starring Martin Starr and Mae Whitman. The film is already receiving very positive reviews like this one
ILEVENS RELEASES LIVE VIDEOS
2 new songs, both in the 22 divisions per octave tuning system -played live in the studio!
ILEVENS @ PIETER SPACE
ILEVENS featuring visuals by Kerstin Hovland and Emery Martin. Opening acts are Katie Stewing Rubber, Deyrdier, Georgia Bell and Maxwell Gualtierri. $5. DETAILS
ILEVENS @ LIVE ARTS LOS ANGELES
after-party performance for TETHERING by Becca Lemme and Acts of Matter
UNTWELVE INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION CONTEST
Selected as a judge for the 2014-2015 contest . The contest is held annually and awards the best 3 microtonal and xenharmonic works in any style. A collaboration by Brendan Byrnes and Alex Wand took 2nd place in the 2012-2013 contest and can be heard HERE
Details for the contest here: untwelve.org
FO(u)R TUNINGS @ THE WILD BEAST
Opening for Kraut-rock pioneers Faust. Fo(u)r Tunings is a piece for full orchestra, electronics, and "rock band". The tunings used are 20 EDO, a custom 13 limit JI scale, good ol' 12 EDO and the Bohlen Pierce scale. DETAILS
Igloo Magazine "There’s an immediate wow factor embedded within these eight pieces of sonic delight" READ HERE
Can This Even Be Called Music? "Unlike most microtonal stuff I’ve heard, the goal here is not to challenge the listener, but rather to take his hand and show him new soundscapes, and to show him the beauty of it all." READ HERE