Brendan Byrnes is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and mix engineer working in Los Angeles, CA. He has composed, mixed, and produced music for feature length films, commercials, and multi-media productions. Byrnes is perhaps best known for his xenharmonic albums Micropangaea (Spectropol Records) and Neutral Paradise (Split-Note Records) and is the leader, vocalist, and guitarist of microtonal psych-pop band ILEVENS. He has created music for Vice, Google, Maiyet, KCET, Sage Lewis Music (Operator Film Score and Soundtrack), Electronic Countermeasures, and Castledine Music and has also mixed music for Emily Mast, Prudence, and Michael Day. 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 own work mentioned above, 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
LOST LA - SEASON 2 on KCET
I was the re-recording and sound mix engineer for Season 2 of Lost LA - 6 episodes of fascinating LA history that most people aren't aware of, brought to life with incredible interviews and archival material. You can see the episodes online HERE. I also contributed some music cues and did the music mix for Sage Lewis's score.
7" RELEASE FOR "AFTER THE MOON" by PRUDENCE
I was thrilled to mix and play electric guitar for the awesomely psychedelic track "After the Moon" by Prudence (Eastmint) and even more thrilled to see the track get a limited edition vinyl pressing. Pick up a copy and hear the track HERE
OPERATOR FILM AND SOUNDTRACK RELEASED!
The Orchard has released the feature film Operator and the soundtrack has also been released-you can find it here. Many of the cues that I wrote for the film were extended into full songs for the soundtrack!
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 CalledMusic? "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