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  • Congratulations to Tyondai Braxton, who has been named to the faculty of the Department of Music at Princeton University. As Assistant Professor, he will be teaching both undergraduate and graduate courses beginning this fall. Braxton is joining the composition faculty, which includes Professor of Music Donnacha Dennehy. Among the other artists in Princeton’s Department of Music who have recorded on Nonesuch are Ensemble in Residence Sō Percussion, Director of Choral Activities Gabriel Crouch, and Global Scholar: Irish Studies & Music Department Iarla Ó Lionáird. 

  • Tyondai Braxton releases “Multiplay” on Nonesuch Records today. The new track features Braxton on electronics, and was recorded in his home studio in Bearsville, NY. Following last month’s release of “Dia" / "Phonolydian”—Braxton’s first new music in five years—“Multiplay” is the next in a series of new releases to continue through the year. The first performance of a three-show residency entitled Multiplay, at Public Records in Brooklyn, scheduled for January 12, has been postponed until May 4 and will feature a duo set between Braxton and Cibo Matto founder Yuka C. Honda. The other two shows are scheduled to take place as planned.

  • About This Album

    Nonesuch releases HIVE1, the label debut from Tyondai Braxton on May 12, 2015. Written and recorded throughout 2013 and 2014, the recording comprises eight pieces that were originally conceived for a performance work called HIVE that debuted at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2013. The work evolved into HIVE1.

    Following its New York premiere, HIVE was performed at the Sydney Opera House, the MONA FOMA festival in Tasmania, and London’s Barbican Centre as part of Nonesuch’s 50th anniversary celebration. The piece was created as a live multimedia work that was part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pods. Designed by Danish architect Uffe Surland Van Tams, each pod was programmed to complete the sonic mood of the piece with ever-changing LED light emitting through its perforated wooden walls. The piece derived its name, as Braxton told London’s Guardian, because "there’s a very social aspect to what’s happening in this project. Technologically speaking, the performers of the piece are very connected together."

    Praised by the Washington Post as "one of the most acclaimed experimental musicians of the last decade," Braxton has been writing and performing music under his own name and collaboratively, under various group titles, since the mid-1990s. He is the former front man of experimental rock band Battles, whose debut album Mirrored was both a critical and commercial success. Since departing Battles in 2010, Braxton has focused on composing music for HIVE, as well as composing commissioned pieces for ensembles such as The Bang on a Can All Stars, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Brooklyn Rider. In 2012, he collaborated with Philip Glass during the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival. He has also performed his orchestral work Central Market with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and New York’s Wordless Music Orchestra.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Tyondai Braxton, synthesis, sampling
    Ben Vida, modular synth (8)
    Chris Thompson, percussion 1 (2, 3, 7, 8)
    Matthew Smallcomb, percussion 2 (3, 8)
    Yuri Yamashita, percussion 3 (3, 8)

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Composed and recorded by Tyondai Braxton
    Percussion recorded by Damon Whittemore at Flux Studio, NYC
    Mixed by Damon Whittemore and TB at Flux Studio, NYC
    Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, London

    Design by John Gall
    Illustration by Heesang Lee
    Photo: HIVE at the Guggenheim Museum, NYC 2013, by Ports Bishop

    HIVE Pods designed and fabricated by Uffe Surland Van Tams

Format Availability

  • This album is available from Nonesuch Records for the world outside of Japan

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on January 30, 2015 - 3:55pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 13:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

The label debut from Tyondai Braxton, HIVE1 comprises eight pieces originally conceived for a performance work called HIVE that debuted at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2013 and evolved into HIVE1. The Washington Post has called Braxton "one of the most acclaimed experimental musicians of the last decade." Q calls the album "a sonically absorbing experience." NPR says: "[W]hat sets this album apart is its playfulness—the feeling that experimenting with sound is a joyful game."

Description: 

Nonesuch releases HIVE1, the label debut from Tyondai Braxton on May 12, 2015. Written and recorded throughout 2013 and 2014, the recording comprises eight pieces that were originally conceived for a performance work called HIVE that debuted at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2013. The work evolved into HIVE1.

Following its New York premiere, HIVE was performed at the Sydney Opera House, the MONA FOMA festival in Tasmania, and London’s Barbican Centre as part of Nonesuch’s 50th anniversary celebration. The piece was created as a live multimedia work that was part architectural installation and part ensemble performance with five musicians sitting cross-legged atop their own space-age oval pods. Designed by Danish architect Uffe Surland Van Tams, each pod was programmed to complete the sonic mood of the piece with ever-changing LED light emitting through its perforated wooden walls. The piece derived its name, as Braxton told London’s Guardian, because "there’s a very social aspect to what’s happening in this project. Technologically speaking, the performers of the piece are very connected together."

Praised by the Washington Post as "one of the most acclaimed experimental musicians of the last decade," Braxton has been writing and performing music under his own name and collaboratively, under various group titles, since the mid-1990s. He is the former front man of experimental rock band Battles, whose debut album Mirrored was both a critical and commercial success. Since departing Battles in 2010, Braxton has focused on composing music for HIVE, as well as composing commissioned pieces for ensembles such as The Bang on a Can All Stars, Kronos Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, and Brooklyn Rider. In 2012, he collaborated with Philip Glass during the ATP I'll Be Your Mirror festival. He has also performed his orchestral work Central Market with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, and New York’s Wordless Music Orchestra.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Composed and recorded by Tyondai Braxton
Percussion recorded by Damon Whittemore at Flux Studio, NYC
Mixed by Damon Whittemore and TB at Flux Studio, NYC
Mastered by Matt Colton at Alchemy Mastering, London

Design by John Gall
Illustration by Heesang Lee
Photo: HIVE at the Guggenheim Museum, NYC 2013, by Ports Bishop

HIVE Pods designed and fabricated by Uffe Surland Van Tams

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Nonesuch Selection Number: 

547466

FormatRestrictions: 

This album is available from Nonesuch Records for the world outside of Japan

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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 20:45
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MUSICIANS
Tyondai Braxton, synthesis, sampling
Ben Vida, modular synth (8)
Chris Thompson, percussion 1 (2, 3, 7, 8)
Matthew Smallcomb, percussion 2 (3, 8)
Yuri Yamashita, percussion 3 (3, 8)

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