Tyondai Braxton puts different musical ideas on the same path in a kind of artistic experiment. Some he composed, others he generated artificially. The fact that these ideas share a common fate creates a quirky psychological effect (Braxton was inspired by Gestalt psychology, actually): different as the ideas are, we perceive them as one.
Tyondai Braxton, Common Fate
Tyondai Braxton, Common Fate Artists
Tyondai Braxton is an American composer and performer, largely known as the former guitarist/singer of American post-rock super-group Battles, and as a prominently featured artist on record label Warp Records. He has been actively producing and performing music under his name as a solo artist, as well as collaboratively under various group titles and collectives, since the mid 90’s.
In 2013, Alarm Will Sound premiered Braxton’s piece for chamber orchestra and electronics, Fly by Wire, commissioned by and performed at Carnegie Hall.
Raised in Connecticut and Northern California, Braxton is the son of multi-instrumentalist and avant-garde composer Anthony Braxton. He later studied composition at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut with Robert Carl, Ingram Marshall and Ken Steen. His “orchestrated loops” involve real-time overlaying of guitar, voice and found objects, designed to simulate an ensemble.