Brian Riordan is a composer, performer, improviser, producer, and sound artist originally from Chicago, IL. He is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow and a PhD candidate in Music Composition and Theory at University of Pittsburgh, where he pursues interests in temporal discontinuity, delay-based performance, real-time digital signal processing, and laptop performance aesthetics. As an avid collaborator, he has performed in numerous ensembles ranging from rock, jazz, classical, and experimental throughout the United States. His compositions have been performed by The JACK Quartet, The Callithumpian Consort, Wet Ink Ensemble, The Meridian Arts Ensemble, Kamraton, The H2 Quartet, Alia Musica, Wolftrap, and his compositions have been featured at STEIM, SICPP, New Music On The Point, SPLICE, and The Walden Creative Musicians Retreat. As a member of the Pittsburgh ensemble “How Things Are Made,” he produced and performed on over 37 albums for the group and have commissioned 52 compositions.

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'while the earth is still turning'

Written in collaboration with Sonya Belaya. Piano, objects, voice, and live electronics - Sonya Belaya.

Turtles All The Way Up

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Performed by Haley Gillia - violin, John Pickford Richards - viola, Dustin Seo - cello, Robin Rhodes - bass, Brian Riordan - live electronics.

The Moon Is Floating Away From The Earth, Don't Think About It.

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Composed for Ensemble Linea using both equal temperament, and just intonation. The piece reflects my electronic work represented in acoustic instrumentation.


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K. was written while I was stuck in a bureaucratic stalemate. Composed for New Music On The Point 2016 festival.