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Brian Saia is a sound designer, composer, producer, recording engineer, and educator based in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, where he studied sound art and installation, and his MFA from California Institute of the Arts, where he studied experimental sound and piano technology. As a musician, Brian takes acoustic sounds from everyday objects and broken instruments and transforms them into rich sonic landscapes through digital and analog processing. It is this process that he uses to create unique, otherworldly soundtracks to award winning films showcased in such festivals as Sundance and SXSW. Believing art to be a powerful vehicle for communication and progress, Brian addresses social issues and community building through his teaching and in his musical collaborations with organizations such as NASA and the Clinton Global Initiative.  Brian currently teaches audio recording and post-production at Los Angeles College of Music and produces music in the genres of folk, indie, electronic, and experimental.

ARTIST STATEMENT

As a sound artist, I aim to re-imagine history through its sounds by exploring the audio-historical timeline of forgotten objects and places. I dig up buried sounds: Rummaging through yard sales, old attics, and antique stores, I identify and salvage articles that can be made to emit.  Experimenting with these finds, I attempt to resurrect and orchestrate dead sounds. Primarily, my work strives to discover, navigate, and evoke the enigmatic past of geographies and objects. Immersed in this pursuit, I am often inspired by antique or broken instruments and by the desert landscape. With my music, I collect these lost sounds in one moment and arrange them to both individualize and intertwine their temporalities and histories. Moreover, the present moment and its technological advances offer a unique vantage point from which the possibilities of the past become endless. Through my music, I endeavor to compose a soundscape that, anchored in present sounds, guides the listener through a pliable past. Contemporary audio developments, like multi-tracking and digital manipulation, intensify and shape antiquated sounds within my work.

DISCOGRAPHY

2019 – Bara Jichova-Tyson – “Talking About Adultery” – Film Score – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2018 – My Allowance – “A Life Too Comfortable, Crazy and Badass” – EP – Mixer

2018 – nitechoir – “Blinking Pigs (Little Dragon Cover)” – Song – Arranger, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2018 – Mother Kali – “Wit’s End” – EP – Producer, Engineer

2017 – Brett Hanover – “Rukus” – Film Score – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2017 – Brendan Byrnes – “Hysteria” – Song – Engineer

2017 – Brendan Byrnes – “Flourescent City” – Song – Engineer

2017 – Anne LeBaron – “Encantamiento” – Album – Engineer

2017 – Kangmin Kim – “Deer Flower” – Film – Foley Engineer

2017 – Matthew Clough-Hunter – “My Heart is Broken” – Song – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2017 – Dr Jones – “Gloria” – Song – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2017 – Dr Jones – “Cherry Cola” – Song – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2017 – Azwan – “Dialate” – Song – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2017 – Alex Wand – “The Great Hunt” – Album – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2017 – Alex Wand – “Harvest Run” – Film Score – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2017 – Ginger Jockey – “Ginger Jockey Surfs the Waspy Waters” – Album – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2017 – Max Kutner – “Disaffection Finds it’s Pure Form” – Album – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2017 – Brian Saia – “Wreckage (Feat. Infinite TGM)” – Song – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2017 – nitechoir – “nitechoir” – EP – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2017 – The Royal Us – “Winter’s Night” – Song – Arranger, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2017 – Sarah Heinss – “Instructions for Living” – Film – Sound Design

2016 – Triangular Bent – “Triangular Bent” – Album – Engineer

2016 – Three Thirds – “Pastures of Plenty” – Song – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2016 – Three Thirds – “Groundskeeper” – Song – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2016 – Temple of the Sun – “Ecosystems” – EP – Engineer, Mixer

2016 – Sean Pecknold – “Ornetica Hesse” – Film – Foley Engineer

2016 – Sean Pecknold – “Jesper Baker” – Film – Foley Engineer

2016 – Brian Saia – “Out With a Bang (Feat. Steven Van Betten)” – Arranger, Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2016 – The Royal Us – “All My Trials” – Song – Arranger, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2016 – Elisha Yaffe – “Welcome Home” – Film Score – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2016 – Brooks Morrison – “Emmett” – Film Score – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2015 – Sophocles – “My Only” – Song – Engineer

2015 – Kate Hardly – “Here, I Made You This” – EP – Mixer

2015 – Bear Club – “EP” – EP – Mixer

2015 – Andrew Rowan – “Refractions” – Song – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2015 – Brooks Morrison – “Doris” – Film Score – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2015 – Brooks Morrison – “Lyle” – Film Score – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2015 – James Beard – “Hey Dude, Hey Man” – Film – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer, Sound Designer

2015 – Bara Jichova-Tyson – “Hatch House” – Film Score – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2015 – Jordan Firstman – “Sold” – Film – Mixer, Sound Designer

2015 – Three Thirds – “Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh” – Album – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2014 – NASA – “The Rosetta Mission” – Film – Mixer

2014 – Stephie’s Castle – “Night Travels” – Album – Mixer

2014 – Bubbeleh – “Bubbeleh” – Album – Mixer

2014 – Three Thirds – “Buffalo Skinner” – EP – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2014 – Fell Runner – “Lullaby” – Song – Engineer, Mixer, Producer

2014 – Clinton Global Initiative – “No Ceilings” – Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2013 – Elisha Yaffe – “Bad Dog” – Film – Mixer, Sound Designer

2013 – Brian Saia – “Shape of Things to Come (Zammuto Cover)” – Song – Arranger, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2013 – Brian Saia- “Get Alive (AU Cover)” – Song – Arranger, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2013 – Marina Shron – “Sea Child” – Film Score – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2013 – The Royal Us – “And You” – Album – Arranger, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2012 – Brendan Byrnes – “Fever Swimmer” – Song – Engineer

2012 – David Rosenboom – “In The Beginning V” – Album – Engineer

2012 – MHZ – “Cloud” – Song – Engineer, Producer

2012 – Brian Saia – “Ancient Lakes” – Album – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2011 – The Whiskey Mountain Way – “Stomp on Me” – EP – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2010 – The Whiskey Mountain Way – “Here’s Your Proof” – EP – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2010 – The Whiskey Mountain Way – “Live at the Oakland Hotel” – EP – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2010 – The Whiskey Mountain Way – “Ain’t Worried” – EP – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2008 – Brian Saia – “Cogs and Fossils” Album – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2007 – Bara Jichova-Tyson – “Mad Cow Story” – Film Score – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2006 – Omnivore – “Hounds” – Song – Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2006 – Brian Saia – “Antique Sand” – Album – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer

2005 – Brian Saia – “The Wallpaper Hesitates” – Album – Composer, Engineer, Mixer, Performer, Producer