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ABOUT

Brian Saia is a sound designer, composer, producer, recording engineer and educator based out of Los Angeles. Brian has received his BFA at Massachusetts College of Art where he studied sound art and installation, and an MFA at the California Institute of the Arts where he studied experimental sound and piano technology. Brian has focused his career on taking acoustic sounds from everyday objects and broken instruments and transforming them into a rich sonic landscape through digital and analog processing. Brian has used this process to create unique otherworldly soundtracks to award winning films showcased in film festivals such as Sundance and SXSW. Brian has also focused his attention on social issues and community building through teaching and collaborating musically with organizations such as NASA and the Clinton Global Initiative.  Brian is currently teaching audio Recording at the Art Institute and SAE institute and is producing music projects in the genre of folk, indie, electronic, and experimental.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

As a sound artist, I aim to re-imagine history through its sounds and explore the audio-historical timeline of forgotten objects and places. I dig up buried sounds. Rummaging through yard sales, old attics, and antique stores, I attempt to resurrect and orchestrate dead sounds. Primarily, my work strives to discover, navigate, and evoke the enigmatic past of geographies and objects; as such, I am often inspired by antique / broken instruments and 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 sound-scape 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.