Micropangaea

by Brendan Byrnes

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Theodore Kloba
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Theodore Kloba This is one of the most accessible microtonal recordings I've heard. Although it does have a concept built around the alternate tuning systems, it would still be enjoyable as music that just happens to be microtonal. My favorite is the live-in-studio "Fever Swimmer" which sounds like a bent futurist re-imagining of [believe it or not] "The Other Way of Stopping" by The Police. Favorite track: Fever Swimmer (live in studio).
Some guy
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Some guy This album is just so *alive*. And playful. Drops you into its titular fictional continent and shows you some of the vistas it encompasses, from desert to sea to skies. Like a series of paintings in aural form.
frenchtweacher
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frenchtweacher If you play a stringed instrument, sooner or later you'll ask yourself why so much space between semitones, and why not use more of it? The answer involving harmonics and maths may be a bit dry, but Micropangaea will make it crystal clear. If we want to, we can use that space. But won't it sound weird and out of tune? Not if you leave it to Brendan Byrnes. He gets it right in every configuration. The wizardry is that each track feels like discovering music for the very first time! Favorite track: Zibra Island.
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An arresting collection of microtonal electronica and avant-rock by Los Angeles-based composer/instrumentalist/producer Brendan Byrnes. Each of the eight tracks explores a different tuning system and is based on imaginary locations or features of Micropangaea, a fictional continent that will form on earth in the distant future. With the help of drummers
Michael Day and Mike Horick, engineer Brian Saia, and a microtonal guitar ensemble, Byrnes pulls the listener through instantly compelling song structures while pushing sonic boundaries. An animated website designed by Kerstin Hovland offers a new alternative to liner notes, providing additional visual content and tuning information. Visit the site at micropangaea.com.

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"There’s an immediate wow factor embedded within these eight pieces of sonic delight as featured in the tantalizing world of Brendan Byrnes‘ Micropangaea—a kaleidoscope of surreal instrumentation which roots itself in the subconscious and elevates the senses." -Igloo Magazine
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released July 28, 2012

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