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Brian O'Reilly works within the fields of electro-acoustic composition, sound installations, moving images and noise music. Also he is a contrabassist focusing on uncovering the inaudible textures and hidden acoustic microsounds of his instrument through the integration of electronic treatments and extended playing techniques.
He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago focusing on sonic art, kinetic sculpture and analog video synthesis utilizing the Sandin Image Processor. He also at this time was engaged in independent studies in music improvisation, composition and synthesis. He relocated to Paris in the late 1990’s to research the composition methods of the composer and architect Iannis Xenakis. During this time he worked extensively with Xenakis' electronic music system utilizing graphic sonic synthesis the UPIC. After a time of research at Les Ateliers UPIC, he received an appointment as the studio's Musical Assistant, during which he also worked as music assistant for Luc Ferrari on his audio & video installation "Cycle Des Souvenirs" and Eliane Radigue on her electroacoustic work "L'Ile Re-sonante".
He pursued graduate studies in Electronic Music Composition at the University of California Santa Barbara's Media Arts and Technology program, where his collaborations with Curtis Roads began with the project "Point Line Cloud" which won an Award of Distinction at Ars Electronica in 2002. Then relocating to San Francisco he took a position as Operations Manager of Recombinant Media Labs, working on many project for the Asphodel record label & recording studio. He also has received several international residencies and commissions including invitations to work as a guest artist at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie (ZKM) in Germany, the SH Festival in Shanghai, KLEX | KL Experimental Film, Video & Music Festival, LUFF – Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival and All Tomorrow Parties festival curated by Autechre in the UK.
O’Reilly has performed with and worked on projects by Eliane Radigue, Luc Ferrari, Curtis Roads, Zbigniew Karkowski, Otomo Yoshihide, Matmos, Maryanne Amacher, Zeitkratzer, Dennis Wong, Christian Marclay, Toshimaru Nakamura, William Basinski, Yong Yandsen, Fe-Mail, Yasunao Tone, Lillevan, Darren Moore, George Chaua, Andreas Schlegel, Anla Courtis, Bani Haykal, Francisco López, The Observatory, Garth Knox, Steina and Woody Vasulka, amongst others.
In addition to his solo performances and works for moving images he also plays modular analog synthesizer and generates visuals in the duo Black Zenith and contrabass & electronics with the noise-jazz group Game of Patience. Currently he is a lecturer at LASALLE’s College of the Arts School of Contemporary Music, focusing on electronic music composition, visual music and creative music making techniques through the use of improvisation.