| January 31, 1980 (age 35) (1980-01-31) |
Chicago, Illinois, United States
voice, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, banjo, micro moog, piano, xylophone, harmonica, chromonica, drums, winded accordion, musical saw, kalimba, balalaika, zampona, autoharp, kena, singing bowls, melodica
Ophur, Pinkle, Facing Forward, Third Half, The Sweet Anchovies
in shapes, Dark Matter and Aliens, Fftme, Images of Two
Entertainment for the Braindead
Indie folk, New Wave, Folk rock, Alternative rock, Electronica, Experimental music, American folk music
aaahh Records, NewSong Recordings
Bryyn ([ˈbrɨn ˈ]; born Bryn Martin, January 31, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His music has been described to be a new wave and independent folk pop intertwined with experimental and creative sounds. Bryyn is noted for self-recording and producing all of his music and released many songs under the creative commons license.
Bryyn was born in Woodridge, Illinois, and homeschooled during elementary school. He learned piano under the Suzuki method from the age of five and also studied flute. At age 14 Bryyn began playing guitar and started the Chicago based alternative rock band Ophur with neighborhood friend singer-songwriter Benson Krause. Bryyn performed as the lead guitarist and backup vocalist in Ophur, opening for national acts including The Plain White T's, Sum 41, Violent Femmes, Local H, Lucky Boys Confusion, Veruca Salt, Two Skinee J's, Duvall, and Sleeping at Last. Ophur held their final performance in 2003. The lead singer, Benson Krause, died of apparent suicide on January 22, 2008 after his car was struck by a commuter train. Bryyn also performed in the Downers Grove North High School jazz lab band and joined the College of DuPage Jazz ensemble. During high school and college, Bryyn worked as a clarinet, flute, and pipe organ repair technician and started a garage recording studio.
Bryyn relocated to Akron, Ohio in 2007 and then to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2008. In Pittsburgh, Bryyn collaborated with a local filmmaker and musician Michael Savisky of the Pittsburgh band Colonizing the Cozmos and Buddy Nutt, a musical saw player and multi-instrumentalist. Bryyn relocated to Lausanne, Switzerland in 2009 to explore the European music scene and work as a neuroscientist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. In 2010, Bryyn formed a band in Lausanne, Switzerland for live performances called Pinkle and the Polygons with vocalist/pianist and wife Rachel Martin, percussionist Nicola Cettou, bassist Jens Ingensand, and Ukulele player Aurelie Rewki.
The first Bryyn single, First Comes Rug Burn Then Comes Fire, was released in December 2009 by the blocSonic netlabel. A second single, Fractals, was released by blocSonic in December 2010.
In 2010, Bryyn started working with Twenty Ten Music, a Nashville music publisher led by Charlie Peacock working with The Civil Wars, Switchfoot, The Daylights, and Sleeping at Last, but was dropped in 2011 due to lack of commercial interest. Bryyn officially released three albums of music with Smartsound in 2010-2011 under the artist name Pinkle. In November 2010, Bryyn released the House Plants album with Berlin based free music netlabel Aaahh Records, home of the creative commons indie artist Entertainment for the Braindead, Keyboard Rebel, Uniform Motion, Emilie Lund and The Wind Whistles. All songs on the House Plants album were released at the Internet Archive under a creative commons license and are open for remixing by other artists.
In 2012, Bryyn won a place in the top five finalists among over 2000 entrants at the Newsong Music Mountain Stage Contest, one of the premier singer-songwriter showcases in the United States. Later in 2012, Bryyn joined with Newsong Recordings to officially release a full length album entitled, In Shapes.
As a child, Bryyn was influenced by the Andean music of Los Calchakis, classical music of Carl Orf, and experimental improvisational music of Morton Subotnick. In high school, Bryyn's musical taste was shaped by checking out large quantities of random compact disks from the public library. Bryyn also claims to be influenced by a number of Thrill Jockey record label artists including Trans Am and Tortoise, the alternative music of Nirvana, Beck and Pearl Jam, and Wes Montgomery.In Shapes (2012)
House Plants (2010)
Three Live Songs in Lausanne (2012)
Les Alpettes (2010)
Get Crazy (2009)
Crossing State Lines (2008)
Pink Noise (2008)
Root Metaphors (2008)
Hymns and Sacred Poems (2007)
Dark Matter and Aliens (2007)
Quiet Songs (2006)
Images of Two (2006)
The Sound of Music (2005)
Past Present Future (2005)
Spaceship in a Zoo (2004)
Quadriplegic Ninja (2001)
lactose intolerant ep (2006–present)
i borrowed a moog keyboard (2006–present)
Fractals (blocSonic Vol. 31, released December 2010)
First Comes Rug Burn Then Comes Fire (blocSonic Vol. 26, released 12/2009)
Get Out (ft. Entertainment for the Braindead) (Aaahh-records Denmaaark Compilation, released 02/2012)
Lunar Patterns (Aaahh-records Workshop O.S.T., released 10/2011)