Best known for his work with Battles and as an experimental composer in his own right, Tyondai Braxton began performing and writing in Middletown, Connecticut, in the early '90s after studying composition at the University of Hartford's Hartt School. Trying everything from creative orchestra to avant-garde jazz to art rock with Antenna Terra -- which also featured Extra Life's Charlie Looker and Mike Pride of Period -- he released his first solo album in the summer of 2002. History That Has No Effect, which mixed orchestrated organic and electronic loops manipulated through guitar pedals, was released on JMZ Records. That year he also formed the band Battles with John Stanier of Helmet and Tomahawk, guitarist/keyboardist Ian Williams of Don Caballero, and guitarist David Konopka of Lynx; their debut album, 2007's Mirrored, earned widespread praise for its kinetic, adventurous take on rock. He returned to his solo career in 2009 with Central Market, an orchestral album released by the Warp label. After Braxton left Battles in 2010, he embarked on a string of projects and performances, including 2011's TREMS, a piece written for the Bang on a Can All-Stars, and collaborations with the Kronos Quartet and Philip Glass in 2012. Along with Fly by Wire, an orchestral/electronic piece that debuted at Carnegie Hall, 2013 also saw the premiere of HIVE, a composition for modular synthesizers and acoustic percussion, at the Guggenheim Museum. The piece was also performed in Poland and Australia before it was released as HIVE1 in 2015. ~ Bradley Torreano, Rovi