Schedule: 8:00 Doors / 9:00 ShowCash bar available to those 21 years and older.
Gray Area's UNSEEN series returns in February with collaborative A/V performances from the some of the most respected members of the Bay Area's underground music scene.Gray Area’s quarterly UNSEEN Series presents site-specific, collaborative performances by Bay Area artists and explores current practices in immersive media, including expanded cinema, video and sound art, experimental music and technology. The UNSEEN series is curated by Oakland artist Matt Fisher, and presented in 8 channel surround sound with audio engineering and equipment by Recombinant Media Labs.
UNSEEN: Winter 2018
Our February UNSEEN is a special performance of Tactus Tempus, a lost, graphics-based experimental score by California composer Frank McCarty. The work is a "a large, controlled improvisational process for at least five visual pulse-producers and five audio pulse-producers."
The piece was originally conceived and performed in 1973 by McCarty's group BIOME on 5 EMS Synthi synthesizers. By following a set of simple, yet subjective instructions the piece begins as a sparse moire pattern of bursts and tones before evolving in density and intensity as the players symbiotically interact guided only by the illustrated curve found on the score.
In McCarty's words: "One of several of my compositions in play-bill format, the notation employs only words and graphics. In this case, the piece relates to the concept of the pulse. It is a percussion work but is realized by live performance on synthesizers. The improvising musicians produce repeating pulse-trains. Pulses of light do the same thing. The piece gradually increases in quickness and loudness until reaching the speed of sound and constant light."
Our supergroup of audiovisual performers is being organized by multi-instrumentalist Ryan Smith (of Caribou, Geej, Taraval, and Bathing ). Ryan is joined for this ensemble performance by Anthony Ferraro (Toro Y Moi,, Astronauts Etc), Brooke Keller (Jacktone), Evelyn Marie Malinowski (Jacktone), Russell E L Butler (Opal Tapes, Jacktone), Allison Leigh Holt, Kit Young, and flatspot_.
Ryan is a musician and producer based in San Francisco. His ‘day job’ is playing guitar and synths in Caribou and in his spare time releases music and DJs under the name Taraval on Text Records and Hypercolour. He regularly DJs in California and in Europe including parties like Leisure System @ Berghain and the Hydra in London. He also manages JIAOLONG records with Dan Snaith and is the co-owner of Geej Recordings with Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys. He recently produced a collaborative performance of a 1973 graphics score by avant-garde composer Frank McCarty called Tactus Tempus, a controlled improvisational process for 9 audio visual performers released on Geej records. He also is also one half of live electronic duo Bathing. He produces using a mixture of electronic and live instrumentation and is an expert user of Ableton, modular synthesizers and sequencers.