THE UPCOMING AUDIOVISUAL RELEASE FROM TELESONIC 9000
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Equal parts musical act and audiovisual experiment, Telesonic 9000 weaves together genre-bending songs with kinetic mashups of midcentury films to produce an inventive brand of multimedia that is as nostalgic as it is forward looking. Led by American drummer Dominick Gray, the project's unique approach to multi-sensory storytelling captures an essential feeling about our relationship to time, and how the past’s visions of tomorrow impact today.
At a time when pop culture artifacts are recycled, rebooted and reissued to capitalize on audiences’ eagerness for nostalgia, it’s unusual to find an outfit which somehow manages to combine the sensibilities of yesteryear with an eye looking decidedly to the future. Enter the audiovisual anomaly Telesonic 9000. The brainchild of American drummer and producer Dominick Gray, Telesonic 9000 combines energetic art rock songs with intricately edited mashups of midcentury archive footage to produce retrofuturistic music videos and unique live shows. The ingredients which make up the music - the frantic pace of new wave, Krautrock’s calculated rigidity, electropop synth hooks - form the basis for a type of high-concept multimedia storytelling that connects America’s once-thriving enthusiasm for a brighter tomorrow to the looming uncertainty of our information revolution. This synchronization of modern sound and stylized imagery serves as ornamentation for themes which express an intrinsic connection between past, present, and future.
Telesonic 9000 formed in mid-2010’s Berlin, where Gray — then working as a session musician in the city’s cross-cultural creative scene — began developing a solo project based around the idea of merging the experiences of a concert and film screening. An obsessive fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey (he claims to have read dozens of essays which explore interpretations of the movie), computer age aesthetics, and media-fusing artists like Björk, Massive Attack, and Kraftwerk, Gray began compiling his original music with footage extracted from long-forgotten industrial and scientific films sourced from public domain archives. Precisely edited to match sound with image, scenes of postwar idealism were reconstructed to transmute the sense of pleasantly assured optimism into larger concepts relating to technological advancement and the human experience. This came together in an immersive live show built around the 3-way interplay between Gray’s reactive drumming, pulsing electronics, and large video projections. Throughout tours at clubs and galleries in Europe, the US, and Asia, Gray expanded and refined the Telesonic 9000 “film concert” into a 21st-century update of the silent cinema format. This culminated in the release of 2019’s album and film Progress, a 50-minute collage of song and video assembled from over 300 archive movies.
Gray’s sci-fi and left field influences permeate Telesonic 9000’s look and feel, informing the project’s acute creative sentiment and distinctive visual style (instead of conventional announcements or standard social media posts, information is communicated through punchcard readouts and oscilloscope images).
Telesonic 9000's upcoming release is the E.C.H.O. EP. Comprising of 3 fast paced, new-wave influenced songs and one ambient texture piece, E.C.H.O. condenses several ideas relating to the 21st technological revolution into just under 15 minutes. Its accompanying short film takes these ideas further; framed as an audiovisual experiment administered by scientists at Telesonic Research Labs, the collection of music videos uses a cleverly edited mosaic of clips from postwar industrial films to draw a line between the early computer revolution and our information era.
"The project sees Gray weave driving electronic music and spoken word samples with archived mid-century video footage to create a retro-futurist collage of sound and vision."
"Telesonic 9000’s sound embodies a driving rhythm section, Mellotron textures, and sleek electronic flourishes. Combining pulsating beeps and rhythms, spoken word samples, and synths evoking the dawn of the computer era, Telesonic 9000 collages techno beats and sentiments surrounding vintage technology."
"The music on Progress fizzes with optimism, with krautrock-fuelled grooves, YMO-style electronic twinkles and, most notably on ‘Build Today For a Better Tomorrow’, electro-funk workouts – all tied together by his hypnotic jazzy live drumming."
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Ann Arbor Film Festival - Ann Arbor, USA
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