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Telesonic 9000 is an audiovisual anomaly that looks old, sounds new, and feels like the future.

The solo project of the American drummer and producer Dominick Gray, Telesonic 9000 combines kinetic art rock music and archive mashup film imagery to create an inventive form of multimedia that is as nostalgic as it is forward-looking.

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Telesonic 9000 is an audiovisual anomaly that looks old, sounds new, and feels like the future.

 

The solo project of American-born Berlin-based drummer and producer Dominick Gray, T9000 combines kinetic art rock and electronic music with archive mashup film imagery to create a unique form of multimedia that is as nostalgic as it is forward-looking.

Gray brings these elements together to produce an immersive and moving live show that combines inventive drumming, electronic music, and video projection that remixes the past into the future.

The new EP from Telesonic 9000, E.C.H.O., was released on March 24, 2023. Its accompanying short film was released on December 29, 2023

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Live at Videocittà Festival. Rome, 2023

"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."

   - Joyzine UK

ABOUT

Equal parts musical act and video experiment, Telesonic 9000 - the Berlin-based solo project of Ohio-born drummer and producer Dominick Gray - weaves together genre-bending music with kinetic mashups of midcentury archive films to channel ideas connecting time, technology, and the human experience. The ingredients which make up Telesonic 9000’s DNA - art rock explorations, electropop synth hooks, and impressionistic postwar imagery - produce an inventive brand of multimedia that is as retro-savvy as it is forward looking. This serves as the basis for a type of abstract storytelling that captures an essential feeling about our relationship to time, and how the past’s visions of tomorrow impact today.

VIDEOS

MUSIC

BIO

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 pointed decidedly to the future. Enter the audiovisual anomaly Telesonic 9000.

 

The solo project of American-born, Berlin-based drummer and producer Dominick Gray, Telesonic 9000 weaves together genre-bending songs with kinetic mashups of midcentury films to produce an inventive brand of multimedia that is as retro-savvy as it is forward looking. The ingredients which make up the music - art rock explorations, Krautrock’s calculated rigidity, and electropop synth hooks - form the basis for a type of abstract storytelling that connects America’s once-thriving enthusiasm for a brighter future to the looming uncertainty of our information revolution. This synchronization of sonic elements and stylized imagery serves as ornamentation for themes which capture an essential feeling about our relationship to time, and how the past’s visions of tomorrow impact today.

 

Telesonic 9000 formed in mid-2010’s Berlin, where Gray — an eclectic drummer with an art school background, then working as a session musician amidst the city’s cross-cultural creative scene — began developing a solo project based around the idea of fusing the experiences of a concert and film screening. An obsessive fan of 2001: A Space Odyssey (he claims to have read dozens of academic essays which explore interpretations of the movie), computer age aesthetics, and media-mixing artists like Björk, Massive Attack, and Kraftwerk, Gray gradually merged his movie and music interests by integrating original electronic tracks with dozens (later hundreds) of public domain archive films. Editing to sound and composing to imagery, scenes of atomic era scientists and postwar idealism were reconstructed to transmute the sense of pleasantly assured optimism into larger concepts relating to technological advancement and the human experience.

 

The first what-would-come-to-be-called Telesonic 9000 show was held on a visit to the US in early 2015. At a house party in Detroit, without a working projector on hand, a basement crowd danced and watched the film from a computer screen perched on a stool while Dom played drums on a platform tucked in a dark corner. After returning to Berlin (and upgrading to a larger projection setup), this show evolved into an immersive live “film concert”: a 21st-century update to the silent cinema format built around the 3-way interplay between Gray’s reactive drumming, pulsing electronics, and large future-is-now projections. He continued refining Telesonic 9000, settling on a name that evokes the latest model of an all-purpose media creation machine and globetrotting with the show to Estonian art spaces, Italian cinemas, and Tokyo alleyways. This culminated in 2019’s album and film release Progress. Recorded with 2 microphones and minimal software, the album features genre-bending trips into new wave, electropop, and chillout. Its accompanying film is a 50-minute collage of 300 decade-spanning archive movies, covering expansive topics ranging from the life cycle of human beings to the space race. A 3-week tour of Japan and a feature slot at Berlin’s Future Soundscapes Festival followed.

 

“Making the first show, formulating it into Progress, and all of the touring that surrounded it was really a time defined by figuring things out myself, from moment to moment. Amassing footage and pulling off a full production with very little resources, navigating my way through foreign countries, and playing for audiences - sometimes very confused audiences - who had no idea what to expect allowed me to find ways to open people up to an unusual experience.” says Dom.

 

Telesonic 9000's latest release is the EP E.C.H.O. It consists of driving songs that intermix rhythmic synths, spoken word samples, and Gray's  distinct style of motorik drumming. It is accompanied by a music video short film that framed an audiovisual experiment held at Telesonic Research Labs. The EP and short film condense ideas relating to the promise and fallout of the computer revolution into a kinetic audiovisual presentation. Live performances and film screenings in the US and Europe will follow. After basing himself in the Midwest throughout the pandemic, Dom returned to Berlin in summer 2023.

 

“When paired in the right way, music and film can create a kaleidoscope of idea and emotion.”

PHOTOS

Photo credit: Telesonic 9000

Photo credit: Christian Tan

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Live in Rome, 2023. Photo credit: Monkeys Video Lab

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Live in Rome, 2023. Photo credit: Monkeys Video Lab

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Live in Turin, 2019. Photo credit: RATAVÖLOIRA

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Live in Turin, 2019. Photo credit: RATAVÖLOIRA

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Live in Rome, 2023. Photo credit: Monkeys Video Lab

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Photo credit: Riley Dale

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Photo credit: Riley Dale

FILMS

PRESS

"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."

    Video Premiere at Joyzine UK

"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."

    • Single Premiere at Post Punk.com

"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."

    • 'Progress' + Interview at MooKid Music

DISCOGRAPHY / FILMOGRAPHY

E.C.H.O. (EP) - 2023
Progress - 2019

 

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

Videocittà 2023 - Rome, IT
Future Soundscapes Festival 2019 - Berlin, DE
Casa da Música  2018- Porto, PT
Music Tech Fest 2016 - Berlin, DE
Live Performers Meeting 2018 - Rome, IT
Kagurane 2019 - Tokyo, JP
Live Fact 2017 - Kuala Lumpur, MY
Ann Arbor Film Festival 2022 - Ann Arbor, USA
Toledo Museum of Art 2019 - Toledo, USA

Chicago Filmmakers 2019 - Chicago, USA

CONTACT

Booking / Collaborations: Dominick Gray
telesonic9000@gmail.com

Press and Publicity: Larry Meyer

musicxmeyer@gmail.com

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