Channeling an era of progress and optimism towards a future which never arrived, the multimedia art rock project Telesonic 9000 weaves together energetic music and midcentury film footage to produce a unique brand of retrofuturist sound and imagery.
The concept is brought to life in an immersive live show, blending dynamic music with video projections synchronized in realtime.
Taking cue from the creative explorations of new wave bands and early electro-pop, Telesonic 9000’s sound is embodied by a driving rhythm section, mellotron textures, and sleek electronic flourishes. A kinetic collage of postwar film clips accompanies each song, marked by space age sound effects and spoken word samples. Dense with “future-is-now” sensibility, the final product is a distinct style of music-film that sounds new, looks old, and feels like the future we've been waiting for.
Live in Turin, 2019
Formed in Berlin by American drummer and producer Dominick Gray, Telesonic 9000 was initially conceived as a solo show interplaying video projections with reactive live drumming. This allowed Dom to use an audiovisual framework to explore the ideas of American identity and the recent past while expanding upon his roots in instrumental music. The “Telesonic Film Concert” was performed to unsuspecting audiences in clubs and art spaces around the globe, including shows at Music Tech Fest (Berlin), LPM (Rome), Casa da Mùsica (Porto), Live Fact (Kuala Lumpur), and the Toledo Museum of Art (USA). This period of touring and refinement of the show culminated in the release of the 50-minute long album/film Progress in February 2019.
Following tours of Europe and Japan, Dominick returned to the US in late 2019, expanding the project into a full band for select live shows.
The video pieces make inventive use of public domain footage (Progress was assembled of clips from over 300 films) exploring the ideas of American identity, the recent past, and long forgotten visions of tomorrow.
“I wanted to mix the experiences of going to a concert and cinema at the same time,” Dom says regarding the idea behind Telesonic 9000. “You can have the energy and emotion of what are normally separate experiences joined into one.”
Live in Berlin, 2019
Telesonic 9000’s newest single, Information, is released September 3rd 2021. The music video arrives on Oct 1st.