Live at Future Soundscapes Festival. Berlin, 2019.
Photo by Markus Green.
Telesonic 9000 is a multimedia project combining original music with retrofuturistic film clips to explore the ideas of social and technological progression within human experience. The performances are marked by an inventive synchronicity of live music and footage assembled from over 400 archival films. Telesonic 9000 is an immersive experience at the intersection of a concert and film screening, with the audio and visual elements performed and edited onstage in real time.
The project initialized as a one-man show by the American drummer Dominick Gray, as a way to showcase live drumming and original music, while satisfying a curiosity to experiment with visual media. For four years he performed with this setup in galleries, clubs, and concert halls throughout the US, EU, and Asia, and released the debut album Progress. As of late 2019, the project expanded into a full band/live cinema format, incorporating electronic mallet percussion, bass, keyboards, and live video editing. The band's rotating lineup has included performers from 4 continents.
As a response to the general sense of cynicism and confusion which is so prevalent in today’s world, Telesonic 9000 aims to promote the ideas of progress, citizenship, intelligence, and personhood by reclaiming the sense of optimism and coordinated group effort that was found throughout many movements in postwar America.