Telesonic 9000 is a multimedia project combining original music with retrofuturistic film footage to explore the ideas of progress, technology, and the human experience. The performances are "film-concerts" marked by an inventive synchronicity of live music and footage compiled 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 on equal footing, performed and edited onstage in real time.
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.
The project initialized as a one-man show by the American-born drummer Dominick Gray (while he was working as a session musician in Europe) 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. 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.
Telesonic 9000 has been performed in the United States, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Malaysia, Japan, and the Baltic countries. The debut album and film, Progress, was released in 2019.
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Toledo City Paper Write Up
”His multimedia experience is curated in a way that ties the past to the future, and subtly taps into various parts of the mind all at once.”
– Toledo City Paper
"The mashup of video and music feels alternately bracing and hypnotic..."
"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."
– Mookid Music
Notable performances include:
Kagurane (Tokyo, Japan)
Casa da Mùsica (Porto, Portugal)
Future Soundscapes Festival at Silent Green Kultur Quartier (Berlin, Germany)
Music Tech Fest at Funkhaus Nalepastraße (Berlin, Germany)
Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, OH, USA)
LiveFact (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Kanepes Kulturas Centrs (Riga, Lativa)
Contact: Dominick Gray -