Nonotak and Rival Consoles at the 2017 Gray Area Festival
On Saturday night of the 2017 Gray Area Festival, Nonotak and Rival Consoles join us for an evening of dancefloor-oriented tracks and light and sound installations. Nonotak will be bringing their internationally renowned, architectural work for the first time to San Francisco, "Late Speculation," while Rival Consoles will bring a live audiovisual set all the way from London! The show will open with cerebral sounds and visuals by Oakland-based musician BLEIE in collaboration with Gray Area's own Chelley Sherman.
NONOTAK studio is the collaboration between the illustrator Noemi Schipfer and the architect musician Takami Nakamoto. Commissioned by the Architect Bigoni-Mortemard to create a mural in the lobby of a public housing building in Paris, NONOTAK was created in late 2011. In early 2013, they start to work on light and sound installations, creating an ethereal, immersive and dreamlike environment meant to envelope the viewer, capitalizing on Takami Nakamoto's approach of space & sound, and Noemi Schipfer's experience in kinetic visual. They presented their first audiovisual installation at the Mapping Festival in may 2013. In summer 2013, NONOTAK come up with a performance, LATE SPECULATION, where they are the creators and contents of the project. NONOTAK have been commissioned by the Mapping Festival ( GENEVA ), EM15 ELEKTRA / MUTEK ( MONTREAL ), la Nuit Blanche ( PARIS ), Roppongi Art night ( TOKYO ), Axcess Art Gallery ( NEW YORK ), Stereolux ( NANTES ), Playgrounds Festival ( TILBURG ), Mirage Festival ( LYON ), Vision'R, Insanitus Festival ( LITHUANIA ), FUZ Festival ( PARIS ), Lunchmeat Festival (PRAHA ), KIKK Festival ( BELGIUM ), Nokia by Lumia ( ISTANBUL ). Their work have been exhibited at institutions and galleries including Tokyo Grant Hyatt Hotel, l'Opéra de Lyon, Batiment d'Art Contemporain de Genève, Theater de NWE Vorst, La Fabrique, Pavillon Carré de Baudouin, Le Générateur.
Rival Consoles is an electro/IDM producer from England who creates driving, experimental dance tracks primarily with analog equipment. Born Ryan Lee West on November 10, 1985, in Leicester, England, he made his Erased Tapes Records debut in 2007 as Aparatec with the glitchy, acid-tinged Vemeer EP. Later in 2007, he premiered his Rival Consoles moniker with the Decadent EP, which combined galloping breakbeats with increasingly complex and dramatic synthesizer melodies and arrangements. Continuing his harder-edged IDM sound, the 7" EP Helvetica was released in 2009. During the same year, he also released two more dancefloor-oriented recordings: 65/Milo, a split EP with Kiasmos; and his full-length album debut, IO, which garnered substantial acclaim. Rival Consoles provided remixes for a variety of his Erased Tapes labelmates, including Nico Muhly, Codes in the Clouds, and Canon Blue. His second full-length, Kid Velo, arrived in 2011, finding West continuing to hone his bright electro-house sound, which was increasingly resembling Ed Banger Records artists such as Justice. With more of a minimal, experimental feel than his full-lengths, the Odyssey EP was released in 2013. The following year's Sonne EP continued in this direction, and featured West's acoustic guitar playing and drumming. Erased Tapes compiled the two vinyl EPs onto a CD release in 2015, as West toured with Clark and Nosaj Thing and worked on his third full-length. Titled Howl, the album surfaced in October of 2015, and found West constructing inventive tracks from just a few layers of his own instrument playing. Following the breakup of a 13-year relationship, West released the mini-album Night Melody in August of 2016.
Based out of Oakland, CA, Sarah Bly produces and performs hardware-based experimental electronic music under her ancestral Norwegian name BLEIE. Her style ranges from mercurial ambient noisescapes to a more cerebral, singular techno. Originally from Seattle, WA, she has remained embedded in the Pacific Northwest underground scene and plays as far north as Vancouver, B.C. She is affiliated with local labels 3AM Devices and Unheard Records, with an upcoming EP from Swedish label Sound + Matter B-O-D-I-E-S due out this summer.
Chelley Sherman is a new media artist and virtual designer based out of San Fransisco. Her visual work creates narratives using elements of organic movement, texture and principles of light to build landscapes otherworldly. She is a mentor and educator at Gray Area, VR creator and developer, as well as a supporting visualist for SF techno artists.