Gray Area, Recombinant Media Labs, and STRRR TV present
Drew McDowall – A Thread, Silvered and Trembling
with Chelley Sherman, CYRNAI, GAZAEBAL, & Nihar

Join us for a mesmerizing performance of A Thread, Silvered and Trembling, the latest sonic exploration by Scottish experimental/electronic musician Drew McDowall.

Drew McDowall - A Thread, Silvered and Trembling
Drew McDowall with visuals by Chelley Sherman
CYRNAI with visuals by Subset

Friday, June 14, 2024

Doors: 8PM
Show: 8:30PM – 11:30PM


Standing performance

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Scottish Electronics musician Drew McDowall was a key member of the legendary COIL group from the UK in the latter half of the 1990s whose seminal ritual drone masterwork Time Machines Drew was instrumental in conceiving. This major milestone piece helped kickstart the evolution of Coil from avant pop into a darker, more disturbing atmospheric beauty referencing an occult touchstone to their modular sound cluster excursions into the vibrational depths of the human psyche.

McDowall now returns to the Bay with an adventurous live project based on A Thread, Silvered and Trembling, his latest June release on Dais co-produced with engineer Randall Dunn in New York. The new record transforms Drew’s mood driven vision of a displaced neo-industrialized music as enigma and invocation into a summoning of shrouded strings, shaken shudders, and disembodied voicings. These elements elevate audio alchemical states into surreal conjurations of electro acoustic texture and preeminence not confined by any singular musical genre. Something different this way comes.

Preorder the album "A Thread, Silvered and Trembling" and listen to selected tracks here.


Drew McDowall

Scottish born, Brooklyn based electronic artist Drew McDowall was born and raised in Paisley, an area just outside of Glasgow, and came of age during a time when the city was one of the most dangerous places in the world. Caught up in the prevalent gang culture of Scotland’s destroyed industrial cityscape, McDowall found a way out of the daily violence as punk took hold of the UK’s disenchanted youth. In 1978, he formed the lo-fi post-punk band, The Poems, with then wife, Rose McDowall, who would later rise to mainstream acclaim as one half of Strawberry Switchblade. Then, after interweaving with the ranks of UK avant-gardists Genesis P-Orridge and Peter “Sleazy” Christopherson from Throbbing Gristle, plus David Tibet of Current 93, he eventually collaborated with Psychic TV and later in the more recent Brooklyn years with Hiro Kone, Caterina Barbieri and Kali Malone along with countless others.

Chelley Sherman

Chelley Sherman is a creative technologist and liminal researcher who explores non-ordinary states of consciousness and perceptual illusions through immersive installations, data-driven biosimulations, and digital recreations of complex, dynamical and self organizing systems as her contemplating practice. . Her computational models give rise to emergent lifelike patterns and behaviors, forming the foundation of immersive experiences that serve as meditative psychocosmograms. These works engage viewers in an intricate dimensional expression of the vastness and fluid nature of reality through noetic perception and symbolic representation. Sherman leverages concepts like annealing, optics, fluid dynamics and agent driven behaviors to evoke the intricate, ineffable expressions of multi- layered consciousness in both the physical and metaphysical realms.

Her acclaimed VR installations have been featured at events such as the United Nations Women's Global Film Festival, SXSW, Nuit Blache and Mutek. Notably, Chelley's contributions to the development of real-time systems at Sphere Las Vegas and for Emmy Award-nominated immersive films have been highlighted in Time Magazine as pioneering advancements in technology along with her collaborations with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


CYRNAI is an influential Asian American electronic and experimental music project  who has been active for over four decades. Her fascination with sound design began at age 9 when she started using her father's DIY drum machine & other instruments. She gained inspiration from industrial pathfinder acts like Cabaret Voltaire and anarcho-punk groups such as Crass. Under the moniker CYRNAI she released her debut EP 'Charred Blossoms' in 1985, followed by the cassette 'Parts Of The Insomnic Wheel' (1986), and albums like 'Hypno-Seizure' (1989) and 'To Subtle-Drive' (1990). She played in San Francisco-based bands like Treason, A State Of Mind, Trial, and Rhythm and Noise between 1983 and 1991. Known for unusual recording techniques and unorthodox sounds, Cyrnai's music tends to  transcend  its avant garde influences . Her 1996 CD 'Transfiguration’ featured NY guitarist Elliot Sharp, while 2001's 'The Listener' included Tim Story. In 2018, she launched the 'Memoir Of Sound' website, an archive containing over 100 albums of her works, field recordings, and collaborations. Simultaneously, Dark Entries reissued her 1980-1990 output in a deluxe vinyl box set more recently.

She has participated in numerous festivals, including performances in Detroit, New York, Los Angeles in rosters alongside Morton Subotnick and Suzanne Ciani. Cyrnais music was also featured in the UK compilation "Third Noise Principle—Formative North American Electronica 1975-1984" Cyrnai continues exploring spatial audio & immersive AV, and will be featured in the RML CineChamber panoramic platform series in  2024 -25 along with her new album release.


GAZAEBAL is a sound artist based in Seoul. As one of the pioneers in the Korean electronic music scene, he has expanded his spectrum as a sound engineer, techno musician, DJ, K-POP producer, and media artist.

He began his career as a sound engineer in New York studios in the 1990s, working on recordings for artists like Wu-Tang Clan and Janet Jackson. He released his techno album "O.N.DA" in December 2000, followed by ANOTHER ONE in December 2002 and the digital single MULL released in the UK in 2004, which topped the UK techno chart in its first week.

In 2008, he formed the Tacit Group and transformed into a media artist. Tacit Group's works, combining technology and art, have garnered global attention and are still actively engaged. In 2014, GAZAEBAL initiated the WeSA Festival to foster the ecosystem of the rugged domestic sound/audiovisual genre as the artistic director.

Starting his solo project as a sound artist again in 2022, GAZAEBAL is expanding his work through various media and methods, including performances, exhibitions, music, and NFT. His audiovisual work UN/Readable Sound, which expresses dense sounds through dystopian game visuals, was selected as this year's new work by the Korea Arts and Culture Promotion Foundation.


Nihar (SF) is a Asian American experimentalist, musician and sound designer. Nihar’s live selector sets often mixes the sounds and rhythms of the 21st century global supply chain. Nihar has has released music on influential underground labels such as Squirrels on Film, Psychic Liberation, Jacktone Records and Ascetic House. He is also the co-label head of Left Hand Path, which has been featured in The Wire, Resident Advisor, Fact Magazine and elsewhere for its top track record of releases.

He has contributed DJ mixes to globally renowned series such as The Bunker NY and Honey Sound System.

Recent Releases: Machines (2023, Squirrels on Film), Rumble/Vermillion Garden (2020, Psychic Liberation), Chrysalis (2018, Jacktone)


Subset (Andreas Brændhaugen and Sarah Nahm) have been creating visuals to live music since the late 2000s. A staple of San Francisco’s underground party circuit, Subset has accompanied the sounds of Luke Slater, Surgeon, Orphx, Kyoka, Silent Servant, Rrose, Marcel Dettmann, Perc, Hiro Kone, and many more. Subset’s visuals leap from constrained to anarchic, with brooding compositions made from primitive geometric forms, digital detritus, found footage, and sound reactive structures.


Recombinant Media Labs

The Recombinant Media Labs organization was founded to research the qualities and artistic potential of Spatial Cinema. It does so by means of Experiential Engineering; exploring processes that propagate the aesthetic and technological boundaries of panoramic AV exhibition. RML acts as producer and presenter of hybrid artworks and performance archiving based on spatial media synthesis; intermodal works using image, light, sound and other disseminated media in three-dimensional space. The CineChamber is RML's curated, nomadic platform under the artistic trajectory of founder & Director Naut Humon plus a superhuman crew.


STRRR TV is the future of horizon-expanding television. Where superstars and brilliant newcomers hailing from the world of music, art, design, film, and fashion present their favorite clips and films through the nearly unlimited archives of the Internet. Each meticulously crafted episode presents a self-portrait of the selector, which allows us new insight into their life and work.

Arts Council Korea

ARKO aims to enrich the lives of the population by increasing accessibility to arts and cultural activities, making the arts a meaningful part of everyday life in Korea. ARKO endeavors to provide a strong platform to support artistic work in diverse disciplines, including performing and visual arts, by increasing funding opportunities for artists and arts organizations, undertaking outreach initiatives, enabling Korean artists to reach the world stage, and encouraging cultural exchange.

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