The Bunker A/V Summer Sessions Part 1 w/ Voices from the Lake | Donato Dozzy & Neel
Join us on July 21st at Monarch (6th + Mission) for another round of GAFFTAHours. This audiovisual showcase is the first rendition of a two part series of an ongoing collaboration with New York techno institution, the Bunker. The Bunker has curated the sound artists for both of the upcoming events and GAFFTA will be presenting some of our local code-based visual artists projecting their visions into the space. We’re sincerely looking forward to further exploring the capabilities of synchronous audiovisual performance with you. See you this Summer!
Voices from the Lake is an intensely personal project borne out of the long-standing friendship between two Italian DJ/producers, Donato Dozzy and Neel. The project extends and deepens their explorations of ambient techno, with an emphasis firmly placed on the ‘techno’ component. Listening to Voices from the Lake is an immersive experience, as the textured beats and carefully crafted rhythms have a deeply hypnotic effect. The open, fluid structure of the music gives it an organic, natural feel, transporting you to more peaceful surroundings. With the music of Voices from the Lake there is a completely natural progression and flow, nothing is forced or hurried. The sounds develop and unfold at their own pace, creating a powerful sense of tranquility. The genesis of the Voices from the Lake album can be found in the mountains of Japan, where they made their live debut at The Labyrinth festival in 2011. This album recreates and refines that performance.
Bryan Kasenic (aka Spinoza) is known in the electronic music world for founding The Bunker, playing adventurous DJ sets, launching an influential newsletter, and starting Beyond Booking, his own booking agency.
Although Spinoza has been playing tons of techno and house lately, he loves all music, and has a past that cannot be pinned down to just one genre. He started DJing in 1996, playing psychedelic soundscapes in chillout rooms and on college radio shows (Carnegie Mellon, Rutgers, and New York University). Slowly but surely, he became more obsessed with all forms of dance music, and at this point plays dance music in New York City at least twice a month, mainly at his own Bunker parties.
Spinoza is also known for his many other roles in the electronic music scene. As a free service to the community, he began publishing Beyond NYC Events, a weekly email newsletter, in 1997. The newsletter became an influential way to promote interesting under-the-radar electronic music events to a large fan base in New York. In 2001, Kasenic oversaw the booking of all of the promoters at Openair, a DJ lounge in the East Village that quickly gained recognition for its forward-thinking music programming. At Openair, one of the promoters he worked with was Magda, who brought in techno luminaries like Zip, Daniel Bell, and John Tejada to play at her first residency in New York City. From 2000 to 2005, Spinoza helped DJ Olive and Jameson run The Agriculture, a record label dedicated to bringing homegrown laptop dub to the masses.
Spinoza has thrown a ton of parties and weeklies in New York City, including a 5-year stint at Halcyon with the Undercity weekly. He has put most of his energy into The Bunker since January 2003, eventually turning it into the premier techno weekly in North America, which morphed into a bigger monthly party in 2009. In 2005, he started doing all the booking for the Wolf + Lamb Marcy Hotel in Williamsburg, helping to almost instantly transform it into the hottest after-hours spot New York City had seen in many years. Spinoza went on to curate and help throw many larger warehouse and loft parties with Wolf + Lamb. In 2008, he founded the House-n-Home loft party series with Anthony Parasole, which hosted many legendary loft parties over the course of a year.
Through the Beyond Booking Agency, Kasenic has helped build the electronic music scene nationally by booking his friends and allies in other North American cities. As he has become busier with other projects, he reduced the Beyond roster to just The Bunker residents (Derek Plaslaiko, Eric Cloutier, Mike Servito, and himself), but continues to assist guest artists coming through The Bunker to connect with the right people in other cities.
Bryan’s latest endeavor was producing three events for the inaugural Unsound Festival New York in February 2010. Unsound, Poland’s most adventurous music festival, brought a bold and uniquely modern program of music to Kraków for seven years before producing a New York edition. The three Bunker Unsound events were highly successful, presenting a cross section of some of the most interesting (and sadly most under represented) electronic music artists from Eastern Europe and the US.
While Spinoza has played lots of big clubs like Tresor, Twilo, Tunnel, and Vinyl/Arc, he honestly prefers small intimate rooms. He has DJed at big parties in New York for PS1 Warm Up, Resolute, Rhythmism, Madagascar Institute, Chengwin, Soundlab, Multipolyomni (at the Kitchen), Rubulad, Complacent, theDanger, the Lunatarium, and NYC Burningman Decompression. He’s also appeared in Berlin (Watergate), Krakow & Warsaw (Unsound Festival), Seattle (Decibel Festival), Boulder (Communikey Festival), Chicago (Sonotheque), Detroit (Oslo), Philadelphia (Rizumu), Boston, Pittsburgh, and Montreal.
Leisure Muffin, (Michael Hopkins), has been making electronic music since the early 90’s and his style cris crosses everything from ambient to electro, hip hop, minimal house, and dub. Textures, layers, and incredible beats follow suit with recordings and performances featuring a careful mix of analog synthesizers, laptop, and live instruments. Currently, Leisure Muffin lives in his grandmothers basement surrounded by creepy dolls. When not engaging in flame wars on the Ableton Live online forums, he somehow finds time to craft regressive epic meepyfloop tracks. Among his 12 friends, he is considered to be the greatest meepyfloop producer EVER. Be advised to keep your children and pets away from him.
(Konque / Igloo-Pop)
San Francisco-based sound artist and composer Cullen Miller synthesizes an abstract hybrid of aleatoric pop, and noisy tropical minimalism. Incorporating original field recordings, heavy use of digital signal processing, breezy vocals, strip club synths, and peculiar horn arrangements, Miller weaves together a musical tapestry that is threaded by clicky pop and techno. His compositional endeavors began by learning double bass and studying contemporary classical and jazz theory under the Netherlands based composer and bassist, Chad Langford. After his studies, Miller’s obsession with experimentation led him to an interest in designing performance tools with custom software. He is currently a resident at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts and is developing performances for their multichannel immersive audio environment. Miller performs periodically with his 7 piece electroacoustic ensemble, Santa and under his dub guise, Selande. He has releases on Konque (NYC), Igloo-Rec (AR), Two Circles (DET) and Cunei Media (SF).
Jono is a graphic designer born and raised in Berkeley, California. He received his B.A. in Design | Media Arts with a minor in Latin in June of 2008. He focuses on revealing and expounding dialogue through a multiplicity of media between the people around him. As a result he is very involved on both an organizational, theoretical level, and a production, execution level. This focus allows his interest in material to flourish. Whether through vector graphics or gritty moss he enjoys sifting through and exploring the semiotics of these materials.
Reza is a computational designer/creative technologist/multi-faceted hybrid engineer who is interested in everything from design to biology to entrepreneurship. He is interested in human computer interaction (interaction design), architecture/product design, software, mobile technology/hacking, generative visuals, algorithmic art, data visualization, audio-visual interactive immersive environments, new media tools for DJs/VJs/Performers, Trans-Architecture, photography, graphic design, user interfaces, electronics, 3D animation, modeling, rendering and scripting. Some of his goals are to create content and interactive controllers for multimedia performance systems, to create new and fun models of interaction, to create form/visuals/sounds though algorithmic processes, to create real-time computer graphics for virtual worlds, and to explore the realm of science and mathematics to make complex phenomena understandable and intuitive. He hopes to change the world by making a difference in how people use technology, design products and experience new media art and entertainment.
For some latter half of 2010 and early 2/3 of 2011 he lived in LA and worked for various companies, including Motion Theory under Mathew Cullen, Kaan Atilla, and Chris Riehl and at Nokia Research Center under Rebecca Allen (Founding Chair of Design Media Arts @ UCLA). All the while he freelanced for POSSIBLE (created an audio-visual VJ app for Deadmau5), and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (created an iPad app, iCubist, that augmented the museum’s Analytic Cubist Exhibit featuring works from Picasso and Braque). Reza gave presentations and talks at Nokia Design, Google Data Arts Center, NIME 2010, and NIME 2011. His work was featured in two books, Visual Complexity by Manuel Lima and Generative Art by Matt Pearson and numerous times online at www.creativeapplications.net. On his spare time he worked on a gallery installation, and various other personal new media art projects.
In 2010 Reza earned a Master of Science in Multimedia Engineering (with a focus in Visual and Spatial Arts) from the Media Arts and Technology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His advisors were George Legrady (Data Visualization Artist), Casey Reas (Co-Creator of Processing, MIT Media Lab), and Matthew Turk (MIT Media Lab). Before his move to Santa Barbara, California in 2008, he graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with two B.S. (One in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, and minors in Electronic Art and Product Design) studying under Curtis Bahn, Shawn Lawson and Kenneth Conner.
Stephanie Sherriff is an interdisciplinary sculptor, performer, and media artist currently residing in Oakland, California, and has been a visual performer with Gray Area Foundation for the Arts since 2010.
Her current experiments with software-driven, visual performance utilize an ever-morphing interface built in Max MSP/Jitter, able to distort and mix video. Each channel of video is programmed with an ability to control, loop, layer, and manipulate low-fi digital video footage. The unpredictable, pixilated distortion of light and motion resulting from the quality of low-fi video imagery make Stephanie’s work both interesting and unique. Her performances act as an opportunity to experiment with color, texture, and motion, while our brains do the work to make the looping imagery tell a story and move to the beat.