Second Woman, Patricia, Layne and Machinedrum at Gray Area Festival
On Saturday night of the 2018 Gray Area Festival, Second Woman + Pfadfinderei, Patricia, Layne, and Machinedrum perform a journey through diverse moods.
Local artist Layne will open the night with sparse rhythms that create a tense, uncanny atmosphere. Then, Patricia will grace us with crystalline ambient, old-school electro, sub-aquatic house, slo-mo dub techno, and everything in between. Both Patricia & Layne's set will be accompanied with visuals from Subset. Machinedrum will follow with his signature euphoric compositions and forceful beats. Closing the night is Second Woman with Pfadfinderei on visuals. Second Woman is a new collaborative project featuring Turk Dietrich of Belong and Joshua Eustis of the renowned Telefon Tel Aviv which can only be described as beat-driven music that plays with time in mind-bending ways.
Doors at 9:30pm. This event is 21+
Second Woman is a new collaborative project featuring Turk Dietrich of Belong and Joshua Eustis of the renowned Telefon Tel Aviv. As one would imagine, Second Woman is a nonpareil debut of futuristic electronic music fusing the coveted genetics of the duos respective previous endeavors into an alluring new enigma of ASMR-inducing kaleidoscopic dub. Second Woman is a fully realized entity; a well-crafted sound world and a refreshing shared effort which is inspiring in its purity and painstaking in its design.
North Carolina-born artist Travis Stewart, known as Machinedrum, occupies a perhaps unique place in US electronic music. A pioneer and a populariser, a restless and relentless seeker, Stewart brings together coasts and continents in projects which are both conceptual and heartfelt, clever and banging. He has produced and composed over a dozen albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. Covering an astonishing variety of styles with ease, through solo Machinedrum work and with collaborative projects Sepalcure, JETS, Dream Continuum, or other mutations, Stewart has established himself as electronic music's true Renaissance man. His debut as Machinedrum, Now You Know, was released in 2001 on pioneering Miami-based Merck Records and gained worldwide attention and praise from musicians, fans and critics. Having a strong background in both acoustic and electronic instrumentation, he was quickly able to navigate those various elements on his early releases, from field recording and vintage synth-laden Urban Biology to his seminal production and mixing of This Charming Mixtape with MC Theophilus London and his critically acclaimed 2009 album Want To 1 2?
Max Ravitz is an accomplished designer of sounds and a composer of murky, melodic electronic music designed to elicit movement in the body. For the past several years, Ravitz has been a fixture in New York’s punk-ish world of do-it-yourself house and techno, releasing a steady stream of records (under his own name or in duos Inhalants, Masks, or Pulpo, but most frequently under his own legerdemain-styled solo moniker, Patricia) on labels like Opal Tapes and L.I.E.S. A lifelong musician, Ravitz grew up on the fundamentals (piano, guitar, clarinet) but developed a heartfelt love of electronic music when he was gifted a set of turntables at a young age. These days he can be found tooling and retooling his modular synthesizers, a process that allows him to hone closely in on his own idiosyncratic sound design.
Layne is the experimental electronic project of San Francisco artist Rachel Aiello. Layne blends modular synthesis, field recordings, auditory textures, and sparse rhythms creating a tense uncanny atmosphere. She is a recent addition to the esteemed Downwards label and will be featured on The Immortal Eye with DVA DAMAS, Autumns, Grebenstein, due out this October.
Pfadfinderei [fɑ:d’fɪndɜ:raɪ] is a Berlin-based design and motion graphics studio specializing in creative services for stage entertainment, large-format media installations, tradeshows and events. Going beyond screen work, they apply innovative ideas to fusing light, video and spatial design. Pfadfinderei also sport a hot roster of patented fonts and design publications. Founded in 1998 in Berlin, Pfadfinderei started as a design studio focused on print, fonts and logos designs. The name translates as ‘pathfinders’ or ‘boy scouts’ in German and refers to the studio’s initial work with vector graphics. To this day, vectors and a reductionist approach to creativity are their hallmark and signature style. Pfadfinderei aim to produce timeless original design ideas and apply their creative hearts and minds to any and all of their work. Always. In 2000 the studio added motion content and installations to its repertoire and soon found itself at the heart of the vibrant Berlin electronic music and nightlife scene. Through countless collaborations with leading Berlin clubs and talent, the Pfadfinderei crew became an integral part of the mix. From sharing stages worldwide with the top tier of electronic musicians to crafting bespoke spatial concepts for an eclectic variety of clients, Pfadfinderei are innovators of interactive media scenography and a Berlin success story.
Active on the underground party circuit since the late 2000s, Subset has also performed at established art venues like YBCA and Counterpulse. He is currently the resident visual artist of Surface Tension, the preeminent San Francisco event series showcasing the interface between experimental and dance music. In his visuals, Subset uses a constrained palette, featuring brooding, loop-based compositions that leap between primitive geometry, digital detritus, and reactive sound processes, seeking to break down the barrier between image and sound. Always focused on environments over imagery, Subset has performed live visuals for Atom™, Silent Servant, Rrose, Powell, Marcel Dettmann, Perc, and many more.