UNSEEN series | Relabi Pulses

Gray Area’s UNSEEN Series presents site-specific, collaborative performances by Bay Area artists and explores current practices in immersive media, including expanded cinema, video and sound art, experimental music and technology. The UNSEEN series is curated by Oakland artist Matt Fisher, and presented in 8 channel surround sound with audio engineering and equipment by Recombinant Media Labs.

Tickets: $8 Presale / $13 Day of Show / $15 Door. Cash bar available to those 21 years and older.

8:00 Doors
9:00 Show

In October we’re happy to have Andy Puls back in the program, this time collaborating with Scy1e, the new project by Horaflora’s (and Life Changing Ministry’s) Raub Roy.

Also on the program are multichanel performances by sound artist and musician Danishta Rivero, performing on her Hydrophonium a water-based electro-acoustic percussion instrument, and by Madalyn Merkey, whose work combines acoustic research and live computer music.


Andy Puls

Andy Puls is a video artist, analog electronics designer, and composer/musician. He runs the experimental media production studio, "Whistlehut" in Richmond, CA, where he produces his own and others' audio and visual recordings, and designs electronic audio and video devices.​​ His video work centers around live, intuitive, "no source" visualizations. Using video hardware processing, camera feedback loops, and video synthesis, he uncovers the inner-world landscapes existing behind the scan-lines. His focus on live connection to the viewers, and his direct interaction with sound -- working both solo, and in collaboration with other live sound artists -- makes each performance entirely unique to circumstance.


Scy1e (‘Sighwonee”) is a new direction for Bay Area electro-acoustic musician Raub Roy, who has been performing since 2005 as Horaflora. His Scy1e project explores the concept coined by John Berndt of relabi, semi- or fully stochastic rhythmic cycles that tend to have an affect of “self erasing pulses”. Field recordings mingle with limping, stately, rhythms, together forming a rich community of sounds. With partner Dianne Lynn, he founded experimental music label Weird Ear Records with the slogan, “The Weird Ear, The Better.”

Danishta Rivero

the Hydrophonium, a water-based electro-acoustic percussion instrument she created.  She has recently been active touring with her duo Voicehandler, with percussionist Jacob Felix Heule, performing their song cycle. Blood Wedding, her just intonation noise duo with Chuck Johnson, will release its first album, A Survey of Locked Modes, this year. She co-founded Optiphonal Wonder Machine, a multimedia collaboration with Jennifer Rannells.

Madalyn Merkey

  Madalyn Merkey creates sound events with simple sonic material—voice, sine waves, and pulses—to generate lush synthetic environments with the aid of acoustic readings from microphones and sensors. She has performed solo computer music compositions at Yale Union, Issue Project Room, and Block Cinema, and designed sound installations for Robert Irwin’s Central Garden at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Merkey is the English translator of the Italian music text Due scuole di musica elettronica in Italia (Die Schachtel, forthcoming), written by composer Enore Zaffiri and published in Milan originally by Silva Editore in 1968. Recordings of her work Scent (2012) and Valley Girl (2014) are available on New Images Ltd.