mediate
soundwave
soniclabs
open call

MEDIATE introduces Soundwave season 6 theme of WATER with special SonicLAB events that explore developing ideas about the ecologies, stories and properties of our most important natural resource for the upcoming 2014 biennial.


bus
missioncreek
jeffjorge

07/06
AudioBus Mission Creek

Featuring sonic artists Jeff Ray and Jorge Bachmann with narrations by Adobe Books' Andrew McKinley and special guests.

Bus Station: Adobe Books, 3130 24th Street, San Francisco MAP IT
Doors & Box Office Open: 7:00p
Sunset Tour: 8:00p Check-in, Boarding 8:15p, Departs 8:30p
Night Tour:9:00p Check-in, Boarding 9:15, Departs 9:30p

tickets

IMPORTANT REMINDER: PASSENGERS SHOULD ARRIVE 30 MINUTES BEFORE SCHEDULED DEPARTURE TO CHECK-IN. AT10 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE, TICKETS ARE RELEASED TO STANDBY WAITLIST. NO REFUNDS AVAILABLE FOR LATECOMERS. PRIORITY SEATING IS GIVEN TO FIRST PASSENGERS TO CHECK-IN.BUS IS OPEN-TOP AND SAN FRANCISCO WEATHER IS UNPREDICTABLE. BRING WARM COATS & BLANKETS. STATION VENUE & BOX OFFICE OPENS 7PM DAY OF SHOW.




 

The AudioBus is a moving venue, giving audiences an adventurous sonic experience like never before. The sound artists and musicians curated for the AudioBus compose their San Francisco route and perform live scores to the scenery moving past them. For AudioBus: Mission Creek, sonic artists Jeff Ray and Jorge Bachmann bring you back into the past and guide you forward into the future following the once prevalent Mission Creek underneath San Francisco. Narrated by Adobe Books' Andrew McKinley and special guests. This unique collaboration explores profound themes of the past, from nostalgia to displacement, and the future ideas of technology and possibility. Double-decker bus, courtesy of CitySightseeing San Francisco, is a vintage UK-imported open-top biodiesel bus with installed Sennheiser headphones for audiences.

BIOGRAPHIES
Jeff Ray is an artist, musician, filmmaker, short story writer, adjunct professor, curator, festival founder, and arts and food rights activist. Recently, he was a visiting professor at San Francisco State University, Fine Arts Department, Conceptual Information Arts. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival and introduced one of the first Bay Area multimedia performance series, Collision in 2004. Jeff won numerous awards including a Murphy Cadagon award from the SF Foundation, and was an Artist in Residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts. He has showcased his work at SFMOMA, Kulturhuset (Sweden), and Eleanor Harwood Gallery (San Francisco), amongst others. He has been on the Board of Directors, Advisory Board and Programming Committee at The Lab and is currently serves on the Board of Directors of MEDIATE. Jeff received his MFA in New Media Arts from San Francisco State University. He is the lead curator and resident artist of Soundwave Festival 2014. Website

Jorge Bachmann aka ruidobello, is a photo-based, multimedia and sound artist. He has collected field recordings exploring the strange, unique, and microcosmic sounds of everyday life. He creates sound atmospheres meant for deep listening and often composed in symbiosis with sculptural installations exploring social and sensual constructs and experiences. As ruidobello, Bachmann has exhibited and performed in North America, Europe, Japan, and South America – including appearances at the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival and projects with the MoBu Dance Group. He has also been the Technical Director and Resident Artist of MEDIATE's Soundwave Festival since 2005. Website

Co-presented by
adobe

Sponsored by
css     lagunitas      rainbow



coral
sylviaearle
bay lights
mantles
willits
eug

07/18
Deep Sea NightLife
Featuring music by The Mantles and Christopher Willits with DJ set by Eug and presentations by renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle, The Bay Lights visionary Ben Davis, and more.

California Academy of Sciences, 55 Music Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park
6:00p-10:00p
21+

tickets

Soundwave SonicLAB guides you into the deep in a very special NightLife event that explores the ways in which humans interact with our most important natural resource. Featuring venerable The Mantles rocking out with the speediest fish, Christopher Willits conducting symphonic ambisonic soundscapes in the coral reefs and Eug (FACE/Public Release) on the decks. With special presentations by renowned oceanographer and TED prize winner Sylvia Earle and visionary behind The Bay Lights Ben Davis plus waves of interactive demostrations from the Marine Applied Research and Exploration (MARE) showcasing a remote-operated underwater vehicle (ROV) used for exploration, “flying” mini-ROVs from the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE), 5 Gyres Institute mini-rafts from repurposed materials, Ocean Conservancy talks and many more. Featuring Cal Academy's special exhibition "Built For Speed" on the ocean's speediest inhabitants from sharks to sailboats.

BIOGRAPHIES
The Mantles are a San Francisco/Oakland band who have been charting a unique path through the Bay Area’s storied garage/pop scene since 2007.  The early shows were loose & loud Velvets/Nuggets-bashing, always with weirdly catchy songs & oddball chord changes.  Now on Long Enough To Leave, The Mantles still color outside the lines but dial a cleaner, more infectious sound.  By foregoing the theater of retro psychedelia, The Mantles end up innovating in an area of guitar music where many bands get lost fawning over fashions, styles and trends. Long Enough To Leave instead stakes their claim as writers and players of distinction, building a sturdy catalog of excellent songs and increasingly accomplished records. Website

Christopher Willits creates patterns of vibrations with sound and light. He occupies a unique corner of the electronic-art-music universe—hovering above the intersection of electronic production’s nuts and bolts, new media art, and a wide-open creative mind. “i am a conduit of the process, a kind of gardener,” he says. “I simply imagine, intuit, respond and do the work laid before me.” Willits’ tireless responding and doing and working has produced 20 albums in 10 years—solo and in collaboration with artists including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Matmos, Zach Hill, and Taylor Deupree—and an organic, multi-faceted sound that expands like the vines of an electro-acoustic kudzu plant. Christopher Willits is a teacher, a label owner (the experimental hub Overlap.org), a meditator, a tech geek, a visual/new media artist, and virtuosic musician in one. In other words, there’s no one out there quite like him. Website

Sylvia Earle is a National Geographic Explorer in Residence, Founder of SEAlliance, Mission Blue, and Deep Ocean Exploration and Research, Inc., and Chairs Advisory Councils for the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies; the Ocean in Google Earth; the Marine Science and Technology Foundation and the Schmidt Research Vessel Institute. She has a B.S. degree from Florida State University, M.S. and PhD. from Duke University, 19 honorary degrees, has lectured in more than 80 countries, appeared in hundreds of radio and television productions and has authored more than 175 scientific, technical and popular publications
including Exploring the Deep Frontier, Sea Change, Wild Ocean, Dive, The National Geographic Atlas of the Ocean and The World is Blue. Website

Ben Davis is the visionary and catalyst behind The Bay Lights, the world's largest light sculpture by artist Leo Villareal currently on display on the Bay Bridge. Ben is the owner, cretaive director and founder of Words Pictures Ideas. Ben has 25 years direct experience working on major civic projects for some of the Bay Area’s largest public and private investment projects.  He has also taken on public safety and preparedness issues, working with the Bay Area Red Cross and the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. In 2008, he launched WPI’s purpose driven design offshoot firm, I Shot Him Because I Loved Him, Damn Him with the mission of Changing Hearts, Minds and Habits. Father, home-owner, small business operator, employer, driver, bicyclist, pedestrian, public transit rider, shopper and active participant of San Francisco’s arts culture and nightlife, Ben brings a wide-ranging and real world perspective to the unique set of behavior-change and communication challenges facing WPI’s clients. Ben is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a B.S. in political science. Website

Eug is a Dj, Label Director and Designer that has been heavily involved within both the design and music worlds for well over a decade now. Having started out Dj'ing in the early 90's, he eventually collected his musical efforts under the "Public Release" label / project umbrella in 1999. Through Public Release, he has released over a dozen mix CDs which have sold at key shops such as Colette, I Heart, the Reed Space and aNYthing. This limited CD series featured the exclusive artwork of renowned artists such as Evan Hecox and Parra, and has led to coverage from magazines such as L'Officiel Homme, Arkitip, Nylon, and others. Eug also produces the infamous FACE parties with partners Bootsy, J.Montag and Rishi. They also program FACE for the Brooklyn station Viva-Radio. Website

Co-presented by
tbi    nightlife

 



bus
ocean
danny

07/27
AudioBus Pacific Ocean
Featuring musician Danny Paul Grody

Bus Station: 3 Fish Studios, 4541 Irving Street, San Francisco
Doors & Box Office Open: 5pm
Day Tour: 5:30p Check-in, Boarding 5:45p, Departs 6:00p
Sunset Tour: 6:30p Check-in, Boarding 6:45p, Departs 7:00p
Twilight Tour: 7:30p Check-in, Boarding 7:45p, Departs 8:00p

tickets

IMPORTANT REMINDER: PASSENGERS SHOULD ARRIVE 30 MINUTES BEFORE SCHEDULED DEPARTURE TO CHECK-IN. AT10 MINUTES BEFORE DEPARTURE, TICKETS ARE RELEASED TO STANDBY WAITLIST. NO REFUNDS AVAILABLE FOR LATECOMERS. PRIORITY SEATING IS GIVEN TO FIRST PASSENGERS TO CHECK-IN. STATION VENUE OPENS 5PM DAY OF SHOW.




 

The AudioBus is a moving venue, giving audiences an adventurous sonic experience like never before. The sound artists and musicians curated for the AudioBus compose their San Francisco route and perform live scores to the scenery moving past them. For AudioBus: Pacific Ocean, musician Danny Paul Grody performs live as you ride along the Great Highway among the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. His avant-garde guitar takes viewers into another world mixing the ambient melodic haze with the natural beauty of the endless foggy horizons and powerful seas that honors the life and essence of Earth's largest oceanic forces.  

BIOGRAPHY
Danny Paul Grody is a solo musician and founding member of San Francisco based bands TarentelThe Drift, and Moholy-Nagy. He is a self-taught guitarist, and the melodies at the core of Danny’s songwriting bring to mind his love of West African kora, Takoma style fingerpicking and all things minimal, repetitive & hypnotic. His first solo album Fountain was released in 2010 on Root Strata followed up by In Search Of Light on Students Of Decay in 2011. Danny also composes music for documentary films including the award-winning soundtrack to October Country that garnered several honors, juried prizes, and awards including “Best Musical Score” at the renowned Cinema Eye Honors in NYC. Summer of 2013 will see the release of his third solo album, Between Two Worlds on Three Lobed Recordings. Website

Co-presented by
3 fish

Sponsored by
teacherbus     lagunitas      birite

 


battery
battery
danishta
kyrs
watkins

08/04
Water @ Battery Townsley
Featuring sonic artists Danishta Rivero, Krys Bobrowski with Adria Otte and Darren Gibbs and Zachary James Watkins with Andy Strain

Battery Townsley, Fort Cronkhite, Marin Headlands
5:30p Arrive at Rodeo Beach*
6:00p Sharp
*There is a 20-30 minute uphill hike to performance site

tickets

IMPORTANT REMINDER: AUDIENCE MEMBERS MUST ARRIVE AT THE RODEO BEACH PARKING LOT ENTRANCE 30 MINUTES BEFORE SCHEDULED PERFORMANCE TIME AS THERE IS A 20-30 MINUTE UPHILL HIKE TO LOCATION. TICKETS ARE RELEASED TO STANDBY WAITLIST 5 MINUTES BEFORE CONCERT TIME. PERFORMANCE AREAS CAN BE COLD, WINDY AND FOGGY REGARDLESS OF THE WEATHER OUTSIDE. BRING WARM COATS & BLANKETS & PROPER SHOE ATTIRE. WILL-CALL OPENS 5PM DAY OF SHOW.




 

Up in the hills of the Marin Headlands, atop the vast oceans lies a structure steeped with history, Battery Townsley at Fort Cronkhite. Artists explore concepts of water using the extreme resonant spaces to amplify sounds. Artist Danishta Rivero uses her invented instrument the Hydrophonium to create sonic atmospheric improvisations. Sound artist Krys Bobrowski with Adria Otte (violin) and Darren Gibbs (Gilss Glass) conducts a symphonic experience with her Gliss Glass, a water instrument of her own design that is drained and filled while played. Artist Zachary James Watkins composes a duo performance with Trombonist Andy Strain that will reverberate through the tunnels and halls of the fortification.

BIOGRAPHIES
Danishta Rivero is a musician and sound artist who resides in San Francisco. She performs solo improvisations on the Hydrophonium, a water-based electro-acoustic percussion instrument.

Danishta also performs with Jacob Felix Heule as Voicehandler. She does vocals and digital processing in Blood Wedding, a just intonation noise duo with Chuck Johnson on steel guitar and modular synth.
She co-founded Optiphonal Wonder Machine, a multimedia collaboration with Jennifer Rannells and Stefan Smith. Website

Krystyna Bobrowski is a composer, musician and sound artist. She designs and builds her own instruments using natural materials and everyday objects, often modifying an object’s sound through physical manipulation and/or the use of electronics. The sounds of rocks and rocking chairs, seaweed and wine glasses, twigs and motors, leaves and water-filled tubes, have all found their way into her pieces. Krys received her M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College and her B.A. in Computers and Music from Dartmouth College. Recently, she was an Artist in Residence at the Exploratorium with the P.I.E. (Playful Inventive Exploration) group. She lives in Oakland and teaches at the College of San Mateo (CSM) where she instituted the CSM Electronic Music Program.

Zachary James Watkins is a California based sound artist who has earned degrees in composition from The Cornish School and Mills College. Zachary has received commissions from Cornish, The Microscores Project, The Beam Foundation, Somnubutone, the sfSoundGroup and the Seattle Chamber Players. Zachary received a Subito Grant for the composition: Movable, written for piano in just intonation and a newly invented piano extension called the “Piano Monster” built in collaboration with NYC artist Ranjit Bhatnagar premiering at the Wayward Music Series in Seattle, WA.  His work entitled Designed Obsolescence, "spoke as a metaphor for the breakdown of the dream of technology and the myth of our society’s permanence," review by ARTLIES.  Zachary has had artist in residence at both the Espy Foundation and Djerassi. Website

Andy Strain received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance at the University of Nebraska in 2001. He then spent 5 years in southwest Germany earning a German Masters degree in trombone literature and performance. During that period, he performed in various orchestras and ensembles around Germany, Mexico, and Switzerland. Andy moved to the Bay Area in 2006 to study free improvisation at Mills College. After earning his MA there, Andy spent two years on the road performing with harpist Joanna Newsom. He has been a featured soloist with various orchestras, including Lincoln's Symphony Orchestra, for which he wrote and performed a program for families and young people. Currently, Andy teaches brass class to 4th and 5th graders, directs two after-school middle school brass bands, and performs regularly in libraries and schools for young audiences. His mash-up band, the "East Bay Brass Band," can be heard regularly at Cafe Van Kleef in Oakland. In 2013, Andy will tour with the musical "Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage" in Australia, Boston, and England. Website

Co-presented by
nps

 

 


impressions

09/08
Impressions on Water

Featuring music by Kriika and Christen Lien

Legion of Honor, 100 34th Avenue, San Francisco
1:00p-3:00p

free event

The final Soundwave SonicLAB event, in anticipation for the grand 2014 festival, invites the most exciting musicians to compose impressionistic performances that explore how WATER affects our lives. Evocative violist Christen Lien uses looping electronics and guitar effects to create a gorgeously haunting performances. Classically trained guitar and violin duo Kriika create a beautiful world-influenced sound experience. Set in the Legion’s stunning Court of Honor overlooking the seas at Land’s End. In conjunction with the ‘Impressionists on the Water’ exhibition at the Legion of Honor.

BIOGRAPHIES
Kriika is Justin Houchin and Matthias McIntire, classically-trained musicians who began collaborating, composing and recording together at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. They have performed as a duo across the Bay Area, including a long-running engagement at the famous San Francisco jazz club, Yoshi’s. Matthias McIntire is a violinist, improviser and composer Originally from Canada, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and China with many world-renowned soloists and orchestras such as Magik*Magik Orchestra on the soundtrack for the 2012 movie Looper. He had a brief stint as sitting concertmaster for the Bay Area Summer Opera Theatre Institute (BASOTI) orchestra and a violin instructor at the New Mozart School of Music holding a Masters of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Justin Houchin is a guitarist and composer fluent in Jazz, Popular, Folk, Spanish, South American and Improvisation. In 2013, he returned from an eight month tour of Europe absorbing the musical cultures of Spain, Portugal, Germany, and France. He has performed throughout the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Europe, and holds a degree in Guitar Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where he studied with Grammy-award-winning guitarist Sergio Assad.

Christen Lien is a classically trained violist who performs original compositions on viola that are a beautiful mixture of classical and postmodern, acoustic and electronic influences. Lien incorporates layers of live electronics effects with her viola through the use of guitar effect processors and looping pedals, creating hybrid music and haunting, evocative performance art. Lien’s music has been used in the feature films Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth and Occupy Love, Midway: A Message From the Gyre, numerous short-form media, commercials, live theater, and dance performances. Her music has also been used to support environmental, political, artistic and scientific campaigns with organizations such as The Burning Man Project, 350.org, The Plastic Pollution Coalition, The Overview Institute and GOOD Magazine, and is a featured artist in the unreleased documentary Undiscovered LA. Lien's work forays into new musical territory with compositions that bridge electronic, industrial and classical genres, and redefines how the world understands and experiences the viola as an instrument. Website

Co-presented by
famsf

 


 

SonicLAB is funded in part by the Zellerbach Family Foundation and the Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation.

zeller      gerbode