Visible Cloaks

Visible Cloaks

Motion Graphics, Massacooramaan, Women's Beat League DJs, VR Spa Installation by Portland Immersive Media Group

Tue Feb 28

9:00 pm

$7.00 - $8.00

This event is 21 and over

Luminary local experimental duo Visible Cloaks celebrate the release of new album Reassemblage on RVNG Intl!

Visible Cloaks
Visible Cloaks
Visible Cloaks’ Reassemblage is a collection of delicately rendered passages of silence and sound that invokes – and invites – consciousness. The foundation of the duo’s second album is gently poured upon the ground their musical predecessors explored, using the materials of chance operations, MIDI “translation,” and other generative principles that favor inclusive musical environments over the narrowly constrained.
In 2010, Spencer Doran, one part of Visible Cloaks alongside Ryan Carlile, prepared the first volume of Fairlights, Mallets, and Bamboo, a mixtape indicated by Doran as “an investigation into fourth-world undercurrents in Japanese ambient and pop music, years 1980 – 1986.” These mixes contextualized the outré orbit of Yellow Magic Orchestra-related solo projects and their abstract, radiant forays as forever futuristic modes of music.
Reassemblage evokes similar musical futures celebrated on the Fairlights mixes, but does so observantly rather than reverently. The title Reassemblage, for example, is taken from a film essay by Trin T Minha-ha, which explores the impossibility of ascribing meaning to ethnographic images. The author aims to “speak nearby” rather than “speak about.” In other words, to embrace lapses of understanding, and realize that the impulse to map direct meaning across a cultural gap often results in further disconnect.
In an effort to “speak nearby” rather than “speak about,” Visible Cloaks filters and forms source material to become young again. Often the duo strip tonal elements of their specificity or randomize melodies so they become stirring and lucid. Essential patterns emerge, conscious experience heightens. In these moments, the musical language of Reassemblage finds unlimited resonance and presents a path to uninhabited realities.
The origin of this language could be described as translingual or polyglottal, working within the eastern / western feedback loop of influence, Fourth World ambiguity, and the universality of human emotion. Incorporating an international array of virtual instruments to advance the idea of pan-globalism through digital simulation, tones and colors cohere into a living, breathing pool of sensorial experience in Visible Cloaks’ environs.
Beyond embracing the fluidity of worldly musical influences, Visible Cloaks works fluently between mediums. The contribution of stalwart digital and installation artist Brenna Murphy’s dream dimensions to Reassemblage’s cover artwork and surrounding videos extends the album’s exploration of global headspace into a visual, visceral reality.
In the tradition of Fairlights, Mallets, and Bamboo and Interiors, Doran compiles an hour of literal and figurative musical interpretations for the Translations mixtape. Divided into Day and Night sides, the former weaves Japanese music through deconstructed human voices and contributions from peers and contributors to Reassemblage. The Night side bends introspective with choral music from the Eastern Bloc, Italian spiritual minimalism, and early software-based generative music experiments.
Visible Cloaks Reassemblage will be released on February 17, 2017 on LP, CD, and digital formats. The Translations mix will be released on cassette, and only available in this limited format.
Motion Graphics
One half of the mysterious Ancestral Club Mix DJs and Vissacoor projects respectively, Dave Quam began exploring the weird end of dance music as he cut his teeth as a journalist. Born and raised Portland, he moved to Chicago in 2005 to study photography, film, and sound at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. During his time as a student, he started Djing and discussing music from all over the globe on his blog It's After the End of the World. He rose to international attention through his writing and photos of then underground juke and footwork artists of his adopted home, which were some of the first to thoroughly document the scene. Since then, his work has been published in magazines such as Spin, XLR8R, The Wire, and Red Bull Music Academy's online content. He recently relocated back to his hometown of Portland, and has been DJing all over the country, while spending lots of time in the studio making his own creations of experimental dance music.Nothing has changed when it comes to his productions and DJ sets. His focus seems to be pushing the boundaries. His forthcoming material is undeniably forward thinking and refined! Largely responsible for Lit City moniker, keep your ears peeled for new material on Lit City Trax in the future. Massacooramaan is easily one of the most original and creative DJs around. If you haven't cought him yet or you just need another dose, now is your time, he will take you to every corner of the world and back.
Women's Beat League DJs
Women's Beat League has been organizing events, workshops, classes, and parties in Portland, Oregon since 2015. The group is dedicated to providing resources and access for those interested in or currently pursuing skills in djing, music production, event coordination, and more. Founded by Felisha L, Alyssa B, and Daniela Karina – WBL operates as a multidisciplinary group aiming to bridge demographic gaps in the landscape of electronic music.
VR Spa Installation by Portland Immersive Media Group
Venue Information:
1001 SE Morrison St.
Portland, OR, 97214