Drummer and Toledo expat Dominick Gray brings video performance project to Spacebar for Columbus premiere

Telesonic 9000 is an audio-visual project from Dominick Gray, a drummer from Toledo who's now based in Berlin, Germany. To create Telesonic 9000, Gray combines percussion and electronic music with video projection footage compiled from more than 300 mid-century archival films.

According to Gray, the music and videos “explore the ideas of progress, futurism and the human experience” in a modern-day update, of sorts, to silent cinema. In one segment, “Golden Planet,” Gray projects oscillating satellites, scientists in white lab coats, footage of astronauts and a rocket launch while appropriately bleepy-bloopy sounds accompany the drummer's driving beats. Once the rocket hits outer space, though, the music slows and a nylon-stringed guitar soundtracks the floating objects before the drums again kick in for a crescendo. Even on a computer screen in a cubicle, the mashup of video and music feels alternately bracing and hypnotic — the type of captivating performance art that could fit in well at the Wex as easily as it could in a bar.

Gray has performed at venues across Europe, Asia and the United States, and his presentation of Telesonic 9000 at Spacebar on Thursday, Jan. 17, will be the project's Columbus premiere. The similarly forward-thinking Jacoti Sommes will support, along with Will Strickler's jazzy WS Collective. (Safe bet)