SoundOptica (Capitol Hill Block Party 2018)
$12 General Admission
Free to a limited number of Capitol Hill Block Party passholders!
** Live score! **
This evening of live music and visual performances features Seattle musicians Hanssen, Secret School, and Trevor Ransom. Free for a limited number of Capitol Hill Block Party passholders, but open to all!
SoundOptica is a new Seattle based nonprofit art institution that seeks to bring together peoples curiosities in exploring new conceptual approaches to sound design and visual communications. While the advancement and innovation of computational art is the core focus of SoundOptica, its mission also seeks to deliver experiences which may include a manifold of artistic mediums, scientific realms, and technological steer. As a result, these experiences will help incubate a culture of learning and wonder that’s essential to catalyze new ways of storytelling and support a societal movement towards dynamic creativity.
SoundOptica, Capitol Hill Block Party Edition, is curated by Hush Hush Records Alex Ruder and former Decibel Festival Visual Art Director David Kwan.
Hush Hush Records / SoundOptica / NWFF / CHBP
present an audio-visual experience featuring…
Hanssen is the alias of human person Brit Hansen. She started making music in high school with another human person called Dave Pezzner in a beloved collaborative project known as Jacob London, together blazing a trail on funky underground dancefloors worldwide with a steady string of hotly-tipped 12” tech-house releases throughout the 2000s. Over the past five years, Brit has shifted focus to her evolving solo works, steering away from club-centric creations in favor of an unpredictable foray into cinematic leftfield soundscapes soaked in dreamy nostalgic synths, spacious off-kilter rhythms, and celestial visions. Following a string of EPs and remix contributions on labels such as Ghostly International, Om Records, Innerflight, Pleasure Boat, Viva Recordings, and KnightRiders, Hanssen unveiled her solo debut full-length album Seven Years Week in 2014, her first release on Hush Hush Records. Two years later, the more personal and intimate sophomore album Transit emerge
Visuals by Leo Mayberry
Trevor Ransom is one of the most recent local additions to the Hush Hush family, the Seattle native joining the label this past February with the release of his 6-track Spring EP. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Trevor’s first serious venture into music production began during his college years in Los Angeles, before more fully blossoming during an extended period of time split between the rural landscapes of England as well as his ancestral country of Sweden. These quiet and pastoral environments helped inspire Trevor’s passion for immersive, cinematic, and meditative music, as he fused his classical piano and guitar background with his budding electronic production skills. Following two instrumental-heavy EPs — 2015’s Glimpses and 2016’s Filaments — that were released while living abroad, Trevor’s return to the Seattle area helped inspire Spring, a stunning collection of warm and deceptively dynamic songs that find him adding sublime wordless vocals atop his gorgeous arrangements.
Visuals by Nick Bartoletti