Studio Session Vol 081: The Automatic Message

Studio Session Vol 081:  The Automatic Message


Vancouver-based Trevor Jacobson and Tanya Goehring are The Automatic Message. Partners in work and in life, they have built a strong portfolio of abstract, dark and tension-building audiovisuals together. Since forming The Automatic Message in 2006, Trevor and Tanya have been producing avant-guard, off-kilter techno and supporting it with their own visual interpretations, which, in line with their music, creates a tremendous sense of unease and tension.

Their music ranges from gritty, glitchy experimental to hard, dark techno with slices of jazz-influenced percussion. They have worked closely with various labels, most notably From 0-1 (Seattle), Kalimari (Montreal), Monsieur Musique (Montreal), and UNOIKI (Berlin).

The Automatic Message’s intriguing videography and dark style of editing has caught the eye of some of the biggest names in the techno world. CLR label boss Chris Liebing brought them onboard to create, produce and direct four videos for the label’s release schedule with Black Asteroid’s “Engine 1”, Tommy Four Seven’s “G”, Drumcell’s “Disturbance” and Drumcell’s “Speak Silence”. The videos they created for Tommy Four Seven and Drumcell were selected for screening at the Antimatter Festival in Victoria, BC in 2011 and 2013, respectively. Disturbance was also nominated for a 2014 Berlin Music Video Award. The music videos they create – whether for their own music or for other artists – explore themes of isolation and impending emotional and global collapse amidst surreal, dream-like psychological landscapes. They investigate these themes through peculiar and disconcerting character portraits.

Blending these two art forms, The Automatic Message melds their auditory and visual works to create unique live performances. They juxtapose the different characters that appear in their videos to tell new narratives. Their live performances are often described as cinematic, emotional, dark and thought provoking. The Automatic Message debuted live at the 2008 New Forms Festival in Vancouver, BC, and has since performed across North America at various events and festivals in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and Montreal. They made their European debut at Berghain’s Klubnacht in July 2013. Their trip to Berlin was made possible by the Canada Council for the Arts Music Travel Grant Program.

In both 2011 and 2012, The Automatic Message received a Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Small Grants Project grant to curate an event showcasing local audiovisual acts and a short film festival called IN MEDIAS RES. In 2014, Trevor and Tanya launched RENDER: the 1st Annual Vancouver International Music Video Festival. The call for submissions opened on June 2nd and the festival will premiere at the Vancity Theatre on November 7th, 2014.

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01  The Automatic Message – Prehension – Body Politic Recordings
02  Dubit & Reggy Van Oers – Planeti – Several Reasons LTD
03  The Black Dog – Cathedral Sex – Dust Science
04  Drumcell – Departing Comfort (Orphx Remix) – CLR
05  Sendai – Inverse Array 1 – Stroboscopic Artifacts
06  Arad – Fourty Four – Electric Deluxe
07  Radial -Quarantine- Mord
08 Orbital Mechanics – Point 1.2 (Rusty Dub) – Panel Trax Records
09  Samuli Kemppi – Locked – M_REC Ltd.
10  Nibo – 78820140201261118446829285398143 (Rough Bit Mix) – Raster Norton
11  Exium – Dronid (Tripeo Digital Edit) – PoleGroup
12  Lucy – 201 Phasing (Dadub Remix) –  CLR
13  Marcel Fengler – Mayria (The Exaltics Remix) – Ostgut Ton
14  The Black Dog –  Broken Mind (Regis Remix) – Dust Science
15  Other Lives – Tamer Animals (Atoms for Peace Remix) – 50 Weapons

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