Carrie Gates and Jon Vaughn create audiovisual “song-based” live performances and exhibitions, expressing a rich spectrum of vivid non-linear narratives.
Gates constructs visual projections that interact with the audio through methods such as sound-responsive animation and no-input analog signal processing within customized VJ software and hardware setups. Vaughn creates dynamic soundscapes that blend the sharp digital expressions with mangled sounds from tapes and instruments to harness the potential of Gates’ sound-reactive video processing. Carrie Gates and Jon Vaughn have been collaborating for more than ten years, performing together in a many experimental audiovisual projects. Over this time, they have developed an innate sense of each other’s improvisational flow. The combined effect is a synergy of light and sound storytelling through technological abstraction, giving a sense of intimacy, immediacy, and excitement.
Performance and exhibition highlights include the Glitch Symposium with jonCates (Neutral Ground, 2013), MEME Festival (Winnipeg, 2013), Sight & Sound Festival (Montréal, 2012), Vancouver New Music Festival (Vancouver, 2011), RE:FLUX Festival (Moncton, 2011), send + receive (Winnipeg, 2010), and the Neutral Ground New Music Series (Regina, 2007). Carrie Gates and Jon Vaughn’s video collaborations have been screened at The Wrong – New Digital Art Biennale (Sao Paulo, Brazil / International, 2013), the GLI.TC/H Festival (2012), the FLIP Animation Festival (Wolverhampton, UK, 2012), and Hlysnan: Audio & Film Screenings (London, UK, 2011).