Ebbing Sounds: Opening Night & Swiss Showcase

The opening of the Ebbing Sounds streaming music symposium includes a keynote from Eric Harvey & performances from Swiss acts S S S S and Bonaventure.

Event Details


Gray Area
2665 Mission Street, San Francisco, 94110 United States


May 25, 2018 7:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


$10 - $35

As music access today is domi­nated by stream­ing for­mats mediated by industry dis­tri­butors and algo­rithm cu­ration, Ebbing Sounds is a three-day inter­disci­plinary sym­po­sium and con­cert series inves­ti­gating new ways of music pro­duction, listen­ing, and cri­tique.

For the opening night event, Gray Area in San Fran­cisco will host a keynote speech from Eric Harvey (Pitchfork) followed by performances from Swiss musicians S S S S and Bonaventure.

Ebbing Sounds is orga­nized by zwei­komma­sieben in co­operation with mar­cella faust­ini, De­For­rest Brown Jr. and swiss­nex San Fran­cisco. It is kindly supported by Pro Helvetia Schwei­zer Kultur­stiftung, Con­sulate Gene­ral of Cana­da, FON­DATION SUISA, Goethe-Ins­titut San Fran­cisco and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.


8:30pm — welcome note
9:00pm — Keynote speech: Eric Harvey [US; Pitchfork, Grand Valley State University]
10:00pm — Live-set: S S S S [CH; aufnahme + wiedergabe, Hallow Ground]
11:00pm — Live-set: Bonaventure [CH; PTP, NON Worldwide]

Additional performances take place on the evening of the Ebbing Sounds Symposium on May 25 and at the Closing Concerts on May 26.


Eric Harvey

Eric Harvey Eric Harvey’s scholarship and reporting focus on the transformations of musical commerce and practice through the use of digital technologies. Eric has written and reported for The New YorkerRolling StoneThe AtlanticThe New Republic, The LA Review of Books, Buzzfeed, MTV.com and The Village Voice, among other publications. He has served as a commentator on music and technology for NPR’s All Things Considered and other programs.



Soraya Lutangu, BonaventureBonaventure is Soraya Lutangu’s nom de guerre. She uses music as an identity research tool along with practical and speculative initiatives to connect her African and European roots and investigate human relationships. Under her alias, she has been developing sonic weaponry designed to confront oppressive power structures, and to tell the story of violence, indifference and abuse fueled by racism. With Complexion — released on NON Worldwide — marking the prelude to her protest, which was fully expressed on Free Lutangu (released via PTP). A regular on Berlin Community Radio, Bonaventure has also made herself at home for several hours on London’s NTS.


Samuel Savenberg, S S S SAs a monicker, S S S S is an exercise in difference and repetition, reducing Swiss producer Samuel Savenberg’s name to a string of basic elements — all equal and different. Repetition as a mean of conceptual transport and physical transformation is integral to all forms of expression that aim for a wider understanding of reality within the realm perception, as it is to the reproductive process of knowledge itself. With “Just Dead Stars For Dead Eyes,” Savenberg dismissed his usual technoid-industrial uniform and traded it for a dense assembly of droning ghosts, drifting rhythmic drills, disintegrated field recordings and faraway resonant harmonics.