AudioBus – Energized Vectors

July 31 6:00 - 9:30 PM
Location: The Tenderloin Musuem 398 Eddy St, San Francisco, CA
$20 General; $15 Discounted Buy Tickets


One of our most anticipated events, AudioBus, is an immersive, uniquely San Franciscan performance experience. As a mobile venue, AudioBus will take audiences on a journey in the city where audiences can hear a live score on an open-top double-decker bus with installed headphones sonically customized for this experience. For this season’s tour, we are partnering with the Tenderloin Museum which holds a wealth of history in visual, textual, and auditory recordings about the neighborhood. As a symbiotic entryway to collaborative performance Sonic Portraits of a Shifting City, Kevin Corcoran and Jen Boyd explore an energetic understanding of architecture through sound. By listening to urban environments in flux – sounds of public places (atmospheres), sounds unheard by the ear alone (electromagnetic architectures), and thoughts from individuals who have shaped neighborhoods by their actions (stories) – a sonic map emerges.


Doors Open for Reception: 6:00pm

Boarding Time for First Tour: 6:40 – 6:55pm

First Tour Leaves: 7:00pm

Boarding Time for Second Tour: 7:55 – 8:10pm

Second Tour Leaves: 8:15pm


There will be beer and wine available at the museum during reception and between tours.
Be sure to bring an extra layer of warmth for your ride on the top to the double decker bus!


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Sonic Portraits of a Shifting City Kevin Corcoran and Jen Boyd

Sonic Portraits of a Shifting City explores the energetic understanding of architecture through sound, by listening to urban environments in flux in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood and surrounding areas. This performance by Kevin Corcoran and Jen Boyd includes the sounds of open public places, electromagnetic architectures, and thoughts from individuals who have shaped this neighborhood by their actions.  Through listening and mapping, Sonic Portraits of a Shifting City seeks to identify relationships of embodied energy to cultural value in architectural space through narrative and soundscape while calling attention to the voices of people who have worked to create community in the environments recorded, places which continue to shift with uncertain futures.

Kevin Corcoran works with percussion, phonography and electronics exploring an open interest in sound as medium. His practice includes methods of extended-technique percussion, electroacoustic composition, site-specific recording and documentary audio. Originally from Sacramento, CA, Corcoran earned a degree in Technocultural Studies from UC Davis where he studied sonic arts with Bob Ostertag, Sam Nichols and Kriss Ravetto. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe and currently lives in San Francisco where his sonic practice includes solo and collaborative projects.

Jen Boyd is a sound artist and teacher living in Vallejo, CA. She spends time recording sounds in her environment and then arranges them into layered soundscapes. In these pieces, some sounds unfold naturally while others are processed. Jen uses a variety of different microphones to explore the textures and timbres in her environment. Many of her soundscapes seek to give depth to these delicate sounds. Although her work mostly relies on ‘natural’ sounds she uses a wide variety of sound sources to paint sonic pictures for the listener. Jen founded re:sound in 2015, a sound series on Mare Island focusing on forgotten space, environment and sound.




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The Architecture

Tenderloin Museum

The Tenderloin Museum celebrates the lost history of one of San Francisco’s oldest neighborhoods. The museum’s permanent collection tells the story of the neighborhood from its rebuilding after the 1906 earthquake through the present. The vibrant community based arts and educational programming is built on the diverse culture of this historic neighborhood.

Website: http://tenderloinmuseum.org/

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