KYLE BATES

Musician, audio visual artist, and writer living and working in Portland, OR.


EDUCATION

2016

Oxford Seminars,

TESOL/TESL/TEFL certificate to teach English as a second language.

2015

Portland State University,           

B.A. in Arts and Letters with a focus on Music and English Literature. Minor in Spanish. Graduated with honors. Final quarter spent studying and teaching abroad in Zamora, Spain. 


SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

2018

Fog Storm pts. 1-4, Audiovisual art split with Planning For Burial by Drowse & Jesse Keating (2018; Glowing Window Recordings)

False Baptism, LP by Floating Room (2018; Good Cheer Records)

Cold Air, LP by Drowse (2018; The Flenser)

2017

Sad God, single by Floating Room for PDX Pop Now! 2017 Compilation (2017; Good Cheer Records)

2016

Sunless, LP by Floating Room (2016; Good Cheer Records)

Memory Bed, EP by Drowse (2016; The Native Sound)

Uncontrollable, LP by Miserable--created the audio for the tracks ‘Stay Cold’ and ‘Salt Water’ (2016; The Native Sound)

2015

Soon Asleep, LP by Drowse (2015; Apneic Void Sounds)

Covered, collection by Drowse (2015; self-released)

2014

Naive Sleep, collection by Drowse (2014; self-released)

2013

Songs to Sleep On, EP by Drowse (2013; Television Records)


SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY

2018

Fog Storm pts. 1-4, audiovisual collaboration with Jesse Keating, premiered via Treble Magazine (Glowing Window Recordings; July 2018)

Seashell, audiovisual collaboration with Maya Stoner and Connor Stobaugh, premiered via Brooklyn Vegan (Good Cheer Records; May 2018) 

Klonopin, audiovisual collaboration with Maya Stoner, premiered via NPR (The Flenser; Feb. 2018)

2016

Memory, audiovisual collaboration with Maya Stoner, premiered via CLRVYNT (The Native Sound; Oct. 2016)

Break, audiovisual collaboration with Maya Stoner, premiered via Spin Magazine (The Native Sound; June 2016)

Stay Cold, audiovisual collaboration with Kristina Esfandiari and Neil Davis, premiered via CVLT Nation, (The Native Sound; April 2016)

2015

Melt, audiovisual collaboration with Victoria Ayers and Tuesday Faust, premiered via Exclaim!, audio premiered via Vice Magazine (Apneic Void Sounds; June 2015)  


BIBLIOGRAPHY

2018

"Drowse Confronts the White Noise of Fear." Interview by Ben Salmon. Portland Mercury, March 2018: Print. 

"A Conversation With Kyle Bates." Interview by Morgan Enos. North of the Internet, Feb. 2018: Web. 

2016

"Floating Room's Romantic Noise." Interview by Cris Lankenau. Willamette Week, Dec. 2016: Print.

"Drowse Commits His Life to Tape--The Pain, Recovery and Everything in Between." Interview by Cris Lankenau. Willamette Week, Oct. 2016: Print.

2015

"The Feeling of Sickness-An Interview With Drowse." Interview by Karol Kaminski. Idioteq. Aug. 2015. Web.

"Soon Asleep With Drowse-An Interview." Interview by Renato Malizia. The Blog That Celebrates Itself., July 2015. Web.

"Drowse Unravels a Dark Past." Interview by Ryan J. Prado. Portland Mercury June 2015: Print.

Mnemonic, disjunctive memoir, Apneic Void, June 2015

2014

Passing, poem, From Bellingham With Love, Oct. 2014

2013

A Little Pink Pill…, graphic memoir, Television, Dec. 2013


COMMISSIONS, RESIDENCIES, & AWARDS

2018

Artist’s Residency: NES Artist Residency, Skagaströnd, Iceland.

2017

Soundtrack/Music Commission: commissioned by The Fullbright Company to create music to soundtrack the exploratory feminist sci-fi videogame Tacoma under the name Floating Room with Maya Stoner. Videogame released on Xbox One, Mac and PC.

Music Commission: commissioned by Part Time Punks LA (radio and club) to record an official Part Time Punks Studio session under the name Floating Room.

2016

Music Commission: commissioned by Part Time Punks LA (radio and club) to perform a Part Time Punks sponsored show and record an official Part Time Punks Studio session under the name Drowse.

2015

Music Commission: commissioned by poet Zachary Cosby for an audio/video/text collaboration for his performance at Poetry Press Week.

2014

Soundtrack/Music Commission: commissioned by U.K. based filmmaker Christopher Marsh to contribute work to the soundtrack of his project Sensory Dimensional Gulf.


SELECTED ARTICLES & REVIEWS

2018

Coral, Evan “Drowse - “Cold Air” Review." Tiny Mix Tapes. N.p., March 2018. Web.

Sacher, Andrew "Drowse Releasing 'Cold Air' This Week (Stream It)." Brooklyn Vegan. 7 March 2018. Web. 

Gotrich, Lars. "Drowse's 'Klonopin' Soundtracks a Heavy Dose." NPR Music. NPR, 14 Feb. 2018. Web. 

2017

Crecente, Brian. "'Tacoma' Creators Talk Diversity, Evolution and 'Gone Home'." Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone, 31 July 2017. Web. 

"Tacoma Review: With Their Latest, the Portland-Based Creators of Gone Home Visit Outer Space. So Should You." Review. Portland Mercury. Aug. 2017: Print.

Motter, Delaney. "Floating Room at Holocene in Portland, OR - Portland Music Events Calendar." Portland Mercury. June. 2017: Print.
 

2016

Dolan, Ciara, Delaney Motter, Ben Salmon, and Jenni Moore. "Floating Room's Sunless Is Portland Gray Pop." Portland Mercury. Nov. 2016: Print.

"Album Review: Floating Room - "Sunless"." GoldFlakePaint. N.p., 30 Nov. 2016. Web.

Hill, John. "Feel the Pain and Beauty of Floating Room's 's S U N L E S S'." CLRVYNT. N.p., 16 Nov. 2016.

Ludwig, Jamie. "Premiere: "Sad God," by Floating Room." She Shreds Magazine. N.p., 28 Oct. 2016. Web.

Margaret Farrell| September 28, 2016 - 9:41 Am. "Floating Room – “Fun”." Stereogum. N.p., 28 Sept. 2016: Web

Domanick, Andrea. "Drowse's 'Memory Bed' EP Is a Beautiful Study of Detachment." Noisey. Vice Magazine, 4 Aug. 2016. Web.

C, Monster “Drowse - “Memory” ." Tiny Mix Tapes. N.p., 13 July 2016. Web.

Malone, Matt. "Drowse Composes His Own Mental ‘Break’ in New Video." Spin. Billboard Music, 22 June 2016. Web.

2015

Kaminski, Karol. "EXPERIMENTAL SHOEGAZE/LO-FI ACT DROWSE COLLABORATES WITH SPANISH VOCALIST DULCE MEMBIBRE." Idioteq. N.p., Oct. 2015. Web.

Bort "♫ Listen: Oligopolist Records - Olgp Sampler 2015." Tiny Mix Tapes. N.p., 29 Oct. 2015. Web.

"Drowse – ‘Melt’." Sounds Better With Reverb. N.p., 29 May 2015. Web.

Staff, Noisey. ""Melt" into Drowse's Hypnotic Exploration of [...]" Noisey. Vice Magazine, 26 May 2015. Web.

2014

H, Ryan. "Tape Haul August 2014." Tome to the Weather Machine. N.p., Aug. 2014. Web. 05 Sept. 2017.

Debonis, Patrick. "Drowse – Songs to Sleep on." Ravedeaf. N.p., 09 July 2014. Web.

"EP Review: Songs To Sleep On by Drowse." Alt Dialogue. N.p., 23 July 2014. Web.


SELECTED PERFORMANCES & INSTALLATIONS

2018

4.27.18

Hér Núna at Old Church-Blönduós, Iceland

Fog Storm in Old Church (Collaborative installation and improvisational performance with Jesse Keating).

4.22.18

NES-Skagaströnd, Iceland

Fog Storm (Collaborative installation and performance with Jesse Keating).

3.24.18

Black Water-Portland, OR

Drowse, Floating Room, Tender Age, Dragging an Ox Through Water (Record release and performance with live projection collage by Kyle Bates).

3.14-3.17.18

SXSW-Austin, TX

Floating Room (Multiple performances at South By Southwest festival). 

2017

9.13.17

Holocene-Portland, OR

Drowse, Tender Age (Performance with live projection art by Jon Timm).

8.26.17

The Hole-Oakland, CA

Drowse, Pardoner, The She’s, Wilt

9.2.17

Honey Hive Gallery-San Fransisco, CA

Drowse, Gossimer (Gallery specific sound pieces performed by both artists).

8.4.17

The Evergreen-Portland, OR

Floating Room (Special performance for the launch of Tacoma by The Fullbright Company).

7.27.17

The Cave-Las Angeles, CA

Floating Room (Part Time Punks live studio performance).

6.14.17

Holocene-Portland, OR

Floating Room, Sinless, Mini Blinds

4.19.17

Mississippi Studios-Portland, OR

Drowse (3 guitar experimental set), NE-HI

4.27.17

KPSU A.M.P. Fest-Portland, OR

Floating Room, Mount Eerie

4.1.17

Unknown-Anacortes, WA

Drowse performed an experimental drone set in a decommissioned church.

3.24.17

Mississippi Studios-Portland, OR

Floating Room, Chastity Belt

1.6.17

The Hole-Oakland, CA

Floating Room, Jay Som

1.5.16

Terminal Punk-Oakland, CA

Floating Room performing alongside a multimedia installation piece by V. Vale, Marian Wallace, and Krusty Wheatfield

2016

12.28.16

Chop Suey-Seattle, WA

Drowse, Floating Room, Sloucher, Bod

12.21.16

Holocene-Portland, OR

Drowse, Floating Room, Turtlenecked (Good Cheer Records holiday show and label party).

11.23.16

Mississippi Studios-Portland, OR

Floating Room, Drowse (Floating Room LP release show/audio visual collaboration with Parker Johnson).

10.15.16

Reed College-Portland, OR

Drowse, Floating Room, Gillian Frances (audio visual performance piece curated by Drowse).

10.5.16

Bossanova Ballroom-Portland, OR

Floating Room, Frankie Cosmos

8.5.16

The High Water Mark-Portland, OR

Drowse, Dragging an Ox Through Water (‘Memory Bed’ release show feat. ambient sound collage performance piece).

7.24.16

The Echoplex-Las Angeles, CA

Drowse, Them Are Us Too, Altocamet (Part Time Punks showcase).

7.22.16

Good Mother Gallery-Oakland, CA

Drowse, Pardoner (gallery specific performance piece).

3.20.16

The Tonic Lounge-Portland, OR

Drowse, King Woman

2015

12.5.15

MST2K-Portland, OR

Drowse, Taylor M. (Ambient, spatially focused piece set to digital projection).

6.28.15

Rooftop-Calafell, Spain

Drowse electroacoustic collaboration with Dulce Membibre.

5.19.15

Poetry Press Week-Portland, OR

Drowse audio/video/text collaboration with poet Zachary Cosby.

5.8.15

The Know-Portland, OR

Drowse, Dragging an Ox Through Water (‘Soon Asleep’ performance).

4.13.15

The High Water Mark-Portland, OR

Drowse, King Woman, Braveyoung (Digital projection collage performance).

2.27.15

Poetry Confluence-Portland, OR

A live reading of the disjunctive memoir piece ‘Mnemonic’.

2014

12.14.14

Mosh Eisley-Bellingham, WA

Poetry reading and performance piece as Kyle Bates.

6.21.14

Optimist-Portland, OR

Drowse, Planning For Burial

6.14.14

Underbelly Festival-Bellingham, WA

Filmed Drowse set for Underbelly Festival.

3.22.2014

Scowling-Portland, OR

Drowse, Wreck and Reference (Digital projection collage performance).

2.21.14

J.D.C.-Portland, OR

Drowse, Taylor M. (Ambient audiovisual set).


SKILLS

Software: Ableton Live 9, Pro Tools, Adobe Creative Cloud.

Audio production: recording, mixing, editing, synthesis.

Video production/post-production.

Writing and editing.

Musical instruments: guitar, vocals, bass, synthesizer, percussion, programming.

Fluent in Spanish.