ABOUT

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Antiprism / de Young Museum 2015 [Photo by Fionnuala Bradley]

 

JON BERNSON is a musician, playwright and interdisciplinary artist from San Francisco. He was 2015 artist-in residence at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, resident composer & sound designer at Tides Theatre from 2013-15 and is currently in residence through 2018 as a playwright at the Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco.

As a musician, he has released more than twenty albums under multiple names, including Exray's, whose music was featured in David Fincher's Academy Award winning film, The Social Network. He has toured the U.S. numerous times and scored more than a dozen plays and films, including his recent soundtracks for Rajiv Joseph's Gruesome Playground Injuries, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and Alicia's Miracle by Octavio Solis.

As an artist, recent works include the soundscapes for 'Sound Affects,' a large-scale installation at the Sonos Studio in Los Angeles in 2015 and Beautification Machine, his collaboration with Andy Diaz Hope, which opened at Catharine Clark Gallery in 2014, was presented at Miami Project, and added to the permanent collection at the Nevada Museum of Art, where it was exhibited for six months in 2016. god(s)(dess)(es), another collaboration with Hope was a recent winner of Best-in-Show at the 2016 InLight Festival of light-based art in Richmond, Virginia.

As a playwright, Bernson writes site-specific, interdisciplinary works that combine mediums in experimental ways. In 2015's Distant Future Symposium, he incorporated elements of the pseudo-documentary style into a live performance that included a fictional panel of speakers and live music by his band, Exray's. North by Inferno, his 2015 StoryWorks play about he Bakken oil fields debuted at the Edge Festival for New Works in North Dakota before opening in the Bay Area. Another site-specific work, PDX to OAK is an interactive play, written for six actors and fourteen passengers on an overnight trip from Portland to Oakland.

Currently, he has been writing and recording two radio dramas, one as a guided meditation called Third Eye Moonwalk for Crash Symbols and the second as the latest installment in the ongoing story of Vessel XII, which will be released by Exray's on Howells Transmitter in 2017.

Contact: daysofexrays@gmail.com

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INSTALLATIONS

2016 - (god)(s)(dess)(es) (InLight Festival / Richmond, Virginia)

2016 - Beautification Machine (Nevada Museum of Art / Reno, Nevada)

2015 - Antiprism: Exploring the Vessel XII Controversy (de Young Museum artist residency / San Francisco)

2015 - Beautification Machine (Miami Project / Miami)

2015 - Vanishing Point (Art Market / San Francisco)

2015 - Sound Affects (Sonos Studio / Los Angeles)

2014 - Beautification Machine (Catharine Clark Gallery / San Francisco)

2013 - Golden Beach Piano (Ocean Beach / San Francisco)  

2012 - Line in the Sand (Ocean Beach / San Francisco)  

 

ALBUMS 

Exray's

2016 - Twelve (Howells Transmitter) Cassette + Digital

2014 - The Dome (Howells Transmitter) Cassette + Digital

2012 - Trust a Robot (Howells Transmitter) Cassette + Digital

2011 - Exray's (Howells Transmitter) LP + Digital

2011 - Ancient Thing (Howells Transmitter) Plexiglass 7" + Digital

2010 - Ammunition Teeth (Howells Transmitter) Cassette + Digital

Compilations

2014 - "Transportation" (Driftless Ambient 1) Single for Cassette + Digital 

2012 - "Paper Bag" (City Limits presents: San Francisco) Single for LP + Digital 

2010 - "Everything Goes" (In a Cloud / Secret Seven Records) Single for LP + Digital

2012 - "Yellow Light" (Brooklyn Vegan) Remix with Shigeto 

 

Window Twins

2013 - Wish (Volar Records) LP + Digital

2012 - Wish (Crash Symbols) Cassette + Digital

2010 - "Fourth Place" (Bay Bridged) Online Single 

2009 - I'm This Tall City (Broken Twilight & Howells Transmitter) LP + Digital 

 

THEMAYS

2014 - KNOWHERE (Otherworldly Mystics) Cassette + Poster + Digital

2014 - AIRSPACE (Gigante Sound) Thumb Drives + Helium Balloon + Digital

2013 - WORKSPACE (Howells Transmitter) Cassette + Digital

2012 - THEWORKS (Self-Released) Cassette + Digital

2010 - KNOWFI (Gigante Sound) CD + Digital

Compilations

2014 - "AIRSPACE" REMIX (AIRSPACE / Gigante Sound) Remix 

2010 - "When I Think About You" (Motown Meltdown, Vol. 2 / Gigante Sound) Remix

2009 - "KNOWFLY" (Ball of Wax Quarterly, Vol. 16) Single for CD + Digital

 

Ray's Vast Basement

2007 - Starvation Under Orange Trees (Howells Transmitter) CD + Digital

2005 - Of Mice and Men (Self-Released) CDR 

2004 - By a River Burning Blue Blue (Self-Released) CD + Songbook / Card Set + Digital

2001 - On the Banks of the Time (Self-Released) CD + Songbook / Card Set + Digital

1999 - Sounds from Drakesville (Self-Released) Cassette

1998 - Ray's Vast Basement (Self-Released) Cassette

Compilations

2009 - "I See the Day" (Wiretap Music Presents: Covers / Howells Transmitter) Single for CD

2008 - Split with Fences (Astronomy Club Ghost Story #25) Online single

2004 - "She Is My Diary" (Isn't it Romantic poetry + music compilation) Single for CD

2008 - "I Can Be Alone" (Surprise Parte Hoptimiste / Vivonzeureux) Online mix

2007 - "By a River Burning Blue" (Hoptiliste / Vivonzeureux) Online mixtape

 

WRITINGS

2017 - Third Eye Moonwalk (Play / Radio Drama / Commissioned by Crash Symbols / Stage Reading at Custom Made Theater for Playwrights Foundation's Rough Readings series) 

2016 - Overnighters is Over (Interdisciplinary / Linwood Dunn Theater, Los Angeles / Commissioned by Academy of Motion Pictures, International Documentary Association and the Center for Investigative Reporting)

2015 - North by Inferno by Jon Bernson (Play / Edge Festival for New Work, North Dakota & The Flight Deck, Oakland, CA)

2015 - Antiprism: Exploring the Vessel XII Controversy (Screenplay / de Young Museum artist residency video)

2015 - Distant Future Symposium (Play / de Young Museum artist residency performance)

2015 - Museum of the Hidden City (Live documentary / Commissioned by Walking Cinema for 2015 San Francisco Green Film Festival)

2014 - Vessel XII Press Conference (Screenplay / Video premiered by Decoder Magazine)

2014 - Star-Spangled Banner / National Security Agency PSA (One minute plays / Commissioned by Playwrights Foundation)

2013-Present - Studio Apartment (Home recording column / Decoder Magazine) 

2013 -  A Guide to the Aftermath (Play / Commissioned by StoryWorks, Tides Theatre, & Center for Investigative Reporting)

2013 - PDX to OKJ  (Site-specific interactive play / Commissioned by Spur Happenings)

2013 - Sees All, Knows All (Interview with Sonny Smith about Multimedia Play / Decoder Magazine)

2006-Present - Howells Transmitter (Record label website / Written content for all artists & releases)

1996-2008 - Ray's Vast Basement (Interactive play, songbook & card set / multiple venues)

 

SCORES

2016 - Overnighters is Over by Jon Bernson (Interdisciplinary / Linwood Dunn Theater, Los Angeles / Commissioned by Academy of Motion Pictures, International Documentary Association and the Center for Investigative Reporting)

2016 - The Box by Sarah Shourd (Play / Z Space)

2015 - Alicia's Miracle by Octavio Solis (Play / Tides Theatre)

2015 - North by Inferno by Jon Bernson (Play / Edge Festival for New Work, North Dakota & The Flight Deck, Oakland, CA)

2013 - Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph (Play / Tides Theatre)  

2013 - A Guide to the Aftermath by Jon Bernson (Play / Tides Theatre / Commissioned by Storyworks & Center for Investigative Reporting)

2012 - Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (Play / Tides Theatre) 

2010 - The Social Network, directed by David Fincher (Motion Picture / Sony) Song on soundtrack

2008 - Buried Child by Sam Shepard (Play / Actors Theatre of San Francisco) 

2005 - In a Steel Box, directed by Vera Freitag (Documentary / Independent) 

2005 - Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck (Play / Actors Theatre of San Francisco) 

2003 - Chemistry of Change by Marlane Meyer (Play / Actors Theatre of San Francisco) 

2002 - The Open Couple by Dario Fo (Play / Expression Theatre Company)

2001 - Snake in Fridge by Brad Frasier (Play / Actors Theatre of San Francisco)

1999 - Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters (Play / Shelton Theater)

1998 - The Lucky Spot by Beth Henley (Play / Actors Theatre of San Francisco) 

 

SOUND DESIGNS

2015 - Alicia's Miracle by Octavio Solis (Play / Tides Theatre)

2014 - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams (Play / Tides Theatre)

2014 - This is Home by Donte Clark, Deandre Evans, & William Hartfield (Spoken-word play / Storyworks, Tides Theatre, Off-Page Project, & Center for Investigative Reporting)

2013 - The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman (Play / Tides Theatre)

2013 - A Guide to the Aftermath by Jon Bernson (Play / Tides Theatre / Commissioned by Storyworks & Center for Investigative Reporting)

2012 - Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche by Evan Linder & Andrew Hobgood (Play / Tides Theatre)

2009 - The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (Play / Actors Theatre of San Francisco) 

2006 - The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote (Play / Actors Theatre of San Francisco) 

2005 - The Night of the Iguana by Tennessee Williams (Play / Actors Theatre of San Francisco) 

2004 - A View from the Bridge by Arthur Miller(Play / Actors Theatre of San Francisco) 

 

VIDEOS

 

Beautification Machine

Directed by Nathan Hope

Premiered by Catharine Clark & Miami Project

 

Sound Affects

Directed by Michael Routh

Premiered by Sonos Studio & Imprint Projects

 

Exray's - Vessel XII Press Release

Directed by Michael Falsetto-Mapp, Jennifer Welch & Jon Bernson

Premiered by Decoder Magazine

 

THEMAYS - AIRSPACE

Directed by Michael Falsetto-Mapp

Premiered by Gigante Sound

 

Exray's - Ancient Thing

Directed by Jeanne Applegate, Kyle Giacomo, MIchael Falsetto-Mapp, & Jon Bernson

Premiered by Independent Film Channel

 

Window Twins - Thunder & Lightning

Directed by Jon Bernson & Colin Held

Premiered by No Fear of Pop

 

Exray's - You Forgot

Directed by Colin Held

Premiered by Pitchfork.tv

 

Exray's - Hesitation

Directed by Michael Falsetto-Mapp

Premiered by Spin

 

Window Twins - The Sky is Black

Directed by Fabien le Gourrierec 

Premiered by Interview Magazine

 

Window Twins - Two Left Feet

Directed by Broken Machine Films

Premiered by Impose Magazine

 

Exray's - Ways to Stop Time

Directed by Jeanne Applegate

Premiered by Altered Zones

 

Exray's - Make a Prediction

Directed by Colin Held

Premiered by My Old Kentucky Blog

 

THEMAYS - Blues Dot Korg

Directed by Paul Justin Encinas

Featured in Erik Otto's 'Profile Video'

 

Exray's - You Can Trust a Robot (Live)

Directed by Will Butler

Premiered by Echolocale

 

Exray's - Everything Goes

Directed by Jeanne Applegate

Premiered by The Bay Bridged



Window Twins I'm This Tall City

Directed by Kevin Earl Taylor

Premiered by Howells Transmitter

 

TEACHINGS

2013-Present - Sunset Media Wave (Co-Founder & Instructor for multimedia high school blog at the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, funded by the city of San Francisco's D.C.Y.F.) 

2007-2014 - Auditorium (Co-Founder & Instructor for high school creative audio class collaboration between Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center, Sunset Youth Services & S.F. School of the Arts)

1997-Present - Urban Music Program {Founder & Instructor for middle school electronic music and DJ program at the Sunset Neighborhood Beacon Center A.S.L.C. Program) 

1999-2001 - America's Promise Volunteer Coordinator (Organized volunteer projects in the Sunset district of San Francisco)

1995-1998 - Living History Teacher (San Francisco Maritime National Park / Age of Sail Program on Hyde Street Pier)

1994-1995 - Elementary School Teacher (Teach for America/ Oakland)

 

CURATION

Subliminal Messages (Ongoing ambient music series at Tides Theater that solicits & presents original work from sound & light artists from around the country.) 

 

PRODUCING & RECORDING 

2012 - Future Twin / Resist (Future Twin, Inc.) 7" + Digital

2012 -  Future Twin / Situation (Future Twin, Inc.) Cassette

2008 - Scott Pinkmountain / The Full Sun (Howells Transmitter) CD + Digital

2007 - Black Fiction / Happy Holidays (Self-Released) CD + Artwork in a ziplock bag

2006 - The Lovely Public / Burning Tape at the Mystery Dinner (Wall of Noise) CD

2006 - P.A.F. / Fingerprints, Medicine (New World of Sound) CD + Digital

2006 - New Ways of Letting Go / Michael Zapruder (Howells Transmitter) CD + Digital

2005 - Anamude / Peg & Awl (Hinah Records) Digital single

2005 - Modular Set / Beached on the Half Landing (Howells Transmitter) CD

 

PRESS

KQED Arts (Antiprism – Interview & Review)

Juxtapoz Magazine (Antiprism – de Young Museum residency preview)

Hyperallergenic (Beautification Machine - Review)

SF Weekly (Beautification Machine - Review)

Prefix Magazine (Exray's - Album Review)

Pitchfork (Exray's - Forkast)

Consequence of Sound (Window Twins - Album Review)

Portals (THEMAYS - Album Review)

SF Weekly (Ray's Vast Basement - Feature)

Tiny Mix Tapes (Window Twins - Album Review)

Aquarium Drunkard (Ray's Vast Basement - Album Review)

Decoder Magazine (THEMAYS - Album Review)

The Fader (Window Twins - Remix Premiere)

Litquake (Exray's - Multimedia Reading of Vessel XII)

Song by Toad (Ray's Vast Basement - Album Review)

SF Chronicle (A Guide to the Aftermath - Playwrighting Feature)

The Bay Bridged (Exray's - Album Review)

Kata Rokkar (Exray's - Live Show Coverage)

Turntable Kitchen (Exray's - Album Review)

Bay Bridged (Show with Michael Zapruder - Preview)

 

INTERVIEWS

Bandcamp (Exray's - Twelve)

KUNR / NPR Reno (Beautification Machine)

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (Antiprism / Indispensable Series)

Insomniac (Sound Affects - Review & Interview)

Impose Magazine (Antiprism / de Young residency preview)

Interview Magazine (Window Twins - Wish) 

Impose Magazine (Exray's - Trust a Robot)

Portals (Window Twins - Wish)

Reveal Radio (A Guide to the Aftermath - Storyworks)

The Rumpus (Interview & Podcast with Jennifer Welch)

The Bay Bridged (Subliminal Messages - Ambient music series at Tides Theatre)

SF Chronicle (Ray's Vast Basement - Starvation Under Orange Trees)

The Conversant (Songwriting process)

Largehearted Boy(Ray's Vast Basement - Starvation Under Orange Trees)

The Signal & Noise (Exray's - The Social Network / Ammunition Teeth)

The Bold Italic (Exray's - Rock Make Street Festival)

S.F. Weekly (San Francisco)

Hippies Are Dead (Forming Exray's)

ExCel Spotlight (interview with Urban Music Program Instructors)