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ABOUT TELESEEN


Drawing influences from music as diverse as ethiopian jazz, afro house, samba and dub techno, Teleseen stitches a strikingly original blend of old and new sounds into a danceable mix. The primary project of producer, multi-instrumentalist and DJ Gabriel Cyr draws on a wide range of collaborators, to create productions that make equal use of programming and live instrumentation and find inspiration from his day job as a studio engineer and producer for other artists, as well as frequent travels between Brazil, Africa and the US.

Originally born in Providence, Rhode Island, but based in Brooklyn for the last 12 years, Cyr recently relocated to Rio De Janiero, to continue his work as a for hire producer. He has traveled the world as DJ and producer, bringing his DJ and live PA sets to everywhere from chic Beirut night clubs to grungy church basements in Newark NJ. He hosted a weekly reggae and world music radio show on pioneering Brooklyn pirate radio station free103point9 for five years, and has worked professionally as an engineer with everyone from Alicia Keys to Matthew Barney.

The Teleseen project began in the mid 2000s with the album War. The album came out in 2007 as the first release on Cyr's own Percepts label, which ran for 5 years. War was followed up by a white label 12" on Xion Gate, selling out immediately, and a remix by Machester's Pendle Coven. In 2009 Teleseen released Fear of the Forest, another full length. 2010'S 12" EP Mandrake was the final release on Percepts, and heralded a new direction which allowed the influences of african music, cosmic jazz, and house to come more to the fore and employed the use of live instrumentation alongside electronics.

In 2013, after a hiatus that saw him producing albums for artists in Brazil and South Africa, Teleseen released Passages on Los Angeles label 100% Silk to critical acclaim.

This year, Teleseen joins Feel Up Records with a new EP, Anamorph. The latest project is a more dance floor friendly offering that mixes his diverse influences into a stew that contains echoes both of classic house and disco like Ron Trent and Trinidadian Deep, as well as the more modern sounds of Southern Africa like Shangaan Electro or DJ Malvado, and shades of Brazilian Batucada rhythms. Finally, a deep, dubby yet danceable sensibility with live horns, keys and percussion, completes the alchemy.
DISCOGRAPHY
Qassam 3”CD 2005 Soft Targets - Out of Print
One track 3” CD released with the first issue of literary/art magazine Soft Targets.

Papervoice/Sufferer 7” 2006 Percepts Records
Tour only release.

War CD 2007 Percepts Records
Debut full length record, reviewed in Pitchfork, The Wire and many others.

Xion Gate 12”/Digital 2007 Percepts Records
EP companion to War that drew comparisons from Boomkat to Vadislav Delay and Thomas Felman. Features a remix by Manchester UK dub techno legends Pendle Coven.

Fear of the Forest CD/Digital 2009 Percepts Records - Out of Print
Second full length release called, “just short of epic…” by The Wire and picked by XL8R as one of the best records of 2009.

Mandrake 12”/Digital 2010 Percepts Records
The Mandrake EP marked a shift away from strictly dub based music and towards a more cosmic jazz and tropical influenced sound.

Ransom Remix for Maga Bo, Digital, Senseless Records 2011
Remix of collaborative track between Rio based producer and Ethiopian Masinqo Play Eritbu Solomon. Release also features remixes from Timeblind, Pacheco, and Fletcher.

SOID Remix for Gulls, Cassette/12”/Digital, 2012 Boomarm Nation Records
Remix of SOID for the mighty Gulls, for Portland based label, Boomarm Nation

Passages Cassette/Digital 2013 100% Silk Records
Third Teleseen full length LP released on Los Angeles based imprint 100% Silk. Boomkat called it “Heat-sealed fusion of Afro-Latin percussions, Berlin dub, sub-Saharan scales and acid electronics. One of 100%% Silk's most interesting issues in a minute.”

Anamorph EP 12”/Digital July 2014
Debut release for Feel Up Records.