Kyle Bates is a Pacific Northwest based musician, audiovisual artist, and writer. He actively creates and performs in the project Drowse and has produced a range of work with multiple projects for The Flenser, The Native Sound, Good Cheer Records, Glowing Window Recordings, Apneic Void and Television.
His video work has been described as “incredibly lush and dreamy” while his audio work has been referred to as “the aural equivalent of blood rushing back to a sleeping limb.” Bates is focused on exploring tangible aural space, the bipolar experience, and making the personal public; he is influenced by Roland Barthes’ practice of reading the self as text. He plays with themes of memory, shame, detachment, sleep, fear, and human connection. His work has included commissions for film and video game soundtracks, sound and text based performance art, and various writings. Bates has presented and performed his work at festivals, spaces, and galleries in Spain, Iceland, Japan, and across the United States. He currently resides in Portland, OR.