Ghostly pale lines produced by a high-powered projector flicker across a wall as the glitching scratch of static intermittently seeps from a row of black speakers. Gradually, a throbbing bass line punches through the noise as the projected lines weave together to form a tangled web.
“I play with electricity. … I have no desire to engage the subject from a purely traditional perspective,” UT assistant professor Kyle Evans explains on his website.
At the forefront of this dizzying monochromatic spectacle within the walls of dadaLab, his immersive art studio, Evans bends over a table laden with blinking electronic music equipment. As his horn-rimmed glasses reflect the faint glow of two laptops, the multimedia artist and educator rhythmically twists knobs and prods buttons. With each gesture, hypnotic drumbeat and carefully programmed projection, Evans draws his audience further into the world of pulseCoder, his latest electronic music project.
“All of my visuals, and sometimes my audio, have some kind of glitch aesthetic element,” he says, referring to the distorted, halting movements composed under his DJ name pulseCoder. This performance project is an immersive synthesis of Evans’ chief artistic and educational specialties: sound, light and electricity.
Instructing part time at UT since 2020, Evans accepted a full-time position this year in the Department of Arts and Entertainment Technologies. In the belly of the University’s expansive Performing Arts Center, he spends time teaching lighting design, video projection and electronic musical instruments.
“I’ve had students create some pretty amazing things that don’t already exist,” he says. “One student — a juggler — created a motion-sensing instrument that he could control depending on the speed and pattern of his juggling. Totally wacky.”