Goin’ Home: The Gay Porn Soundtracks of Patrick Cowley

Honey Soundsystem
Thu, Nov 9, 7pm-11pm
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On November 9th, 2017, Honey Soundsystem and CounterPulse will host
Goin’ Home: The Gay Porn Soundtracks of Patrick Cowley.

This will be an evening event celebrating the life of Patrick Cowley, a musician who we have bonded over and has influenced us on various levels including our sound, aesthetics and cultural upbringing in San Francisco. Often credited as the American Giorgio Moroder, Patrick’s legend has become a symbol for a time when free love and technology would come together to forever change the social landscape. On this evening we come together to celebrate the journey and genius of Patrick to appease all the disco spirits of so many like him who fell victim to the AIDS crisis during the early 80’s.

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The event will occur from 7-11pm at CounterPulse and feature a listening session of the remastered “Afternooners” soundtrack as well as video screenings of the gay porn films from the Fox Studio vaults and live performances by Group Rhoda and Michael Zodorozny of Crash Course In Science, who have cooked up some Cowley covers. Honey Soundsystem Records presents a glimpse into the futuristic world of a young genius. “Afternooners” shines a new light on the experimental side of a disco legend who was taken too soon. John Coletti of Fox Studio will be in attendance, projecting remastered versions of the gay porn films.

Patrick Cowley in the studio in 1979.

In 1979 Patrick was contacted by John Coletti, owner of famed gay porn company Fox Studio in Los Angeles. Patrick jumped on this offer and sent reels of his college compositions from the 70s to John in LA.  The result was the VHS collections “Muscle Up”, “School Daze” and “Afternooners” released in 1979, 1980 and 1982.  For the year of what would be his 67th birthday we will be honoring our sonic mentor with a celebration and memorial to the life, music and legend of Patrick Cowley. Additionally, this will mark as a celebration of the release of “Afternooners”, a collection of Cowley’s instrumental songs recorded May 1982 finally seeing the light of day after 35 years via Dark Entries Records/Honey Soundsystem Records.

A little background: In the late 70’s into the early 80’s, inside a music studio tucked away in the back lots of downtown, a handsome young man slaved away in a room full of synthesizers perfecting sounds that would transcend history and continue to resonate today. Outside of this studio was a city experiencing a cultural renaissance fueled by electric nights on the dancefloor in the midst of a burgeoning queer rights movement. Perhaps one of the most revolutionary and influential people in the canon of disco music, Cowley created his own brand of Hi-NRG dance music, “The San Francisco Sound.”  Born in Buffalo, NY on October 19, 1950, Patrick moved to San Francisco at the age of 21. He studied at the City College of San Francisco where he founded the Electronic Music Lab. He would make experimental soundtracks by blending various types of music and adapting them to the synthesizer. By the mid-70’s, Patrick’s synthesizer skills landed him a job composing and producing songs for disco superstar Sylvester, including hits like “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”, “Dance Disco Heat” and “Stars.”

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Date:
November 9
Cost:
$5 - $20
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CounterPulse