San Francisco in the 21st century is experiencing the tumbleweed-silent steel buildings canyon of the Financial District transition into the always-lively cacophony of the badlands of The Tenderloin.
“The Tenderloin is an area that a lot of people ignore because of it’s reputation as kind of crime ridden,” says Kevin Corcoran, a sound artist living and working in the city, “but I think it warrants at least walking around in The Tenderloin and looking, and hearing, what kind of community exists there.”
What does exist there is a vibrant, poverty stricken, constantly underserved by the city government, section of San Francisco, a place where many new immigrants find themselves, a place where gays, lesbians, and transgender people once found refuge from bigotry, and a place where the most historic buildings in the city are still standing, and still very much in use.
At the ground floor of The Cadillac Hotel, one of those old historic Tenderloin buildings, lies The Tenderloin Museum, a museum that chronicles the history and character of the neighborhood of The Tenderloin. In collaboration with the ongoing Soundwave Biennial
series of audio arts projects and exhibitions going on throughout the city until September, the Tenderloin Museum has created, with sound artists Kevin Corcoran and Jen Boyd, an audio collage of the residents of The Tenderloin, mixed with the ambient sounds of the neighborhood itself, that will serve as a soundtrack, performed live by Kevin and Jen, for a bus tour of the neighborhood on July 31st called “Audiobus - Energized Vectors