When: Sun., May 10, 9 p.m. 2015
TR4NC3 MUT4T1(0)N5 According to conventional wisdom, nothing is secret online, but that doesn’t stop artists from striving to maintain a bit of digital mystique. The preferred stylization of TR4NC3 MUT4T1(0)N5 — a recurring experimental sound and visual art event — exemplifies one technique for dogging typists and signaling covert activity. It is search-engine de-optimized. TR4NC3 MUT4T1(0)N5 typically occurs at suitably subterranean enclaves, but the next event, on Sunday, goes down at The Rock Steady (1741 San Pablo Ave., Oakland). Featured artists include Bonus Beast, a local noise practitioner whose cassette releases are partially available to stream online, and IC_PCP, an artist with a digitally informed moniker who nevertheless opts for analog music-making gear. Of course, the digital/analog dichotomy is sort of fake, because no musician completely commits to one over the other, yet the aesthetics of inscrutability persevere, whether on cassette tape artwork or weird Facebook pseudonyms. Maybe it’s mostly about looking cool.