New album cover designs, etc:

Updates to \O: Scaling back the design/commissions for a while to focus on family + recording obligations: Ultha (DE) for their forthcoming album 'Converging Sins' //black metal from Germany and Toby Driver (US) and his upcoming solo release 'Madonnawhore'.

One more for the year for SUTEKH HEXEN's 'Salem' LP, but more on that later...


V:Z:U:L : AUG2016

Recently completed design/illustration/multi-medium commissions that I had updated earlier this evening at viraloptic.com (primary design port.)

Keeping the format faithful updated on here as well. On that note: I will continue updating this spot for the time being despite the options of immediacy through other "social" media platforms, which more or less render others obsolete.

Those who wish to know further on these and related projects which I am involved with here or there, please feel free to contact me directly: kevin at viraloptic dot com.

Many thanks to the collaborators and those supporters who continue to entrust my vision with theirs... We make this happen:

New logo for Seattle/New Mexico based Black/Death maniacs PREDATORY LIGHT.

Packaging/Typographic Design for mysterious Barcelona based Black/Death/Noise-wall entity, BLACK EARTH.
LP jacket design for Los Angeles based electronic/dubstep project THIEF (member of weirdo plant-based metal band BOTANIST). 
LP jacket layout for Swedish Death/Industrial spectre TREPANERINGSRITUALEN (his best album in fact).


New batch of design work from the past few months:

It has been busier than usual in this dept. and I have lagged in providing any updates on here.  Detailed previews/notes at viraloptic.com.  

I had the pleasure of art directing some great projects recently for excellent labels: Neurot Recordings, Osmose Productions and was asked to oversee the creative direction for San Francisco based label The Flenser... it has been pretty busy!!! 

Various other updates on related activities will happen shortly, news of the forthcoming Sutekh Hexen release (3xLP/C30), a new solo 10" and collaborations.  The visual extension of my work will be slowing down a bit as I focus on family, writing/recording and self.

Thanks to everybody involved for supporting and trusting the vision up to this point and am continually thankful to be offered these amazing opportunities.


Alaric - Adore



I recently had the pleasure of performing a live score for a haunting and gorgeous new film titled Premonition by Patricia Cram. The set was captured and uploaded to Youtube. I also ripped the audio source which you can listen to on my Soundcloud HERE.

Premonition (2016) by Patricia Cram
Live score by Kevin Gan Yuen // Travis Bean Standard + Reverb, Delay(s), Dist, Loop/Sampler, Roland 404SX (PA mix) + Sunn 2000S + Atlas custom 4x12 + Atlas custom 2x15 (series).

Captured by Lara Miranda on a SONY DSC-H20
Placement: mid-room

Thanks to: Patricia Cram, A.K., Lara Miranda, James Livingston/BLACK HORIZONS, Aria Rostami, Daniel Blomquist, Ryan Page, Jen + Sean/ORRA, Lee + Brittany at Amnesia SF for facilitating and Atlas custom cabs (the series box is amazing!!!)


Thanks for listening/viewing.

Mushroom burial suit...

"Alternative Embalming Fluid, a liquid spore slurry...". Love fungus. More info on this strange and practical sustainability solution by creator Jae Rhim Lee here: https://www.ted.com/talks/jae_rhim_lee?language=en


Infrasound notes

Alternative history of Bay Area tectonics: Select comm.// notes archived by 23Five documenting INFRASOUND (Scott Arford & Randy Yau) events throughout the years. 

You can view more history of related events via Randy Yau's flickr gallery here: