Final Pieces for the 16th Edition Have Fallen into Place
Free programming revealed, including the outdoor stage in the Quartier des spectacles and daytime activities at the Phi Centre
April 28, 2015
Emphasizing and celebrating real time, live expressions of original creations that traverse the realms of music, sound and visual art, the final pieces for the 16th edition of MUTEK have fallen into place! With more than 80 live performances from 110 artists, the festival boasts 9 world, 11 North American and 16 Canadian premieres running from Wednesday, May 27 to Sunday, May 31, all happening in the beating heart of the city.
In its constant efforts to make electronic and digital artistry accessible and to create the context for discovery and revelation, MUTEK is proud to reveal the details of its free outdoor stage EXPÉRIENCE, which this year will occupy the Parterre in the Quartier des spectacles, the nighttime experimental PLAY programs at the MAC, and its daytime program DIGI_SECTION, at the Phi Centre.
The detailed program and schedule is available here.
Preview our video teaser!
Free outdoor stage on the Parterre of the Quartier des spectacles presented by Mailchimp
Expanding on last year’s winning formula that mixed emergent local and Canadian artists with international names, MUTEK moves its outdoor operations to the Parterre, the open air lawn facing the Maison symphonique. Running from Thursday to Sunday this year, the Parterre will be outfitted in MUTEK’s inimitable style and complemented all week long with food trucks and refreshments. The substantial increase in capacity at this new site allows room for big name guests like Canadian superstar MATHEW JONSON, the farewell concert from brassy electronic Mexican big band the NORTEC COLLECTIVE, following a recent stopover at Coachella, British bass music aficionado KODE9, the legendary ADRIAN SHERWOOD and masterful techno maven DANIEL BELL.
Listen to the artists of the EXPÉRIENCE series mixed by Vincent Lemieux here.
Showcases dedicated to emerging experimental creativity, exploring audiovisual, electro acoustic and ambient work
Presented in collaboration with MixGenius, the Salle BWR in the basement of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) hosts MUTEK’s long running, free PLAY showcases. On Friday, the OFFTA and MUTEK join forces to present a program of Belgian and Québec artists (in collaboration with the KIKK festival), and on Saturday a program that takes “retro-tech” and obsolete technology, object-oriented practices as its theme.
A digital technology and music symposium, artist Q&As, panels, presentations, workshops and showrooms
This year the festival has expanded the depth and reach of its free daytime programming at the Phi Centre, which will run from Tuesday, May 26 to Saturday, May 30. Geared towards curious explorers, music enthusiasts, and creative professionals, this crucial component of the festival furthers critical discourse through thoughtful, intimate interviews with artists and creators, hands-on interaction with the latest technologies, workshops dedicated to visual software and practices, industry insights and presentations, and by creating opportunities for the community at large to network and converse.
Beginning on Tuesday, May 26, MUTEK welcomes the Oxford University research project MusDig, as it reports on several years of research into digital technology and its impact on music making practices, with a full day symposium mixing academics and artists.
Once again esteemed media partners, The Wire magazine, Resident Advisor and HOLO Magazine will conduct sessions and live interviews with some of the festival’s most notable performers: SHERWOOD & PINCH, ROBIN FOX, ATOM™, and HIROAKI UMEDA.
Showing off a range of new tech and tools, this year’s technological partners are plentiful, with gear on display from: Roland, Hexinverter, Sputnik Modular, Malekko Heavy Industry, Tiptop Audio, Verbos Electronics, Kilpatrick Audio, littleBits Electronics and Korg. Workshops are offered by Ableton Live, TouchDesigner, Elektron, Verbos, Tiptop and MadMapper. Roland in particular, will be displaying their latest range of instruments all day on Friday, culminating in live demonstration/performance from Montréal’s MATEO MURPHY, a master of their AIRA series of instruments already. And on Saturday, in partnership with MOOG AUDIO, an extensive modular synthesizer showroom will be set up to exhibit the latest modules in the renaissance and rebirth of these machines. Native Instruments will also take charge of a room to unveil their latest tools and devices.
McGill and Concordia University exert a presence this year: The Electronic Music Association of Concordia will host a lecture and question period for students and the public with RICHARD DEVINE and another with Luca Mortellaro (aka LUCY), while Professor Jonathan Sterne, the Chair in Culture and Technology at McGill leads a discussion centered on epiphanies and a creative process informed by technology featuring ROBIN FOX and Steve Goodman (KODE9).
An experiential sonic installation at the Phi Centre, a 5 à 7 collaboration with FTA and a 360 animation in the dome at the SAT
Housed at the Phi Centre during the festival and running until June 11, Steve Goodman (KODE9) and Toby Heys present their experiential sonic installation, film and discussion, Delusions of the Living Dead / DRNE Cartography, a new iteration of their ongoing research as AUDINT (co-presented with DHC/ART). Featuring bespoke subwoofers, directional ultrasonic speakers, and wearable SubPacs, the work is based on their 2014 record/book/print release Martial Hauntology, which explores vibration and the history and future of sound as a weapon.
Teaming up again with the Festival TransAmériques, MUTEK co-presents two eccentric talents from Montréal’s fertile underground for a free 5 à 7 at the Coeur des Sciences on Friday, May 29: YLANG YLANG and FDG -.
On Saturday, May 30 its an immersive and musical brunch (12:00am to 3:00pm - $20 - not included in MUTEK PASSPORT or PASS) presented by the National Film Board of Canada and the Société des arts technologiques (SAT), with the dome version of MUNRO FERGUSON’s seven minute 3D animation inspired by the mythical Greek half man, half bull, MINOTAUR, accompanied by a session of KID KOALA’s Music To Draw To.
For the full schedule, artist biographies, venues, social media and Montréal recommendations, get the MUTEK 2015 mobile app for both iPhone and Android.