MUTEK 2010 is finally here! The festivities get underway at 5pm this evening with a last-minute addition to the line-up, the roving Funambus of transportable music, featuring a surprise artist playing an exclusive set live for only those lucky enough to be wearing special headphone sets onsite. An hour later, the night kick's off with the world premiere of STEPHEN BEAUPRÉ's new audio-visual venture "GEMMIFORM" and continue through the next five days with one of the widest-ranging programs this festival has ever assembled under one umbrella.
Each night of the festival, two dazzling expressions of public art presented as part of the Extra_Muros series - PHILIPP GEIST's "TIME DRIFTS" and MELISSA MONGIAT & MOUNA ANDRAOS' "BLOC JAM" - take over central locations of the downtown core at the onset of night, so make sure to drop by the Place des Festivals and UQAM's President Kennedy Pavilion to catch them.
And don't forget that to keep up with all the events, showtimes, and updates, and surprises, download the new MUTEK app onto your iPhone and carry the festival around in the palm of your hand. Here's what you can look forward to over the next 48 hours.
*Please note that all MUTEK 2010 pass-holders must also claim individual tickets for A/Visions showcases the day of the performance, if they wish to attend. Box office will be open as of 11am at the Monument-National.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2ND
Funambus 1 with The Mole 4:30pm - Place de la Paix - Free
Situated opposite the Monument-National, at Place de la Paix, the Funambus will host free performances by international artists, delivered directly to your headsets onsite.This evening's performance features MUTEK veteran, The Mole.
Montreal's GEMMIFORM and VIDEOVOCE comprise the first Experience showcase, which features new audio-visual projects that seek out connections between the intimate and the organic, as well as found sound and visual samples to provoke poetic connections.
Montreal's [THE USER] presents a symphony of dot-matrix printers, NICOLAS BERNIER and MARTIN MESSIER present LA CHAMBRE DES MACHINES, a performance piece inspired by the intonarumori, noise-intoning analogue boxes, and field-recording conceptualists MATMOS co-opt the sonics from an array of early electronic sound-machines.
Kompakt's MATIAS AGUAYO leads a fun-filled and fiery night of contemporary Latin American electronic music. Ostensibly a showcase for his new CÒMEME collective and label, Aguayo holds centre court with his new live band. At the bookends, Chile's DIEGORS and Mexico's REBOLLEDO hold down the decks late into the night.
A creative laboratory of exploratory sounds, former Les Georges Leningrad DOMINIQUE PÉTRIN improvs with independent artist and hypnotist GEORGES REBBOH. ALEXANDRE ST. ONGE meets spontaneously with 2 IMPATIENTS and thereminist FRANK MARTEL. Percussionist PIERRE TANGUAY confronts the electronic gadgery of FILTEAU and the media sound art of CHRISTIAN RICHER. Topping it all off, veteran American tape-looper JASON LESCALLEET.
A full day of panels, Q&A's, and workshops gets rolling in the late morning, featuring in-depth interviews with MATMOS and KEVIN MARTIN (King Midas Sound, The Bug, Techno Animal), and many other free events. Details here.
Funambus 2 5pm - Place de la Paix - Free
Situated opposite the Monument-National, at Place de la Paix, the Funambus will host free performances by international artists, delivered directly to your headsets onsite. Thursday's guest artist will be announced the morning of, stay tuned!
Featuring the ambient loops of IF THEN DO, the laptop glitch of SÉBASTIAN CLICHE, and the sloping drones of Alien8/Oral's AUN, Experience 2 unites homegrown digital experimentation through abstract explorations of improbable relationships between sound, image and movement.
A/Visions 2 - The Cult of Longer Memories 8pm - Monument-National Theatre - $25 (+tx & sc)
In collaboration with influential music monthly The Wire, this showcase brings together Montreal's FREIDA ABTAN, UK hauntology figurehead THE CARETAKER, and dark-ambient legends NURSE WITH WOUND for an exclusive Canadian engagement.
Radically connecting disparate points of musical discourse, Wagon Repair's HRDVSION, the UK's JON HOPKINS, veteran Cologne post-everything duo MOUSE ON MARS and Norfolk's NATHAN FAKE surfs the crowd across choppy melodic waves of intelligent technicoloured maximalism. The Savoy room will be twitching and turning with performances by a contingent of homegrown, tech and house producers: MOSSA, CHRIS HRENO, and BOWLY.
Focusing on the spectrum of fragile music and the art of active listening, combinations of regional experimental artists come together to evolve the theme of quiet music. Combos include BERNARDINO FEMMINIELLI, RANDOM TRANSFER, and JOSHUA BONNETTA; ÆLAB's STePHANE CLAUDE, acoustics-theoretician PHILIPPE-AUBERT GAUTHIER, and percussionist DEBASHIS SINHA; JEAN-PIERRE AUBÉ and HERMAN KOLGEN; and finally, Touch/Important recording artist ELEH.
BOX OFFICE INFORMATION
MUTEK tickets and passes are available online on the festival website and are also available at the following local outlets:
MUTEK BOX OFFICE MONUMENT-NATIONAL (open as of May 31) 1182 boulevard Saint-Laurent 514-621-6883
ATOM HEART 364-B Sherbrooke St East 514-843-8484
MOOG AUDIO 3828 Saint-Laurent Blvd 514-284-7434
PASSPORTS, PACKAGES AND DAY PASSES
MUTEK FESTIVAL PASSPORT | $210 + tx and s.c. WEEKEND PASS | $130 + tx and s.c. WEEKEND « LIGHT » PASS | $95 + tx and s.c.
A/VISIONS PASS | $75 + tx and s.c. NOCTURNE TRIO | $75 + tx and s.c.
DAY PASS 1 (JUNE 2) | $40 + tx and s.c. DAY PASS 2 (JUNE 3) | $45 + tx and s.c. DAY PASS 3 (JUNE 4) | $50 + tx and s.c. DAY PASS 4 (JUNE 5) | $55 + tx and s.c. DAY PASS 5 (JUNE 6) | $27 + tx and s.c.
Can't make it down to Montreal for MUTEK this year? Then listen to several of the performances in real time, as they happen, courtesy of out friends at AWDIO. AWDIO will be streaming live from NOCTURNES 1, 2, 3 & 4, making this the best way to experience MUTEK if you can't physically be here. Go to awdio.com for more details.
Like the event it decorates, this year's set has been refined to a choice eleven tracks that take you on a wide-ranging journey, touching upon your every mood, just like a good mix tape from one of your best friends. We've gone ahead and provided you with almost entirely exclusive tracks, adding those minor touches of intimacy to your earbud experience, and all for under $10 CAD!
Fully digital and available on the MUTEK website, the MUTEK 2010 compliation features tracks by:
BEN FROST NICOLAS JAAR SMIRK SAN PROPER KONQUE MOSSA MINILOGUE JACEK SIENKIEWICZ BRANDT BRAUER FRICK DJ KOZE PIMMON
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS SUBMIT A WORK IN PROGRESS TO SHARE AT THE ABLETON WORKSHOP!
See Ableton Live in action at this interactive workshop, where Montreal mainstay PHEEK (Archipel) will present his methods for using the software and using your tracks as examples!
Bring your own Ableton project in process to share with PHEEK and other participants during the workshop (Live version 8, no effects, on USB key).
The workshop takes place on Friday June 4, 1pm, at the Monument-National. Entrance is first come first serve, so be sure to arrive early!
LIVE FROM MUTEK 2010
For those that couldn't join us this year, stay connected through our Flickr, Twitter andDel.icio.us updates on our festival site, as we journey through five days of unforgettable performances, countless exclusives, and plenty of other thrills along the way.
Just a reminder to those of you tweeting about your MUTEK experience to add a hashtag to your tweets (#mutek). This will help us group all MUTEK-related comments to better receive your comments and feedback.
Today we revert back to the MUTEKLIVE podcast series, digging up MOSSA's live set from his MUTEK 2008 appearance. Get a feel for what this artist is all about, and then hear his live performance at tomorrow's Nocturne 2, where he will undoubtedly treat you to a live set rife with material from his new album, Festine, released in March 2010.
A warm thank you to the following partners for their general and ongoing support: le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, le Ministère du Tourisme du Québec, le Ministère des Affaires Municipales, des Régions et de l'Occupation du territoire du Québec, le Ministère de la Culture, des communications et de la condition féminine du Québec, le Partenariat du Quartier des Spectacles, le Conseil des arts de Montréal, the City of Montréal, the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Musicaction, Tourisme Montréal, the Goethe-Institut, the British Council, le Consulat général de France au Québec, Initiative Musik, MusicExport Cologne, Australian Council for the Arts and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.
The organization is particularly grateful to the media and private partners that support the MUTEK 2010 festival: Solotech, Ubisoft, la Société des alcools du Québec, la Société des transports de Montréal, Astral Media, Sidlee, Via Rail Canada, the Society for Arts and Technology, Bande à Part, Moog Audio, Serato, Roland, Ableton, Greencopper, Archambault, l'UQAM, le Monument National, le Club Soda, le Métropolis, Piknic Électronik, Ticketpro, le Laïka, le M!STO, Belle Gueule, Guru, atelier b., Resident Advisor, Dose.ca, The Wire, Fact, Exclaim!, NOW, Tsugi, XLR8R, Awdio, Cyberpresse, 33mag, Nightlife, Mirror, Midnight Poutine, Soundbeat mag, 101,5 Radio Montréal, CKUT, CISM.