The 16th edition of the electronic music and digital art festival Mutek has unveiled its final wave of 2015 programming. As usual, Mutek is bringing an international array of performers and artists to multiple venues from May 27 to 31. We’ve laid it all out here, but let’s start with the news:
Among today’s announcements is the line-up for Expérience, the free outdoor stage in the Quartier des Spectacles (facing the Maison Symphonique):
May 28 (5 p.m.): CMD, Bassilus, Drol. and Mathew Johnson
May 29 (5 p.m.): Racine, New Balance, Project Pablo, Khotin and OJPB
May 30 (3 p.m.): Lunate, Débruit, Nortec Collective (farewell concert), Moon Buggy, Dewalta & Shannon
May 31 (3 p.m.): Adrian Sherwood, Dan Bell, Kode9 and a surprise guest
Woulg. Photo by Dan Page
Also unveiled today is the Play series in the basement of the MAC (185 Ste-Catherine W.), focusing on experimental audiovisual, electroacoustic and ambient work:
May 29: Play 1 (a coproduction of Mutek and OFFTA, with the collaboration of Belgium’s KIKK festival) features Kara-Lis Coverdale, Ramzi, Different Fountains, Squeaky Lobster and Woulg (the latter presenting the Ring Buffer project).
May 30: Play 2 features Music for Lamps, Herman Kolgen, Bangkok Loops, Trojan Horse of Meaning
Among Mutek’s special projects this year are an experimental sound installation by Kode9 and Toby Heys (together they’re known as Audint) entitled Delusions of the Living Dead, at the Phi Centre from May 27 through June 11. In collaboration with the Festival TransAmériques, Mutek presents a 5à7 on May 29 at UQAM’s Coeur des Sciences featuring what they call “eccentric talents” of the local scene YlangYlang and FDG-. And at the SAT on May 30, from noon to 3 p.m., Mutek and the NFB present Munro Ferguson’s 3D animation Minotaur in the Satosphere, accompanied by a session of Kid Koala’s Music to Draw To event.
Deeper in the Mutek program, the five-day symposium series at Phi Centre (407 St-Pierre) — Digi_Section — presents Oxford University research project MusDig (May 26), sessions and live interviews with Mutek artists by The Wire, Resident Advisor and HOLO Magazine, an extensive gear display culminating in a demonstration and performance by Mateo Murphy (May 29), a modular synthesizer showroom (May 30) and panels led by Factor, International Cities for Advanced Sound, Concordia University’s EMAC and McGill’s Jonathan Sterne.
And of course this is all in addition to the shows that make up the bulk of Mutek’s programming. The following artists will be playing at the MAC, Place des Arts and Metropolis:
Andy Stott, Double Vision presented by Atom & Robin Fox, Atom & Tobias, Boundary, Cobblestone Jazz, BX, James Holden, John Tejada, Kiasmos, Lucy, Millie & Andrea, P.Trafford, Pole & MFO, Richard Devine, Rival Consoles, Prose, Session Victim, Sherwood & Pinch, Steffi and Strategy, Anthony Naples, Basic House, Boomers presented by Billy Dalessandro & Ombossa, Cabaal, Antarctic Takt presented by Dasha Rush, Drew Gragg, Fumiya Tanaka, Gunnar Haslam, Dichotomie presented by Hughes Clément, Jonathan Scherk, Karen Gwyer, Lumisokea, Syntagma presented by Lvis Mejía, Nix presented by Mini & Nelly-Eve Rajotte, Mika Vainio, Patricia, Perfume Advert, Pheek, Réservoir, Seekersinternational, Stärker, Svengalighost, Reflections presented by Takami Nakamoto & Sebastien Benoits, Waveshaper and Skeletal Wires presented by Wiklow.
To get a feel for Mutek, check out this official festival music mix:
For the festival schedule and ticket information, go to Mutek’s website