Electronic music and audiovisual wonders at MUTEK
MUTEK brings electronic music, high-tech creativity and experimental art from around the world to Montréal in a diverse roaster boasting over 100 musicians, producers and audiovisual artists – many in free outdoor shows.
One of Montréal’s most cutting-edge summer festivals, MUTEK moves to August 22-27, adding late-summer heat to the festivities. With on-screen spectacles, immersive sonic artistry and nights of danceable underground techno, MUTEK boldly investigate our world’s digital tendencies. The 18th edition's A/Visions program includes astounding live audiovisual shows by innovators Max Cooper, Robert Henke, Herman Kolgen, Alexandre Burton & Julien Roy, Maxime Corbeil-Perron, Murcof & Jimmy Lakatos, Michela Pelusio & Glenn Vervliet and Lucas Paris.
MUTEK brings Canadian innovators together and exclusive appearances by international artists in several mind-blowing programs. The Inter_Connect London, Mexico and Berlin programs highlight sound sculpture, subversive rhythms and quantum techno, while London's NTS Radio comes to the stage at the new Wilder building in two showcases featuring Beatrice Dillon's electroacoustic experiments, Space Afrika's urban dubscapes, punk-noise-electronics with Shit & Shine, a four-turntable extravaganza from composer Shiva Feshareki, experimental producer Helm, Suuns frontman Ben Shemie and more.
MUTEK's nights of deep listening and serious dancing are legendary. This year: MUTEK welcomes Dan Snaith from Caribou with his experimental house and afro-funk solo project Daphni for a multi-hour set at Métropolis on Wednesday night; Red Bull Music Academy co-programs Thursday at Métropolis with the heady Drone Activity in Progress night and and Friday with wild contemporary techno by Demora, Polar Inertia, Aurora Halal and Surgeon with Lady Starlight. Saturday at Métropolis marks the festival's longest night, featuring an exclusive visit from Perlon label head Zip, along with Berlin duo Dewalta & Shannon, Dutch duo Detroit Swindle and more. And closing night brings two spheres of music together: ambient, rhythmic compositional works in the Satosphère dome by Murcof, Kara-Lis Coverdale and others, and globally-tuned polyrhythmic techno and house with Nicola Cruz, Africaine 808, and Kuniyuki and more artists.
Relax under the sun or dance to your heart’s content every afternoon on the Esplanade of Place des Arts. Part of the official celebrations of Montréal’s 375th, MUTEK’s EXPERIENCE outdoor stage welcomes astonishing producers from London, Mexico City (including N.A.A.F.I artists), Barcelona and Berlin, starting in the late afternoon and playing until 11 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Food trucks, chillout furniture and a special MUTEK beer by Brasserie Harricana and a collab with the Festival Mode & Design add to the summer vibes. Plus on Sunday at Parc Jean-Drapeau: a MUTEK-curated afternoon at Piknic Electronik.
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Hear more about the hands-on digital creative process in MUTEK's DIGI_SECTION free daytime program, featuring interview Q&As with musicians and other artists, panel discussions, presentations and technical workshops. With so much to take in at MUTEK, go early, stay late and discover the next level in electronic music and art.
Robyn Fadden, blogger
Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.
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