UNSOUND + UNSOUND LABS
In its two editions past, UNSOUND FESTIVAL NEW YORK has established a
unique presence on the city’s cultural landscape, with enterprising programs of concerts, club nights, live film-music projects, panel discussions, talks, electronic-music workshops, and more. Along with known and emerging artists from the U.S. and Western Europe, we have also brought to New York talented artists from points more unknown, particularly Eastern Europe. Many of these artists might never be able to travel to New York otherwise, and certainly not to perform at an international project of this kind.
For the festival, we have presented a number of special UNSOUND-commissioned works. Some were developed in Krakow, such as the large-scale musical piece “SOLARIS,” bringing together Ben Frost, Daniel Bjarnason, Brian Eno, and Krakow’s Sinfonietta Cracovia. Others have been engineered in New York, most notably an assemblage of experimental musical collaborations, presentations, talks, tours, and workshops gathered under the banner of UNSOUND LABS. Programs for LABS events have worked to connect artists and engage audiences in a variety of different ways.
UNSOUND LABS has served as the catalyst for exploratory experimental
concerts and curated collaborations between established and emerging
artists, including Günter Müller, Lizzi Bougatsos, Taylor Deupree, Aki
Onda, Anna Zaradny, Z'ev, and The Skull Defekts feat. Daniel Higgs,
and many others.
Likewise, LABS-related talks and presentations have covered subjects including the history of the Vocoder, the development of disco, the evolution of early electronic music in the 1950s, the nature of noise, and more—drawn from the insights of writers, thinkers, and artists including Simon Reynolds, Morton Subotnick, Dave Tompkins, Stephen Vitiello, Marcus Schmickler, Kabir Carter, Vladislav Delay, and numerous others.
Tours of sites in New York so far have included composer La Monte Young's Dream House and the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center.
Video above assembled and edited by Kenzo Niwa for UNSOUND. Music used
is Raime's "This Foundry (Regis Version)," courtesy of Blackest Ever