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Interviews

Investigation of an artistic process

Copyright : Trung Dung Nguyen Rrose’s performance at Mutek 2015 was the fifth appearance at the festival for this artist of multiple identities. This year, he performed alongside Lucy at Metropolis as her psychedelic and androgynous alter-ego, dressed in a geometrically patterned dress and with an air of David Bowie….

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Our collaborator and electroacoustic-geek, Sylvain Paradis sat down with one of the most recognizable and versatile names in sound design and a true master synthesist; Richard Devine, an electronic force of nature.  When you approach a synth, especially one you’ve never touched before, do you have pre-conceived sounds in…

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Impossible not to notice references to Kraftwerk when watching Robin Fox and Atom™ perform together. With their characteristic robotic aesthetic, digital sound and three coloured lasers, their A/V Double Vision show was the most harmonious duo act of the 2015 Mutek’s edition. For multimedia artist Robin Fox and polyvalent…

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Presented within the A/VISION series of Mutek festival, the Japanese contemporary dancer and choreographer Hiroaki Umeda offered two perfermances: Split Flow and Holistic Strata. The multidisciplinary artist merges his sonic and visual realms to create a confused reality. Using basic technology, the two pieces create impressive optical illusions through the use…

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Piano notes. Drones. Echoed Lullabies. A Poem. A Breath. An Enounter. A Journey. What is the importance of sensitivity in the Album Sleepstep? Could we describe the aestetic of it as romanticism? For me sensitivity is a major element of music in general. When you are sensitive to everything…

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As one of the most anticipated festivals to happen in Montreal, could it be that Mutek is the actualisation of the title “Montreal: Digital Arts Capital”? A hub for electronic music and digital creativity, Mutek welcomes close to one hundred local and international artists each year to create an…

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“Phobos capped my attention long ago, it’s a very strange moon that gravitates anti-clockwise and extremely fast around Mars. There are some points regarding it that are very interesting. For example, at the end of the 1970s a group of Russian scientists conducted analyses and studies regarding Phobos. At…

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Polar Inertia? Paul Virilio, the French urban planner and essayist, and his work Polar Inertia serve as literal inspiration for the band’s name. At the time he was a point of convergence for all our inspirations. His work broaches on the contradiction of a world subjected to a speed…

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INT. POD SPACECRAFT – SPACE DAVID BOWMAN Hello HAL, Do you read me, HAL? HAL Affirmative Dave. I read you. DAVID BOWMAN Open the pod bay doors, HAL. HAL I’m sorry Dave, I’m affraid I can’t do that.   And so Jeff Mills brought us to space. For those…

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Immersed in music since his early childhood and getting his inspirations from the classical, experimental and electronic worlds, Nils Frahm composes music not knowing any limits regarding style, energy or instruments. As comfortable in a concert hall as in the Boiler Room, what Nils teaches us is that there is…

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