Today, 1st April, the New York leg of the Unsound festival starts, reaching its climax during the next weekend. If you happen to be in New York and you like music that explores unknown spaces, don’t miss out. And if you can’t go but you’re still interested in anything related to convulsive rhythms, contaminated atmospheres, science fiction and terror in modern music, you can always keep watching the series of documentaries PlayTV shot in Krakow late last year, alongside journalist Philip Sherburne, our guide on this voyage to the heart of fear and sound, now live on our PlayTV section.
We already released the first two episodes of “In Search Of The Unsound”, one featuring Demdike Stare and another meeting Mordant Music and Kreng. This time the central figures are Oni Ayhun (in this opening clubbing sequence) and Iceland based Australian musician Ben Frost, the creator of a kind of music where terrifying ambient, noise, drone and metal come together in a ball of energy of extremely high levels. At Unsound Krakow, Frost premiered his new work, “We Don’t Need Other Worlds, We Need Mirrors. Music For Solaris”, composed alongside Daníel Bjarnason, interpreted by an orchestra of 29 musicians and inspired by the classic science-fiction novel “Solaris”, by Stanislaw Lem, adapted for film made by Andrei Tarkovski. That same piece will be performed at Unsound NY on 6th April. Whether on video or live, enjoy.
Unsound Festival New York takes place from 1 to 10 April, at various locations in New York. Tickets are on sale here.Unsound Festival New York is presented by Fundacja Tone, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Goethe-Institut New York, in Cooperation With The Trust For Mutual Understanding, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, City of Krakow, Krakow Festival Office and others.