Netaudio 2011 has four sections that will play out across three days next month - live shows, a conference featuring leading thinkers and practitioners to stimulate your thought processes before and after you check out the Sonic Maze (a sound art exhibition curated by Call & Response) and Broadcast - a live webzine presented in partnership with Resonance104.4fm featuring new commissions from Liliane Ljin, Stefan Blomeier and VHS HEAD, coming to internet connections worldwide out of the Roundhouse studios.
The festival will start on Friday 13th May with Robert Piotrowicz and Valerio Tricoli at Cafe OTO in Dalston, E8 (tickets are £6 advance or £8 on the door); Run Sounds will also host an opening party for the festival on the 13th May at dancing spot Apiary Studios n Hackney Road, E2 (£8 advance of £10 on the door); and then on the Sunday 15th you won't want to lie in too long as the free daytime events will kick off at the prestigious Roundhouse, as will the all-day conference which is priced at a respectably reasonable £10 (or £5 concessions) a ticket.
Saving the most exciting until last, however, the main event of the festival will be a rare headline show from Steve Stapleton's Nurse With Wound at KOKO from 7pm on the Sunday. For over thirty years, Stapleton's music and visual art has inspired and intrigued audiences and we have big hopes for what they might bright to the massive KOKO venue in Camden.
Also among the highlights of the festival will be the support slot occupied by Mika Vainio (formerly half of the recently defunct duo Pan Sonic - the act from Finland who produced visceral, intense, industrial-tinged electronic music for labels like Blast First. His solo work follows a similar trajectory - known for its analog warmth and electronic harshness, with homes on labels including Touch, Raster Noton and Mego) and Bruce Gilbert (founder member of punk/post-punk stalwarts Wire and the Mute Records outfit Dome). The pair have been commissioned to produce a one-off special set which will reportedly utilise a range of table-top electronics and live sounds. Austrian band Radian will also appear, as the first act of the night.