Regular PlayGround readers will be familiar with the name Unsound. A week ago we presented you the first of the various episodes of a documentary which was shot last autumn in and around Krakow, featuring the latest edition of the festival, which, based on its ideas and efforts (the Polish festival stands out because of, among other things, it commissions original projects, specifically for Unsound and some of their associated events), has become a mandatory destination for all lovers of risky music. In the eight years of its existence, and always from the margins of the media centres, Unsound has built itself an international reputation equalled by very few.
In February 2010, the organisers of the festival collaborated with Wordless Music, Bunker, Electronic Music Foundation and a series of local partners in the organisation of a sister festival in New York featuring ten days of concerts, DJ sets, projections, seminars and workshops. The event was so successful that there will be a second edition this year.
The second Unsound NY will take place between 1st and 10th April, dividing its activities over more than a dozen spaces in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The line-up is so extensive and exciting that it’s hard to name them all here. As a reference, we’ll tell you that the event will feature sonic installations, projections (such as “MisinforMation”, those ancient public information films set to music by Mordant Music at the request of the British Film Institute; or Murnau’s “Nosferatu” put to music live by Svarte Greiner and Paul Wirkus), seminars (on “aurality, motion and architecture”, amongst other topics), conversations (with Deaf Center), special collaborations (like the one between Taylor Deupree, Richard Kamerman and Lizzi Bougatsos, the singer of Gang Gang Dance), original projections (like “Music For Solaris”, the new soundtrack for the Tarkovski film created by Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnason with the help of Brian Eno and Nick Robertson) and a lot of live music (among others, The Skull Defekts and Daniel Higgs, Demdike Stare, Morton Subotnick, Atom TM, Sepalcure, Spatial, Lone, Kode9, Appleblim, Harald Grosskopf, Carlos Giffoni, Emeralds). Enough reasons to not miss out on Unsound NY.
Festival tickets are available now, detailed information here.