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Unsound 2011

Host of new names

Two months before its celebration, the line-up of the Polish Unsound festival is shaping up to be one of the most attractive collections of the year, a true feast of sounds aimed at those who love everything that goes beyond pop, whether that be new dance rhythms, laid-back electronica, neo-classical hybrids, noise explorations and many other different experimental sounds. This year's festival theme is ‘ Future Shock!’, and some names were confirmed earlier this year, such as Morton Subotnick (revisiting their classic ‘Silver Apples of The Moon’ accompanied by visuals by Lillevan), Ricardo Villalobos- Max Loderbauer (in their second presentation of of “RE:ECM”, their collection of reinterpretations of the ECM catalogue), Chris & Cosey, Kode9, The Caretaker, Joy Orbison, Kassem Mosse, Addison Groove, Dylan Ettinger, Deaf Center, Hype Williams, Ital and Sun Araw, among many others. Yesterday, Unsound announced some new details on two levels. On one hand, the festival updated its website, including new and detailed information about the majority of the events on the program. Furthermore, the organisation of the festival revealed some new names that add more value to an already very interesting line-up. As one of the latest developments in dance rhythms, footwork/juke had to have a space at Unsound. And so it is: two of the spearheads of the Chicago scene are coming to Krakow: DJ Rashad and DJ Spinn. An avid fan of the hyperkinetic energy of juke, American born Travis Stewart will be at Unsound as well, twice, introducing his acclaimed, ‘Room(s)’ (Planet Mu, 2011) as Machinedrum, and seducing the audience with the magnificent frequencies of Sepalcure (the project he shares with Praveen Sharma, alias Braille). LA label Not Not Fun and its sister label 100% Silk, two of the most talked about brands in the past few months, will be present at Unsound as well. To the already confirmed performances of Ital, Sex Worker and Dylan Ettinger we can add those of LA Vampires (live and DJ set), Maria Minerva and Magic Touch. The list of confirmations is completed with the psychedelic folk drone of French combo Natural Snow Buildings, the cosmic explorations of Emeralds guitarist Mark Mcguire, the tiny and lethargic machine pop of Australian outfit HTRK, the avant-house of Viennese Tin Man, and the future garage of Finnish Teeth. A special mention for the Polish artists on the festival. Tech-house duo Catz n Dogs and their friends SLG will be representing young label Pets Recordings. Sentel will wave the flag of the local bass scene, Niwea will be showing off their mix of cold wave and nineties hip-hop, and Anna Suda, alias An On Bast, will be performing her IDM and techno backed by visuals by Phovid. In the special Unsound-commissioned projects department, Polish threesome Napszyklat (halfway between hip-hop, noise and dark electronica) are cooking up something with Americans iconAclass and MC Dälek. Polish outfit LXMP (Macio Moretti & Piotr Zabrodzki) will reinterpret Herbie Hancock's ‘Future Shock’ album using a bass guitar, drums and a Korg MS-20. Moretti will also be present on the opening night, collaborating with retro-futurist weirdo Felix Kubin on a live soundtrack for the film ‘Oj, Nie Mog? Si? Zatrzyma?!’ (1924, dir. Zbigniew Rybczy?ski). The Generator Analogue Orchestra (an analogue synthesiser ensemble led by Wojcek Czern) will do a live soundtrack for silent film ‘Aelitta, Queen of Mars’ (1924, dir. Yakov Protazanov), the Sinfonietta Cracovia will be playing pieces by Henryk Miko?aj Górecki and Arvo Pärt. Meanwhile, A Winged Victory For The Sullen (the new project by Adam Wiltzie, from Stars Of The Lid, and Dustin O'Halloran) will complete a batch of performances, “especially for Unsound”. Unsound 2011 will take place between 9th and 16th October on several locations in Krakow, Poland. You can get your tickets here.

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