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UNSOUND FESTIVAL NEW YORK PROGRAM


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

7:00PM
ANIMATORS
BAMcinématek
30 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn NY 11217
tel. 718.636.4100
Directions
$10 members, $15 general public

Warsaw jazz/electronics group Baaba will perform a genre-bending live score to a selection of Polish classic animated films. The compilation offers a captivating look into the metaphorical and stylistically rich world of Polish animation from the 50s to the early 70s, incorporating currents in national graphic arts, painting, puppetry and experimental theater.

9:00PM
THE OPTION OF SILENCE
ISSUE Project Room    
110 Livingston St.
(Entrance at 22 Boerum Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Directions
$10 advance / $12 at door

A night of distinctive female artists working with experimental sounds. LA resident Julia Holter and Norway's Jenny Hval both combine avant-garde structures with music at the edge of pop; they also work with explicit lyrics exploring sex and gender, subverting expectations. Holter's "Tragedy" and Hval's "Viscera" were among 2011's best albums. New Yorker Julia Kent performs work for solo cello.

9:00 PM Julia Holter
9:15 PM Julia Kent
10:00 PM Jenny Hval

Thursday, April 19, 2012

6:00PM
Unsound LABS: Artist Talk - Monolake
Presented with The Wire Magazine
Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 E. 3rd St (btw. Bowery & Second Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
tel. 212.439.8700
Directions
Free

German techno artist and co-developer of Ableton Live software Robert Henke discusses his many modes of work with sound. From his home base in Berlin, Henke has made iconic minimal-techno since the mid-90s and continues to refine the form in terms of conceptual approach and presentation, including a Live Surround performance to follow at Unsound on Friday. In conversation with Andy Battaglia.


7:30PM
INTERZONE at TARGET® FREE THURSDAYS
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center
Broadway btw 62nd and 63rd Sts.
New York, NY 10023
Directions
Free - be early!

Two exciting duos exploring the edges of sound, melding psychedelic dub, synth pop, noise and other influences. Peaking Lights fuse a lo-fi sound indebted to Jamaician dub pioneers to rock that reaches beyond to create a rich sonic tapestry, while Poland's LXMP will use percussion and triggered synths to interpret Herbie Hancock's 1983 album "Future Shock.

07:30 PM LXMP
08:30 PM Peaking Lights


11:00 PM
SINGULARITY
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St. (at Thompson St.)
New York, NY 10012
tel. 212.228.4854
Directions
$15 advance / $20 at door

Some of the most celebrated acts working in exploratory realms of music, creating often extreme sounds wherein genres implode, becoming something exciting and new. Norway's Next Life fuses ear-shredding black metal, noise and electronics, Hype Williams combine performance art with bass mutations, and Actress takes dance music to its most experimental limits, turning it in upon itself.

01:15 AM Actress ( LIVE )
11:30 PM Next Life ( LIVE )
12:15 AM Hype Williams ( LIVE )

Friday, April 20, 2012

6:00PM
Unsound LABS: Panel - East of Berlin, Music in External Contexts
Presented with The Wire Magazine
Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 E. 3rd St (btw. Bowery & Second Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
tel. 212.439.8700
Directions
Free

In mind of Unsound's commitment to international exchange, a panel of visiting artists, festival organizers and label heads discuss the makeup of different kinds of music-culture infrastructure, past and present, in Poland, Ukraine and points beyond Western Europe. Featuring Unsound organizer Gosia Plysa and the performing musicians Kotra, Denis Kolokol and Macio Moretti. Moderated by Daphne Carr.

6:00 PM
TRUE HORIZONS
(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St. (at Thompson St.)
New York, NY 10012
tel. 212.228.4854
Directions
$15 advance / $20 at door

Berlin's legendary POLE and LA artist Sun Araw explore very different sounds indebted to dub; while the former works dub basslines into minimal electronic music, the latter warps dub sound into a fusion of afrobeat, psychedelic drone and more. Inner Tube opens, with Mark Mcguire of Emeralds and Spencer Clarke creating a guitair/synth duo inspired by Australian surf movies from the 80s.

07:00 PM Inner Tube
08:00 PM Pole
09:00 PM Sun Araw

10:00 PM
THE BUNKER AT UNSOUND FESTIVAL NEW YORK
WARSAW
Warsaw at Polish National Home
261 Driggs Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
tel. 718.387.0505
Directions
$20 advance

The Bunker presents an impressive program focusing on all LIVE shows. German electronic music titan Monolake will drop jaws with his Live Surround adventure, while UK duo Demdike Stare explore the dark outer-edges of experimental/club music. Brooklyners ITAL and Laurel Halo favor warped, idiosyncratic dance sounds, which attach as well to Chicago's Hieroglyphic Being. Zemi17 opens.

01:50 AM Demdike Stare ( LIVE )
03:00 AM Monolake ( LIVE )
10:00 PM Zemi17 ( LIVE )
11:00 PM Laurel Halo ( LIVE )
11:55 PM ITAL ( LIVE )
12:45 AM Hieroglyphic Being ( LIVE )

Saturday, April 21, 2012

1:00PM
Unsound LABS: Screening of ICON EYE & Discussion
Presented with The Wire Magazine
Film Anthology Archives
32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
tel. 212.505.5181
Directions
$9

ICON EYE documents the travels of Sun Araw to Jamaica to collaborate with legendary dub reggae group The Congos. The film serves as a dream-like companion piece to a new album of intergenerational communion and creation. A post-screening discussion will feature Sun Araw's Cameron Stallones, director Tony Lowe and project producer Matt Werth. Moderated by Andy Battaglia.

3:15PM
Unsound LABS: Presentation
Dave Tompkins on Sustained Decay:
A Natural History of Bass Music in Miami

Presented with The Wire Magazine
Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 E. 3rd St (btw. Bowery & Second Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
tel. 212.439.8700
Directions
Free

Author Dave Tompkins presents a cultural, geological and political history of 80s Miami, propagating from bass. A distortion of terms and technology to recording engineers, “sustained decay” speaks to properties of 808 bass as well as a sub-history of Miami’s foundation and development—from microscopic fossils to man-made beaches, riots and roller-rinks to cocaine and coral reefs.

4:00PM
Unsound LABS Music Program 1
ISSUE Project Room    
110 Livingston St.
(Entrance at 22 Boerum Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Directions

Free

Unsound LABs concerts feature collaborations between musicians of different kinds working together for the first time in a series of unique free performances. Curated to cross borders related to matters of sound and geography, this year's program pairs artists from Eastern Europe and Scandinavia with musicians from the U.S.

04:00 PM Hai Nguyen Dinh & Nondor Neval
04:00 PM Kotra & Black Rain
04:00 PM Zavoloka & Andrea Pensado


4:30PM
Unsound LABS: Presentation
Stefan Betke on the Art of Mastering
Presented with The Wire Magazine
Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 E. 3rd St (btw. Bowery & Second Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
tel. 212.439.8700
Directions
Free

Stefan Betke, fabled figure behind dub-techno act Pole and engineer at Scape Studios in Berlin, discusses his philosophy of mastering with theoretical excursions into the science of sound for analogue and digital formats. Betke will survey his own experience beginning at Dubplates & Mastering and up through his recent acquisition of a Neumann VMS 70 cutting lathe to offer vinyl mastering again.

7:00PM
TRANSGRESSION
presented with The Blackened Music Series
West Park Presbyterian Church
165 West 86th Street
New York, NY 10024
Map
Subway: 1 to 86th Street; A, B, C to 86th Street
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 at door


One of the key festival events sees LA dark ambient overlord Lustmord join forces with Norwegian electronic music pioneer Biosphere. They present the world premiere of the Unsound-commissioned piece TRINITY, exploring the first tests of nuclear weapons in the New Mexico desert. Poland’s Jacaszek opens with his trio, performing haunting works from his new album “Glimmer,” released on Ghostly.

08:00 PM Jacaszek
09:00 PM Biosphere
09:00 PM Lustmord

10:00PM
BASS MUTATIONS
Presented with Dub War and Percussion Lab
Indiescreen
$20 advance / $25 at door

BASS MUTATIONS is a legendary series at both Krakow and NY Unsound. Explore bass music’s latest evolutions with 2562 from the Netherlands and Helsinki's Teeth, both making live U.S debuts. Stateside talent includes Nguzunguzu, Distal and Throwing Snow, while Praveen (of Percussion Lab) performs with Machinedrum in a Sepalcure Live A/V show. DaveQ (of Dub War) opens with a DJ set.

01:00 AM Sepalcure ( LIVE A/V SET )
02:00 AM Distal ( DJ )
03:00 AM 2562 ( LIVE )
04:00 AM Nguzunguzu ( DJ )
05:00 AM DaveQ ( DJ )
11:00 PM Throwing Snow ( DJ )
12:00 AM Teeth ( LIVE )

Sunday, April 22, 2012

1:00 PM
Unsound LABS: Talk - Stuart Argabright
Presented with The Wire Magazine
Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 E. 3rd St (btw. Bowery & Second Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
tel. 212.439.8700
Directions
Free

Stuart Argabright has been a Zelig-like figure in New York since the 80s, when he began work with prescient acts including Ike Yard, Death Comet Crew, Dominatrix and Black Rain. Subjects to be discussed include stalking the East Village of yore, performing with New Order in 81 at the Ukrainian National Home and working with sci-fi writer William Gibson. In conversation with Dave Tompkins.

2:30 PM
Unsound LABS: Presentation
Jeremy Grimshaw on The Music and Mysticism of La Monte Young
Presented with The Wire Magazine
Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 E. 3rd St (btw. Bowery & Second Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
tel. 212.439.8700
Directions
Free

Jeremy Grimshaw gained rare access to reclusive minimalist composer La Monte Young while researching his new book Draw a Straight Line and Follow It. He worked in Young's Tribeca "Dream House" and pored over his archives, before the bond grew contentious and Young disavowed the book. Grimshaw will discuss Young in terms of Vedic mysticism and Mormon esoterica, psychedelia and psychoacoustics.

4:00PM
Unsound LABS: Talk
Biosphere & Lustmord on TRINITY
Presented with The Wire Magazine
Goethe-Institut Wyoming Building
5 E. 3rd St (btw. Bowery & Second Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
tel. 212.439.8700
Directions
Free

For their Unsound-commissioned project "TRINITY," Norwegian electronic-musician Biosphere and LA-based dark-ambient overlord Lustmord traveled to the desert in New Mexico, where they surveyed sites of early nuclear testing around Los Alamos National Laboratory. Here they will talk about their journey—and how it informed the sites and sounds incorporated in their new piece to premiere in New York.

4:00PM
Unsound LABS Music Program 2
ISSUE Project Room    
110 Livingston St.
(Entrance at 22 Boerum Place)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Directions

Free

Unsound LABS concerts feature collaborations between musicians of different kinds working together for the first time in a series of unique free performances. Curated to cross borders related to matters of sound and geography, this year's program pairs artists from Eastern Europe and Scandinavia with musicians from the U.S.

04:00 PM Mark von Hoen & Maria Minerva
04:00 PM Mark McGuire & Bartek Weber
04:00 PM Denis Kolokol/Tomek Choloniewski Duo & Nate Wooley

9:00PM
FADE OUT - UNSOUND FESTIVAL NEW YORK CLOSING PARTY
Glasslands
289 Kent Avenue New York, NY 11211, tel. 718.599.1450
Map
Subway: L to Bedford Avenue 
$10

Unsound's closing party starts with Polish trio Napszyklat's mix of experimental sounds, noise and hip hop - with lyrics in their native tongue. Estonian avant-pop artist Maria Minerva of the Not Not Fun label will perform her first NY show, followed by an eclectic Disco Hermetics DJ set from Sun Araw vs. Heat Wave and Krakow's very own Eltron John. Enjoy!

08:45 PM Napszyklat ( LIVE )
09:30 PM Maria Minerva ( LIVE )
10:15 PM Sun Araw vs. Heat Wave - DJ Set ( DJ )
11:30 PM Eltron John ( DJ )

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