UNSOUND FESTIVAL [ 18th-25th of November ]

13Oct08

This year’s festival celebrates its 6th edition with what is by far our most ambitious program. Across seven days, it will  brings together a range of international artists, many utilizing technology and electronics in their work. But that is not the guiding force in their selection. Unsound is about innovative tendencies, the desire to surprise. We’ll showcase work existing on the borders of different genres: classical, ambient, clubbing and experimental. With radically diverse artists such as Michael Nyman, Max Richter, Skream, Benga, Ben Frost, Xiu Xiu, Pan American, Bruno Pronsato, The Necks and Colleen, we emphasise the new. Several works are commissioned especially for this year’s festival, most notably the Warhol Series, to be taken to New York in 2009. New venues also reflect Unsound’s expanding vision, including a 19th century power station, a gothic church more than 500 years old, the Galicia Jewish Museum and Manggha Museum of Japanese Art & Technology.

SCHEDULE:

[ 18th of November ]

18:00 // Elektrownia Podgórska

Opening Unsound / Michael Nyman’s SUBLIME

World-famous composer Michael Nyman is best known for soundtracks for Peter Greenaway films, as well as Jane Campion’s “The Piano”. For the first time on such a scale, “Sublime” offers another view of this unique artist, revealing a video and sound installation. Michael Nyman

Tickets: By Invitation

-20:06 // Galicia Jewish Museum

Warhol Series 1 – EMPIRE

An 8 hour show, screened and performed at the time Warhol begun shooting “Empire”, his static shot of the Empire State Building throughout a single night.

Hanno Leichtmann
Groupshow
Jan Jelinek
Andrew Pekler

Tickets: Free

[ 19th of November ]

-14:00 // Elektrownia Podgórska \

Michael Nyman’s SUBLIME

World-renowned composer Michael Nyman is best known for his soundtracks for Peter Greenaway films, as well as Jane Campion’s “The Piano”. For the first time on such a large scale, “Sublime” offers another view of this unique artist, revealing his video and sound installation. Open 14:00 – 18:00.

Michael Nyman

Tickets: Free

-18:00 // Galeria F.A.I.T

Installation Opening – Zimmerstreich mit Schlagsahne

Suppose a room’s interior is the resonance body of an instrument. How should the instrument look in order to sound good? An installation that interactively investigate the sound of a room – with and without the participation of an audience. The opening will also feature a live performance by the artists.

Kaspar Koenig & Simon Berz

Tickets: Free

-20:00 // Kino Pod Baranami

Warhol Series 2 – BLOWJOB

Stefan Nemeth (Radian, Lokai) recently released “Film”, mapping a sonic terrain of acoustic and programmed instruments. He is joined by Steven Hess (Pan American) and Martin Siewert (Trapist) to perform a parallel concert made of electronics, percussion and guitar for Warhol’s classic film.

Németh / Hess / Siewert

Tickets: 15 zl

[ 20th of November ]

– 14:00 // Galeria F.A.I.T

Zimmerstreich mit Schlagsahne

Suppose a room’s interior is the resonance body of an instrument. How should the instrument look in order to sound good? An installation that interactively investigate the sound of a room – with and without the participation of an audience. Open 14:00 – 18:00.

Kaspar Koenig & Simon Berz

Tickets: Free

14:00 // Elektrownia Podgórska

Michael Nyman’s SUBLIME

World-renowned composer Michael Nyman is best known for his soundtracks for Peter Greenaway films, as well as Jane Campion’s “The Piano”. For the first time on such a large scale, “Sublime” offers another view of this unique artist, revealing his video and sound installation. Open 14:00 – 18:00.

Tickets: Free

-20:00 // Kino Pod Baranami

Warhol Series 3 – KISS

Warhol’s film Kiss will be screened with a live soundtrack by nsi. – Non Standard Institute – made up of Max Loderbauer (Sun Electric, Chica and the Folder) and Tobias Freund (Pink Elln, Sieg Uber Die Sonne). Loderbauer plays live piano, Freund uses electronics to process the sound.

nsi.

Tickets: 15 zl

[ 21st of November ]

-10:00 // Kino 18

Workshop 1 – Music Journalism Workshop with Philip Sherburne

Phillip Sherburne is one of the world’s best known music journalists, writing on club and electronic music for Pitchfork, The Wire, Earplgug, The New York Times, etc. His workshop will give a perspective on the art of writing about music.

Tickets: Free

-14:00 // Elektrownia Podgórska

Michael Nyman’s SUBLIME

World-renowned composer Michael Nyman is best known for his soundtracks for Peter Greenaway films, as well as Jane Campion’s “The Piano”. For the first time on such a large scale, “Sublime” offers another view of this unique artist, revealing his video and sound installation. Open 14:00 – 18:00.

Tickets: Free

-14:00 // Galeria F.A.I.T

Zimmerstreich mit Schlagsahne

Suppose a room’s interior is the resonance body of an instrument. How should the instrument look in order to sound good? An installation that interactively investigate the sound of a room – with and without the participation of an audience. Open 14:00 – 18:00.

Tickets: Free

-16:00 // Kino 18

Warhol Series 4 – Amos Poe’s Empire II

Empire II has been called a “tone-poem meditation on the city of our dreams”; in it, legendary No Wave filmmaker Amos Poe remakes Warhol’s original film into what looks like a three-hour music video with New York City as the star. The whole film was shot over a year from a window of Poe’s West Village apartment.

Amos Poe

Tickets: Free

-20:00 // Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki Japońskiej Manggha

ELEKTROWNIA DŹWIĘKÓW / SOUND STATION

Małe Instrumenty’s name translates as “Small Instruments”, referring to the hundreds of toys and tiny instruments they usually perform with. For this special show – part concert and part installation – their “small instruments” are combined with huge self-made objects they also utilize to create unique music works.

Małe Instrumenty

Tickets: 20 zl

[ 22nd of November ]

-14:00 // Galeria F.A.I.T

Zimmerstreich mit Schlagsahne

Suppose a room’s interior is the resonance body of an instrument. How should the instrument look in order to sound good? An installation that interactively investigate the sound of a room – with and without the participation of an audience. Open 14:00 – 18:00.

Tickets: Free

-14:00 // Elektrownia Podgórska

Michael Nyman’s SUBLIME

World-renowned composer Michael Nyman is best known for his soundtracks for Peter Greenaway films, as well as Jane Campion’s “The Piano”. For the first time on such a large scale, “Sublime” offers another view of this unique artist, revealing his video and sound installation. Open 14:00 – 18:00.

Tickets: Free

-15:00 // Kino 18

Workshop 2 – Screen Tests Revisted – A Work In Progress

Lillevan explains the process of putting together Screen Tests Revisited, commissioned by Krakow and New York Goethe Institutes, to be performed for the first time in Maggha on Friday 24th. The presentation will involve filming participants for the project.

Tickets: Free

-17:00 // Kino 18

Panel 1 – Connections Project & Belarus

Connections is a project about forming collaborations between Belarus and Western European producers and musicians. Co-curated by scape and Unsound, a compilation of the fruit of this project is to be released in 2009. Some of those involved discuss the project, and the music scene in Belarus.

Tickets: Free

-20:00 // Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki Japońskiej Manggha

SoundScapes 1 – EVOCATIONS

Evocative music intersecting with contemporary audio culture. Legendary Australian trio The Necks use bass, piano and drums to play looping, improvisational pieces. Autistic Daughters graft experimental concepts onto disquieting pop and rock structures. Canadian Mark Templeton fuses guitar, field recordings and sampled audio.

20:00 Mark Templeton

20:40 Autistic Daughters

21:30 The Necks

Tickets: 20 zl

[ 23rd of November ]

-12:00 // Klub RE

Placard Headphone Festival

Placard Headphone Festival has set up all over the world. For the first time, Placard comes to Unsound, to include fresh names from Poland’s electronic and experimental music scenes. Enter Klub Re’s darkened bunker to connect to headphone concerts, simultaneously streamed live on-line. For program and performance times visit http://www.leplacard.org

Tickets: Free

-14:00 // Elektrownia Podgórska

Michael Nyman’s SUBLIME

World-renowned composer Michael Nyman is best known for his soundtracks for Peter Greenaway films, as well as Jane Campion’s “The Piano”. For the first time on such a large scale, “Sublime” offers another view of this unique artist, revealing his video and sound installation. Open 14:00 – 18:00.

Tickets: Free

-14:00 // Galeria F.A.I.T

Zimmerstreich mit Schlagsahne

Suppose a room’s interior is the resonance body of an instrument. How should the instrument look in order to sound good? An installation that interactively investigate the sound of a room – with and without the participation of an audience. Open 14:00 – 18:00.

Tickets: Free

-15:00 // Kino 18

Workshop 3 – Acoustic Instruments in Live Laptop Performance

Mark Templeton explains his method of live performance, involving guitar and laptop.

Tickets: Free

-17:00 // Kino 18

Panel 2 – European and International Cities of Advanced Sound

At MUTEK in Montreal this year 16 music festivals from around the world, including Unsound – representing Krakow – had the founding meeting of ICAS. ECAS is a connected group. Members of ICAS and ECAS discuss why they believe such organizations are needed, and how they help both festivals and cities involved. They will also present their festivals.

Tickets: Free

-20:00 // Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki Japońskiej Manggha

SoundScapes 2 – IMAGINARY SOUNDTRACKS

Two critically acclaimed European musicians releasing on UK’s Fat Cat label utilize piano in different ways, yet linked by their experimentation. Both Richter and Hauschka will bring to Krakow string players, emphasising their classical connections and making these concerts even more memorable.

20:00 Hauschka
21:10 Max Richter

Tickets: 30 zl

-22:00 // Pauza

SoundProof 1 – CIRCUS

Pauza’s cellar club plays host to two groups from the cutting-edge Paris label Circus Company. Noze is among the creators of the new school of French tech-house, fusing dance with jazz, rock and cabaret in an energetic stage show. dOP work in similar terrain, but have an approach to dance music that is all the own. DJs bshosa and Tibor Holoda will bookend the night.

22:00 bshosa (detroitZDRoJ)
23:30 dOP
00:30 Nôze
01:30 Tibor Holoda

Tickets: 20 zl

[ 24th of November ]

-12:00 // Klub RE

Placard Headphone Festival

Placard Headphone Festival has set up all over the world. For the first time, Placard comes to Unsound, to include fresh names from Poland’s electronic and experimental music scenes. Enter Klub Re’s darkened bunker to connect to headphone concerts, simultaneously streamed live on-line. For program and performance times visit http://www.leplacard.org

Tickets: Free

-14:00 // Elektrownia Podgórska

Michael Nyman’s SUBLIME

World-renowned composer Michael Nyman is best known for his soundtracks for Peter Greenaway films, as well as Jane Campion’s “The Piano”. For the first time on such a large scale, “Sublime” offers another view of this unique artist, revealing his video and sound installation. Open 14:00 – 18:00.

Tickets: Free

-14:00 // Galeria F.A.I.T

Zimmerstreich mit Schlagsahne

Suppose a room’s interior is the resonance body of an instrument. How should the instrument look in order to sound good? An installation that interactively investigate the sound of a room – with and without the participation of an audience. Open 14:00 – 18:00.

Tickets: Free

-16:30 // Pauza

Last.FM DJ Team – Set 1

Last.FM is a UK-based Internet radio and music community website with 21 million active users. Using a music recommendation system called “Audioscrobbler” Last.FM builds a profile of each user’s musical taste. A Last.FM DJ team will play a live set using tracks selected from the music profiles of Last.FM users attending Unsound.

Tickets: Free

-17:30 // Kino 18

Panel 3 – Polish Music Festivals & Programming

What are the guiding forces determining how Polish music and audio art festivals create their program? Is there a sense that they cooperate or compete? In a country where the number of summer and autumn festivals sometimes feels like it has reached saturation point, organizers discuss these issues and others.

Tickets: Free

-20:00 // św. Katarzyny / St Katherine’s Church

SoundScapes 3 – IMPOSSIBILITY OF SILENCE

An evening combining legendary and rising names from ambient and experimental music, in the stunning and unexpected setting of St Katherine’s 14th century Gothic church

20:00 Colleen
20:50 Pan American
21:40
Tibor Holoda

Tickets: 30 zl

-22:00 // Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki Japońskiej Manggha

SoundProof 2 – FACTORY

Manggha Museum will be transformed into a two-room club. Room 1 – “Exploding Plastic Inevitable” – will showcase some of the biggest names working in innovative club music, breaking down categories. Room 2 – “The Silver Room” – will be filled with experimental and ambient sounds.

22:30 Jacek Sienkiewicz Presents Recognition ( ROOM 1 )
23:00 Jorge Haro ( ROOM 2 )
23:45 Banabila / Zenial ( ROOM 2 )
00:00 Melchior Productions ( ROOM 1 )
00:15 The Sight Below ( ROOM 2 )
01:00 Bruno Pronsato ( ROOM 1 )
01:15 Jørgen Knudsen ( ROOM 2 )
02:30 Galoppierende Zuversicht ( ROOM 1 )

Visuals: Lillevan

Tickets: 25 zl

-00:00 // Muzeum Sztuki i Techniki Japońskiej Manggha

Warhol Series 5 – Lillevan’s SCREEN TESTS REVISITED

Warhol’s original Screen Tests involved hundreds of portrait films of those visiting his New York Factory. For Screen Tests Revisited Lillevan will film Unsound audiences according to similar aesthetic rules. The results will be remixed live, with Thomas Melchior and Bruno Pronsato performing. Commissioned by Krakow & New York Goethe Institutes.

Visuals: Lillevan

Tickets: Part of FACTORY

[ 25th of November ]

-14:00 // Elektrownia Podgórska

Michael Nyman’s SUBLIME

World-renowned composer Michael Nyman is best known for his soundtracks for Peter Greenaway films, as well as Jane Campion’s “The Piano”. For the first time on such a large scale, “Sublime” offers another view of this unique artist, revealing his video and sound installation. Open 14:00 – 18:00.

Tickets: Free

-14:00 // Galeria F.A.I.T

Zimmerstreich mit Schlagsahne

Suppose a room’s interior is the resonance body of an instrument. How should the instrument look in order to sound good? An installation that interactively investigate the sound of a room – with and without the participation of an audience. Open 14:00 – 18:00.

Tickets: Free

-16:00 // Pauza

Last.FM DJ Team – Set 2

Last.FM is a UK-based Internet radio and music community website with 21 million active users. Using a music recommendation system called “Audioscrobbler” Last.FM builds a profile of each user’s musical taste. A Last.FM DJ team will play a live set using tracks selected from the music profiles of Last.FM users attending Unsound.

Tickets: Free

-20:00 // Klub Studio

DISSOLVING BORDERS & DUBSTEP INVASION

The final day of Unsound unites two different program sections into one. Dissolving Borders presents Xiu Xiu and Fuck Buttons, two bands that create music affected by experimentation, yet reach wider audiences. Dubstep Invasion follows, the biggest showcase of dubstep ever assembled in Poland.

20:00 Fuck Buttons
21:00 Xiu Xiu
22:30 Boxcutter
23:30 Benga
00:45 Skream
02:00 Pinch

Tickets: 40 zl



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