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MUTEK Announces Final Lineup for 18th Edition

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Canada’s preeminent hub of electronic music and digital creativity turns 18 this year. To mark this monumental year, MUTEK Montréal expands its program and refreshes its commitment to live performance at the intersection of music, visual art and technology. MUTEK also mobilizes its international connections to host four days of programming dedicated to the cultural metropolis of London, Mexico City, Barcelona and Berlin — exploring the contemporaneous and multi-disciplinary links between Montréal and these capitals. The fundamental DNA of the festival continues to express values of discovery, revelation and community, emphasizing premieres, exclusive appearances and artistic ingenuity. Events will take place in the Quartier des spectacles, the Society for Arts and Technology, Monument-National Métropolis, and on the free outdoor stage of the Esplanade de la Place des Arts, August 22-27.

After months of careful deliberation, the 18th edition of MUTEK is finally all dressed up and ready to go. Here is the final program of artist names:

Bambooman (UK) / Beatrice Dillon (UK) / Ben Shemie (CA) / BSCL x Groj (CA) / buffalo MRI (CA) / Christian Olsen (CA) / Dis Fig (US) / ESB (CA) / Flandez (CA) / Forage (CA) / gonima (CA) / Helm (UK) / Imaginary Landscape (CA) / Jonathan Kawchuk (CA) / Lotic (US) / Loose Excursions (CA) / Moma (CA) / N.M.O. (ES/NO) / Ouri (CA) / Pelada (CA) / Racine & Wolski (CA) / Reginald Omas Mamode IV (UK) / OSB (CA) / Revlux™ (CA) / Sarah Farina (DE) / Shit & Shine (UK/US) / Shiva Feshareki (UK) / Stereo _IMG (CA) / Teo Zamudio (CA) / Toboggan (CA) / Tokiomi (CA/JP) / Valeda (CA) / You’re Me Band (CA)

Kicking things off on Friday, August 25, the program wields through so many depths of sound beginning with Beatrice Dillon’s singular, electro-acoustically inclined jazz tweaks and avant-dub styling, to Space Afrika and their slow-stepping, urban dubscapes, finishing off with a punk-noise-electronics mash with a live drummer from Shit & Shine. A cast of compelling local artists are peppered throughout the program — experimental soundscapes from Racine with visuals by Wolski, the live hardware dub-flavored improvisation of duo Loose Excursions (Gene Tellem and Gabriel Reichhold), and the propulsive percussion and collage of Godspeed You! and Aidan Girt as alter ego OSB. That’s just day one!

Saturday’s adventure follows a decidedly avant-garde trajectory that features a four-turntable extravaganza from composer Shiva Feshareki, making waves with her mix of classical and electronic experimentation. Moving onto serenading sounds and fog-like scapes from ambient-experimental producer Helm. Expect effortlessly mixed multitudes of sound elements with sets from local cassette-tape composer buffalo MRI, the John Cage inspired, gramophone, clarinet and audiovisual trio Imaginary Furious and fragile feedback and drone piece from Suuns frontman and composer Ben Shemie.

Closing night unfolds on August 26 as two tandem programs physically and musically are set to inspire. Spatial, ambient composition works engulf the Satosphère in the early evening with soundtracks by Murcof, organic-digital reconfigurings from Kara-Lis Coverdale and sweeping clusters of sound by composer Jonathan Kawchuk — eventually morphing into a delicate set of dub appliqué from You’re Me Band, a web-house hardware set from ESB and a culminating disco-house-jazz hybrid from Harvey Sutherland.

Taking place on the outdoor Esplanade of the Place des Arts adjacent to the MAC, our free outdoor stage presented as part of the official celebrations of Montréal’s 375th privileges artists from London, Mexico City, Barcelona and Berlin and runs Wednesday through Saturday from late afternoon until 11pm. Set up as a gathering and a “taking off place” to discover new artists, there will food trucks, chill-out furniture and a special beer concocted by local Brasserie Harricana called The 18 – MUTEK Pale Ale. The whole Quartier des Spectacles zone will be vibrating with activity as the Festival Mode & Design will be running concurrently — expect a special collaboration to be announced soon.

Individual tickets are on sale here

Next announcement will be on August 9 when MUTEK details the free daytime program hosted by DIGI LAB – stay tuned!

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