Unsound Festival New York runs April 6 - 10, 2011 at Lincoln Center, the Goethe-Institut-Wyoming Building and other venues around New York City. This year the theme explored is "Horror".
The New York edition of Poland's most adventurous music festival returns for a second time with a collection of experimental electronic, new music and multimedia events. This year's festival also continues the engaging East meets West dialogue explored in 2010, including a special series of workshops, discussions and experimental events.
Unsound Festival New York 2011 is presented by Fundacja Tone, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York and the Goethe-Institut New York, in cooperation with Krakow City Council and Krakow Festival Office, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Austrian Cultural Forum, Wordless Music, The Bunker and others.
Making its USA premiere at Unsound Festival is a new Unsound-commissioned project celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication of Krakow writer Stanislaw Lem’s novel Solaris. The project features Ben Frost & Daníel Bjarnasson collaborating with Sinfonietta Cracovia, one of Poland's leading orchestras, with "film manipulations" by Brian Eno and Nick Robertson.
The performance marks the release of the album Music For Solaris, which has its beginnings in both Lem's original novel and the 1972 film adaptation by Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. "It is a re-imagined soundtrack for a film so still as to become almost absent, a story in sound, and an exploration of an interior cosmos. It is music written by human beings, removed and mutated by machine intelligence, then translated once more by human beings."
Other performances include:
There is also a screening of Deconstructing Dad: The Music, Machines, and Mystery of Raymond Scott, directed by Scott's son Stan Warnow. Starting in the 1950s, Scott developed prescient music-making machines, using them in work from TV ad jingles to the three-album set "Soothing Sounds for Baby". Director Warnow will be present for Q&A.
Kiss & Tell presents the Unsound closing party with an exploration of vintage dance music presented by some of the deepest vinyl collectors in NYC. Bethany Benzur, Kiss & Tell's beautiful disco encyclopedia resident DJ, opens. Runaway, aka Marcos Cabral & Jacques Renault, play classic disco alongside their own re-edits and productions. Erika of Ectomorph plays a set of disco, electro and new wave.
Talks and Lectures include:
Marcus Schmickler + CoH In conversation with Andy Battaglia – Schmickler and CoH talk about their similarly refined approaches to extreme sounds. They discuss process, conceptual grounding, and how their work comes out of their respective home countries of Germany and Russia.
Resynthesis: Synthetic Music Exploration Then and Now – Discussion starts with the recent reissue of Harald Grosskopf's classic kosmiche album Synthesist from 1980. Speakers include Grosskopf, his bandmate Axel Manrico and project coordinator Matt Werth. Younger musicians inspired by synth sounds from a future long ago include John Elliot (Emeralds), Laurel Halo and Alexis Georgopoulos (ARP). Moderator: Jordan Redaelli (Electric Independence).
Alan Howarth on Movie Music and Sound, presented with ww.transitionearth.com – Composer and sound-designer Howarth talks about his work on such notable films as Poltergeist, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Trek, The Thing, and many, many more. Presentation to cover how certain unforgettable sound-effects were forged and how they played into movies as big as any ever made.
For more information, visit http://unsound.pl/en/festival/program/schedule/unsound-festival-new-york-2011.
Unsound Festival New York
April 6 - 10, 2011
Alice Tully Hall and
David Rubenstein Atrium
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
70 Lincoln Center Plaza
61 W 62nd Street
New York City
5 East 3rd Street
New York City
plus several other venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn