We Love Montreal: Pre-MUTEK Warper Party and Open Lab, Tuesday 5/26

MUTEK this year looks to be a tremendous few days of audiovisual performance and art. To get in the mood one day early, we’re working with our friends at New York’s eclectic monthly live electronic party to host a special Montreal edition of Warper. It’s a convergence of New York and Montreal artists (full lineup below), running a full twelve hours. It’ll be totally free (donations welcome), with a cash bar available all day and night. RSVP on Facebook http://warperparty.com/ A big thanks to Jazz Mutant, makers of the OSC-driven, multi-touch controllers Lemur and Dexter, for their support. I’ll be …

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MUTEK Line-Up, Showcases: Incredible Audiovisualism Coming, CDM Montreal-Bound

MUTEK, a half decade ago. The goodness continues. Photo: Britta Frahm. We’re inundated with event info, and one of my general rules is to avoid lots of event listings. But the lineup for famed audiovisual fest MUTEK looks simply epic. Highlights, just for a taste: Moderat. Apparat and Modeselektor. Like peanut butter and chocolate. AVISIONS looks, as always, like an essential event in audiovisualism. Wolfgang Voigt will present GAS and Herman Kolgen has a new piece. For the first time, Club Transmediale gets its own showcase. An unusually eclectic lineup adds dub, acoustic-electronic, and cross-genre collaboration. Robert Henke (Monolake) and …

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Interview: Geeking Out with Fennesz on Sound and Performance

Fennesz at Mutek‭ ‬2008 Fennesz and Lillevan at Mutek 2008 from Create Digital Media on Vimeo. I met with Christian Fennesz and video artist Lillevan in the green room of the Theatre de Nouveau Monde, where they would be performing together at A/Visions 3. Fennesz had no idea what visuals Lillevan would be using that evening, but they say they have known each other for a long time and there is an element of trust there. The trust was well placed because their performance was lovely and memorable, often using oceanic and watery themes projected over the top of both …

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More from Mutek: Tech and Gear Spottings, Ecology and the Planet

Liz and Peter Dines continue to send dispatches from the epic MUTEK festival in Montreal. Stay tuned to our events.createdigitalmusic.com page for the latest. Among the new reports: various Reaktor spottings among artists, insane turntable abuse, and even a discussion of how arts events can reduce their impact on the planet. (Oddly enough, that last panel evidently included Dan Seligman, with whom I worked at the Sierra Club on international trade and human rights issues in another life of mine.) Check out the ongoing MUTEK coverage while we wait for Liz and Peter to finish off their stack of interviews …

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Audiovisualism Flourishes at Mutek; Interview with Rechenzentrum

Rechenzentrum at Mutek 2008 2 from Create Digital Media on Vimeo. Far from randomly throwing some VJs in the background with music, there are some cases in which musician and visualist build a real relationship — just the sort of thing we care about here. CDM writers Liz and Peter Dines have been roaming the MUTEK festival in Montreal, and their dispatches and interviews are starting to come in. The word: audiovisualism is thriving. Check out all the reports as they come in at our new “events” site, which we launched last week and we hope will grow into a …

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Interview: Rechenzentrum, A/V Duo at Mutek

CDM has ongoing coverage from the Mutek festival; see more dispatches at events.createdigitalmusic.com. Liz talks to A/V duo Rechenzentrum for CDM — and there’s a bit of a revelation at the end of the interview. -Ed. Rechenzentrum, which means “data processing center” in German, is a Berlin-based duo who create live audio-visual performances by combining austere film visuals with their own brand of minimal techno, fusing elements of jazz, dub, and early industrial. Marc Wieser handles the music half while Lillevan navigates the visual landscape. Their 2003 DVD release Director’s Cut, originally out on Mille Plateaux, went on to win …

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Live Inspiration: Latest from Mutek, Movement Music + Visual Festivals

Photo: Peter Dines for CDM. CDM’s Peter Dines and Liz McLean Knight (Liz literally on her honeymoon) are keeping us posted with the latest events from Detroit’s Movement and Montreal’s MUTEK festivals. You can keep track of their travels and live impressions on our new CDM events blog, and I look forward to some artist interviews planned with some of our favorite people, coming soon. So far, Peter is getting his synesthesia on with live audio and visuals at A/Visions, while Liz notes the spooky near-ubiquity of UC-33e controllers running Ableton Live at Movement. (Guess they need to invite us …

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