Unsound Festival, Thursday October 13, 2011

Attended the second of two days of ICAS meetings, and learned of some really interesting projects. In particular I found the presentations by Julia Koviasina & Victor Kamenetsky of Foundamental (Minsk, Belarus), Nini Palavandishvili of Geoair (Tbilisi, Georgia), and Andres Löo of Stalker (Tallinn, Estonia) all compelling and inspiring.

After the meeting I caught a bit of Steve Goodman's (aka Kode 9) brief presentation (pictured below) on his collaborative project with MFO, an homage/reimagining of Chris Marker’s classic science fiction film La Jetée.


Later than evening, the highly anticipated performances at St. Katherine’s Cathedral with Deaf Center, and Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer with Christian Wallumrød drew the largest attendance for the festival thus far.

Deaf Center began the evening with a single 40 minute composition of piano and processed guitar. Below is a clip of their performance. The quality of the video is quite bad, but gives some sense of the interplay between the arc of their piece and the imposing architecture of the venue.

Up next were Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer, accompanied by Christian Wallumrød on piano (pictured at the top of this post), presenting their recent project Re: ECM. Clocking in at an hour, the large number of audience members walking out during the set might suggest it went on a bit too long. Given the exploratory (arguably unfocused) nature of the piece (Villalobos spent most of the time adjusting patches on his modular synthesizer), I am almost inclined to agree, but as the artists worked their way through the material, if because clear that the piece was more about a shared, close listening experience rather than presenting a set of composed pieces or a single, linear project.

I recorded much of the set on a small handheld device, but given the poor quality of the video, I’ve decided to present only the audio. I’ll post that in a separate post later this weekend to give you a sense of the quality of the concert.


This research trip was made possible in part with funds from CEC Artslink.

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