International Festival of Digital Creativity and Electronic Music


The MUTEK festival has taken place in Montreal since 2000 and has distinguished itself as an international rendezvous for original and avant-garde programming. In terms of content, the festival’s range strives to be diverse, with interests in both the experimental and the playful sides of digital creativity. MUTEK’s programming intends to create a sonic space that can support innovation in new electronic music and digital art. MUTEK is also in Mexico, Barcelona, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, Dubai and Tokyo.

MUTEK Montreal bursts into bloom with its 19th edition, running August 22 to 26 in the heart of downtown. Since its inception the festival has privileged the presentation of live electronic music and audiovisual performances, underlining the immediacy and ingenuity of contemporary artistic practices that intersect with technology. This edition adds another focus — women in digital arts and electronic music — with a significant representation of female artists in the performance program, along with a special two-day symposium. Renowned for its exceptional presentation standards and a curatorial approach that draws equally from international and national talent, always aiming to deliver revelation and discovery to festival-goers, MUTEK Montreal continues to operate in a human-scale, community-minded context. Get ready for another wild adventure.

With a familiar array of venues creating a circuit of proximity that encourages festival-goers to experience it all — this edition showcases a substantial number of debuts, exclusives and premieres from a wide range of international artists, representing almost a dozen different nationalities.

Aleksi Perälä, the artist formerly known as Ovuca graces MUTEK with his mystical, galactic sonics, built entirely from his invented microtonal tuning system, the Colundi Sequence; rising modular synth sensation, Italian, Caterina Barbieri makes her Canadian debut; Australian Lawrence English delivers his soulful and overwhelming ambient compositions; irreverent tech house stylist Machine Woman takes us on a ride through her subtextual musical narratives; classically trained Scottish artist Lanark Artefax splices his bent arrangements and choral melodies into IDM frames and a dazzling A/V presentation; reggaeton meets moody house in the live set from American DJ Python; British artist Pye Corner Audio unfurls his hauntological, often acidy hues of cinematically inclined electronic music; beloved German producer Moomin debuts a live version of his emotive, chopped-sample house; Freerotation festival founders Steevio & Suzybee make their first North American appearance, improvising a modular set augmented with hand-drawn psychedelic-leaning animations; beautifully situated between sound design and club styles, Spanish electronic savant JASSS has been turning ears inside out with her singular and daring style; Japanese minimalist Akiko Kiyama comes to MUTEK for the first time, presenting her experimental electronic personality; Tolouse Low Trax, the alter ego of Kreidler member Detlef Weinrich, unleashes his slo-mo, leftfield, minimal collage-funk; an Icelandic wind blows through the immersive and musical dub techno of Yagya; Jamaican dancehall deviants Equiknoxx bring reggae twists and singer Shanique Marie to the opening night stage; Italy’s Clap! Clap! makes a splash with his jubilant, jazz-informed, world-wide rhythms and global harvest of found sounds; and, both subtle and gigantic Edna King from Toronto debuts with her low end, trippy techno concoctions.

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