Unsound Festival NY April 2–6

Based in Krakow, Poland, Unsound brings its fourth festival of electronic ambient weirdness to New York with five days of programming featuring exploratory music from an international network of cities and scenes.  The festival opens April 2, at ISSUE Project Room. Our festival highlights are below:

Unsound Ephemera Installation

Visuals from the Unsound “Ephemera Installation” (Image courtesy Open Ear Music)

Demdike Stare, Michael England, and Sinfonietta Cracovia, April 4, 7pm

UK electronic duo Demdike Stare perform a sound project at the First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, accompanied by  a quintet of string players from Sinfonietta Cracovia.  Visuals by Michael England.  Also on the bill are NYC minimalist/drone master Phill Niblock, playing with Pauline Kim and Conrad Harris; as well as Poland based experimental musician Stara Rzeka, who offers a sound he calls “magical brutalism”.

The Bunker Unsound Edition, April 5, 9pm

At the heart of this evening’s club program at The Wick is legendary German dub-techno duo Porter Ricks (Thomas Köner & Andy Mellwig), who came out of live gig retirement last year. Also appearing is Finland’s Vladislav Delay, an electronic musician who has recorded as Luomo, Sistol, Uusitalo and Conoco. From Brooklyn, fractured house renegade Ital (known for two acclaimed albums on Planet Mu) will be joined by Aurora Halal for a worldwide live debut performance as Ital & Halal, while Leisure Muffin, fresh off releasing his first ever 12-inch single on The Bunker’s new record label, will perform his modular-synth-infected take on kosmische music. Miles, one half of Demdike Stare, will also perform, along with  Norwegian, Le Petit Garçon, making his New York debut.

Ephemera Installation, April 1-6, from noon to 6pm

Bringing together scent and sound, “Ephemera” presents a synesthetic installation of olfactory compositions based on musical resonances and reverberations at Audio Visual Arts (AVA).  Berlin-based Geza Schoen, known for the groundbreaking Escentric Molecules series, created the scents for the project, while the musicians Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, and Steve Goodman (aka Kode9) created sonic raw material, which Schoen then reinterpreted to create three different scents: Noise, Drone, and Bass. Schoen’s scents were then used to guide the development of further sounds.

If that’s not enough for your senses, London-based Manuel Sepulveda and Berlin-based video artist Marcel Weber, have contributed visuals consisting of an evolving pattern silk-screened on materials that reveal different elements under various lights.

More info on all the festival’s programming is available on their website.