Get Ready for the MUTEK 2011 Weekend!

June 03, 2011
Get Ready for the MUTEK 2011 Weekend!

With two days under out belt, we're ready to take on the legendary MUTEK weekend! Get some rest, eat some food and put on some comfortable shoes, because you won't have an opportunity to slow down till Monday! Techno in the metro, audiovisual showcases at the Salle Pierre-Mercure, all-night Nocturnes, all-day Piknics, 5 à 7s and one grand finale before we cross the finish line. 

To get you primed, here is a complete listing of what to expect between now and Sunday. Make sure to pick up a catalogue or download our custom iPhone app.



Metro Arts 3
In collaboration with STM
4:30pm | Metro Berri UQAM | Free
Local techno producer MATEO MURPHY performs for an unsuspecting rush-hour audience of transit commuters at one of the busiest stations in the Montreal metro system!

Presented by Bande à part, in collaboration with
5pm | Place de la Paix | Free 

A blast of local garage and funky-inspired producers -HISSY FIT, KNOWING LOOKS, and BOWLY- will get our Friday evening underway as we set up for a marathon weekend!

FOODLAB invited chef: STELIO PEROMBELON (Les Cons Servent and Pullman) 

A/Visions 3 - FAB GADGETS
Co-presented by SAT
8pm | Society for Arts and Technology | $25 + tx & sc 

Multimedia arts reign supreme for this third installment of the A/Visions series, where two of today's most exciting technological manipulators unleash their talents within one of the most forward-thinking spaces in North America! Identical, interchangeable, disposable, and mortally serious, locals WOMEN WITH KITCHEN APPLIANCES is variously a sound project, a rock group, a cabaret, a performance collective, an improvisation, an infiltration, an intervention, an installation, a concert, a cacophony, and recipe, and since the spring of 2004, a kitchen certification service. American digital artist TRISTAN PERICH

arrives at MUTEK this year to present a live interpretation of his "1-Bit Symphony", a work of such amplitude and force that its active listening redefines the boundaries of minimalism. British duo SCULPTURE create home-made zoetropic discs - slabs of vinyl illustrated with otherworldly patterns that they play at various speeds and then film to create simultaneous cycles of analogue sound and looping, mind-melting imagery.

Presented by XLR8R, in collaboration with Rdio
11pm | Métropolis | $40 + tx & sc 

The most coveted names in techno take over the Metropolis for what is expected to be a deep and echo-heavy evening. Detroit dub-techno duo DEEPCHORD presents ECHOSPACE arrives for a rare Montreal appearance.MUTEKis incredibly proud to present PLASTIKMAN LIVE on home turf, a concert that constitutes the Canadian premiere of the highly prized audio-visual performance Hawtin originally envisioned for his debut live performance at MUTEK2004. Finally, industrial-strength techno veteran Adam X will be on hand to take us through his TRAVERSABLE WORMHOLE.

Meanwhile, in the Savoy Room we present a line-up of homegrown dub-techno and bass producers on the verge of breaking through: TOMAS JIRKU, KOMODO, SKINNYBONES and XI. Visuals by Cinetik.



Co-presented by Piknic Electronik, in collaboration with
2pm | Parc Jean-Drapeau | $10 + tx & sc 

The most leftfield elements of house music converge for this Saturday afternoon outdoor showcase at Parc Jean-Drapeau! Montreal's THE GULF STREAM get the afternoon underway. Border Community and Ninja Tune recording artis LUKE ABBOTT weaves strange analog sounds into a convulsive and highly rhythmic template designed to move your feet. Young British producer FLOATING POINTS pulls house music into the space-time continuum of soulful disco. The veteran producer TERRY LEE BROWN Jr. tackles Chicago house flavours from a decidedly Teutonic perspective.  

On the second stage, a Montreal roster of new club talents - FOOTPRINTZ, RECIFE, and SIMONCALLEDPETER - hearkens back to a time when house was happier, breaks were beefier, and the beat went on forever.

Experience 4 - SOUND STAGE
Presented by Bande à part, Co-presented by OFFTA, in collaboration with
7pm | Place de la Paix | Free 

In collaboration withOFFTA, a showcase that collects four of the musicians contributing to theMUTATIONSsound walk -OLIVIER ALARY,NAVET CONFIT,DIANNE LABROSSE,MONTAGandDOMINIC VANCESTEING- who will come together on stage to present their more musical and experimental textures.

FOODLAB invited chef: ÉRIC DUPUIS (Taverne Square Dominion) 

Co-produced by SAT, in collaboration with Ville de Montréal's Bureau du Design
10pm | Society for Arts and Technology | Free 

A special evening presented in partnership with the Society for Arts and Technology and Ville de Montréal's Bureau du Design dedicated to the relationship between Berlin, Buenos Aires and Montreal as three of the first cities to be named UNESCO Cities of Design. Argentine audio-visual collective SOL DEL RIO get proceedings underway, followed by the North American premiere of a new collaboration between Canadian dub-techno producer DEADBEAT and German video artist LILLEVAN. Berlin's dub-techno pioneer POLE returns to Montreal for his first MUTEK appearance in six years. The evening then crescendos toward its finale with the digital cumbia of Argentina's CHANCHA VIA CIRCUITO.

Presented by Resident Advisor
11pm | Métropolis | $35 + tx & sc 

Nocturne 4, the central showpiece of theMUTEKexperience returns once again to take festivalgoers right through the night! This year's theme is both edgier and more organic than previous outings, with an emphasis on live-electronics and genre fusion. STEPHEN BEAUPRÉ featuring the BANJO CONSORSIUM warms up the crowd with their high-end brand of funky micro-house. UK jazzy house fusionistsROCKETNUMBERNINEdelve into their locked groove rhythms before being joined onstage byFOUR TETfor an improvisational jam. Austrian live-techno trio and Macro recording artists ELEKTRO GUZZI bring precision to the art of the live band, while Border Community boss JAMES HOLDEN takes us to dawn with his unnerving and often psychedelic take on minimal techno. Visuals by Boris Edelstein, Baillat Cardell & Fils, and Ne1co.

Meanwhile, in the Savoy Room, Vancouver's New Forms Festival touches down in Montreal with a showcase featuring the brightest up-and-coming talents from the West Coast:  BABE RAINBOW, DAEGA SOUND SYSTEM, CALAMALKA, MAX ULIS, MONOLITIUM and MICHAEL RED. Visuals by Peter Hagge.



Co-presented by Piknic Électronik
2pm | Parc Jean-Drapeau | $10 + tx & sc 

For Piknic 2 this year, we're trying something new: the curators spontaneously invite guests from the MUTEK2011 line-up to break out their DJ bags and go to town on an unsuspecting audience!

Co-presented by SAT
10pm | Society for Arts and Technology | $25 + tx & sc 

The grand finale! This year's Nocturne 5 explores the more original variations of house music, starting in first-class fashion with the world premiere of HORROR INC's new live show. Japan's house-music specialist RADIQ arrives atMUTEKfor a North American debut. Cobblestone Jazz's DANUEL TATE steps out from the shadows of his trio for a world-premiere solo performance in support of his Wagon Repair debut album, Mexican Hotbox. Finally, Berlin trio and Perlon recording artists WAREIKA bring their livewire instrumentation to bear on sequences of deep house and techno. Visuals by MA and Cameron Bros.


Full event listings and information is available on the festival website

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