Last week Ouri announced a small tour in November, which will culminate with her presentation in Nocturne 2 in Edition 16, after events in Canada, the US, and Italy. The announcement was accompanied by the launch of a remix of a track by the Belgian producer Locked Groove as part of the extended edition of Sunset Service, which also includes remixes by Scuba and Alan Fitzpatrick, among other artists.
> The edition of remixes and alternate versions of S.L.F. by Aisha Devi has arrived
This Friday the complete collection of remixes and alternate versions of S.L,F., the most recent EP by Aisha Devi, was released, including 33EMYBW and Gabber Modus Operandi. She had already launched two singles as a teaser, Varg’s version of “I’m not always where my body is” and “The Favor of fire” a few days ago, remixed by Equiknoxx. Aisha Devi will present her most recent live set as part of Nocturne 1 in Edition 16.
> Recommended reading: Sougwen Chung and Refik Anadol, two of seven artists who are defining art with Artificial Intelligence
According to the website Interesting Engineering we are entering a Golden Age of art created through Artificial Intelligence. In this fascinating piece, which functions as an excellent introduction to the past and present of the relationship between creativity and technology, they listed seven international artists who are calling attention to this theme with their pieces, not just through the aesthetic result and their technical processes, but also through philosophy and controversy. Sougwen Chung, who is being presented as part of Nocturne 1 in Edition 16, leads the list, which also includes Refik Anadol, who will be presenting the installation Melting Memories during the two nights in Fábrica:
Rudistas, Circular and Plasti.CO: our allies for an environmentally responsible festival.
This year MUTEK MX will collaborate with platforms focused on reducing the environmental impact of large-scale events, promoting co-responsibility between the attendants and organizers. These are our environmental sustainability actions and the steps we’re taking towards being a sustainable festival in collaboration with our allies:
→ Rudistas will compensate the carbon footprint and CO2 emissions resulting from the festival’s activities by investing directly in farmer communities in the state of Querétaro.
Forests are the most powerful carbon capturing systems. By transforming land used for stockbreeding, aggressive agriculture, wood cutting or urban developments into Naturally Regenerating areas, we can contribute to the compensation of carbon emissions coming from urban areas. In order to decrease the impact of the festival’s activities, we collaborate with Rudistas, a platform in charge of measuring the festival’s carbon footprint, contributing to compensation through an endeavor that follows theNAMAS (Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action) protocol.
A percentage of your ticket will be used to compensate the carbon footprint caused by the festival, allowing Rudistas to work directly in farming communities and ranches of the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro in the transformation of their lands into naturally regenerating areas by providing technology, direct financing and implementation of sustainable practices that allow the local communities to profit from the land.
→ We will have Reusable Cups made with recycled plastic at Nocturne 1 and 2.
With reusable cups made byCircular we will fully eliminate the use of disposable glasses for drinks. You will have two options: being reimbursed for your reusable cup before the end of our Nocturne events (the cup has a price of $30 MXN) or keep it as a memory from MUTEK MX.
→ Together with Plasti.CO we will have optimal handling of our residue.
This platform will be in charge of checking our facilities and training of all of the festival’s staff to have the maximum reduction of disposable plastics and materials, thus having an optimal collection of residue and recycling as much as possible. If you are interested in knowing more practices to eliminate the use of plastics and having less garbage in your everyday life, Plasti.CO has great tips in theirdigital channels.
Decreasing our environmental impact is everyone’s responsibility. Thanks for enjoying MUTEK MX responsibly.
Mr.Trip, as Sebastian Mullaert is fondly known at the label Siamese!, recently launched a new EP that confirms that his hypnotic, deep, and meditative style continues in full form for the dancefloor. Lighthouse 612 is now available for streaming and in physical formats, to get you into the groove before the six-hour set that Sebastian will offer alongside Dorisburg, Frank Wiedemann and Mathew Jonson as Circle Of Live.
For Joanie Lemercier, an artist who creates through light, the universe is an inexhaustible source of inspiration. Many of his most iconic installations and immersive pieces are inspired by that which exists farthest from our planet, as is the case with Nebulae, the immersive piece that will be presented in MUTEK MX with music by Joshua Sabin, and with Constellations, the mega installation using light projected on water particles, which astonished the audience at Fjord Oslo Festival this weekend.
Constellations is a piece that fascinates not only for it’s impactful final result, but also because it’s only possible when realized at a large body of water. For this work, Joanie developed a light refraction mechanism across particles of water that gives shape to intangible structures in constant movement. this experience can be enjoyed again January 2020 in London, but before that we can enjoy the fraction of the universe that Joanie brings us at Domodigital of the Papalote Museo del Niño as part of the program of A/Visions 1.
> Watch Kelly Moran at the piano with FKA Twigs live on Jimmy Fallon
Before the release of Magdalene, available this Friday, FKA Twigs premiered a live version of “Cellophane”, the first single, on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. The performance featured guests Lucinda Chua on cello and our dear Kelly Moran on piano. In this special participation we can see the sensibility of Kelly merge with the delicate emotional work of FKA Twigs in a ballad full of minimalist drama, a sweet pop teaser before her arrival at MUTEK MX to present her Grand Piano A/V in A/Visions 2, sharing the bill with Apparat and Pétra.
In MUTEK MX Recommends you’ll find the most recent news, activities, and pieces from the community that makes the festival one of the most exciting experiences of the year.
This is what’s happening October 29 through November 3 on the path to MUTEK MX Edition 16:
> The winners of the 2019 Lumen coming to our 16th Edition:
One week ago the winners of the 2019 Lumen Prize were announced, and we’re proud to share that in Edition 16 you will be able to enjoy the incredible work of three of the winners: Refik Anadol, Sougwen Chung, and Cassie McQuater, frequent collaborator of Kelly Moran:
Refik Anadol: Winner of the Gold Award with Melting Memories, the installation that you will be able to enjoy in Fábrica on Friday, November 22, and Saturday, November 23. The Gold Award is the highest acknowledgement awarded each year, and recognizes the most innovative and impactful piece, independent of the category of the work.
Sougwen Chung: Winner of the Still Image Award with the performance piece Drawing Operations. Sougwen will present a new live A/V on Saturday, November 23 during Nocturne 2:
Cassie McQuater: Winner of the Moving Image Award with Love Birds, Night Birds, Devil-Birds, the video she created for the song of the same name, included in the magnificent Origin EP (Warp, 2019) of Kelly Moran. Cassie is also one of the visual collaborators for Grand Piano A/V, the performance by Kelly that we will enjoy on Sunday, November 24 at Auditorio BlackBerry:
> Epistasis by Maria W Horn is now available on vinyl and for streaming
A few days ago Maria W Horn launched her second album, Epistasis, through the label Hallow Ground. In this collection of four pieces originally composed for a live A/V multichannel that was premiered in 2018 at the Royal College of Music in Stockholm, Maria W Horn extends her radical exploration in composition to mixing methods of the avant garde and a string section with electronic techniques and digital manipulation. Epistasis can be heard in its entirety on digital platforms and is available on vinyl. Remember that Maria W Horn is part of the lineup of Nocturne 2.
> New album from Overmono. Listen to the first single.
After an intense start of the year as part of festivals in Europe and North America and two brilliant EP’s launched in 2018, the brothers Ed and Tim Russell (known and Tessela and Truss, respectively) have finally announced a new full length that will be released through their own label, Poly Kicks. We will be able to hear Poly011 in full on November 1, and in the meantime you can dance to the first track and get your ticket to see Overmono live in MUTEK MX inNocturne 1.
“I produce a mix the way I would produce a live set, explicitly narrative and personal. I like to set up atmospheres, locations, characters, drama and a bit of a teaching too. A kind of a Greek tragedy“ says Aïsha Devi of this mix that is also the perfect teaser for her live set as part of the lineup of Nocturne 1. Read the full interview here:
Two of the artists from Edition 16 who show the creative possibilities of machines and artificial intelligence, Sougwen ChungandRefik Anadol, may receive the 2019 Lumen Prize in their respective categories; the winners will be announced this Thursday, October 24th, at the Barbican Centre in London, and from MUTEK MX, we would bet on both taking the prize.
Last week Refik Anadol received the Lorenzo il Magnifico award at the Florence Biennial in recognition of his trajectory, and mega-installation Machine Hallucinations in ARTECHOUSE in NY continues receiving praise in the press. Refik is nominated in the Moving Image category for his installation Melting Memories, the very same work that forms part of the immersive experience of Nocturne 1 and 2 in Edition 16. The artists Cassie McQuarter, Anouk Kruithof, Clea T. Waite, Nicolas Sassoon, Ruini Shi, Patxi Araujo and Leonhard Müllner & Robin Klengel are also nominated in this category.
Sougwen Chung, for her part, and her piece Drawing Operations, compete in the category Still Image, which combines a variety of visuales pieces resulting from a process or performance linked with technology or digital tools. This year Sougwen has been part of the creative direction of vanguard festivals such as Grey Area Festival and Alpha-ville, while her processes of experimentation in fine arts, robotics, AI, and performance have continued to inspire in her participation in the 2019 Simposium of AI Now Institute and TED Mumbai. She received one of her most recept awards just days ago in Monaco, Italy, where she was named the Woman of the Year in the category of Art and Science 2019. The artists Stefan Gant, Nye Thompson, Max Colson, Eric Fong and Bang Geul Han are also nominated in the Still Image category. Sougwen will be presented in Nocturne 2.
The Lumen Prize, which has been awarded since 2012, is one of the most globally important recognitions of artists working at the meeting point of art and technology. In this year’s panel of judges are representatives of institutions such as Tate Modern, China’s Central Academy of Fine Arts, and Goldsmith’s University.
Just one week before announcing DiegoVázquez aka Un rêve as part of the Third Wave of Artists of Edition 16, the vinyl version of Como árboles al cielo… encuentro (OTONO, VAA, Gravy Records, 2019), his new record, was presented as a special session in Teatro Lúcido, which also included an artist talk. Como árboles al cielo… encuentro marks a significant moment in the trajectory of Unrêve, mastered by Taylor Deupree, who has worked with musicians who have strongly influenced Diego’s work, from William Basinski to Ryuichi Sakamoto. We will be able to hear Como árboles al cielo… encuentro live in its entirety en Edition 16, and you will also be able to find the record in the racks of Fhauna during Nocturne 1and2.
> Techno ready to burn: new track by Deadbeat with T.Raumschmiere.
After launching the beautiful and delicate Trinity Thirty (Constellation, 2019), a tribute to the band Cowboy Junkies with the artist and singer Fatima Camara, Deadbeat has fully immersed himself in a reintroduction with techno and beats ready for the club. There are the tracks from Jacks and slow dances EP (Visionquest Music, 2019) and, now, a new track with T.Raumschmiere for the compilation SOUVENIR#100 on Souvenir Music. The track “Masters of Disaster”, the name that T.Raumschimere and Deadbeat have also signed to a couple of releases, strongly marks the hard rhythms that Deadbeat will bring to the floor of Nocturne 2 this Edition 16.
If you haven’t heard Trinity Thirty we definitely recommend it: it’s Deadbeat’s smoothest and most pop side, exploring downtempo, dreambeats, and for the first time… singing. It’s a gem.
New music from Maria W Horn and Sol Oosel, DJ Lag in Boiler Room. The return of Varg to CDMX and technology in Abierto Mexicano de Diseño.
In MUTEK MX Recommends, you’ll find all the news, up-and-coming activities, and pieces from the artistic community that make our festival one of the most exciting experiences of the year.
This is what’s happening between October 8-13 on the road to MUTEK MX Edition 16:
> DJ Lag from the home of gqom: Clermont, South Africa
DJ Lag is having a moment: Uhuru (Good Enuff, 2019), the album that pays tribute to the club that he forged, has gained wide acceptance in the mainstream while the tracks warm the dancefloors of underground clubs and forward thinking festivals the world over. As the perfect appetizer before his arrival at MUTEK MX, his most recent Boiler Room session is now available: an hour of pure Clermont-style party from Durban, South Africa, the city that launched gqom and uThayela, genres that DJ Lag has raised to a global level:
The presentation of Sol Oosel as part of Edition 16 also marks the new sonic journey of the project, which starts with En allégeance à l’inconnaissable — Une étude en chorégraphie pour le flux d’énergie, a record with Umor Rex that will be performed live for the first time this November. Modular synths and drum machines are used by Sol Oosel as methods to explore mental states and unique ways to meditate and connect through sonic structures similar to those of ritualistic music. The premiere single, “Attunement for a Thunderstorm,” is out now along with a bonus track, a remix by James Place, Sol Oosel’s label mate and another part of the MUTEK MX Edition 16 lineup.
October 25th, Maria W Horn will release her full album Epistasis, the second album from the Swedish composer, founder of the label XKatedral, and part of the pro-drone collective Sthlm Drone Society. Epistasis will be released by Hallow Ground and you can now listen to the first single: a nearly 10 minute long piece that mixes the harmonic structures of early doom metal and processes based in Tintinnabuli, a style of composition inspired by the mystic experiences of Arvo Part with choral music. In the recording of Epistasis, Maria W Horn collaborated with close to nine instrumentalists, including violin, viola, violonchelo, guitar, and organ:
> Circle of Live: a new series dedicated to ambient and new tracks for XLR8
2019 has been an intense year for Sebastian Mullaert and the circuit of producers that have joined the Circle of Live platform, which never stops experimenting with other disciplines and formats, always based in improvisation. In the midst of their recent announcements is a new event series for Breakfast Club in Berlin, In Dreams, which uses the theme of the dance floor to raise the idea of collective improve through meditation, repose, and serenity, with ambient sessions lasting all night. Along with the launch of In Dreams, XLR8 presented their monthly compilation XLR8R+015, under the curation of Circle of Live with cuts from Mathew Johnson, Vril, Amp Fiddler & The Digitariansm and Sebastian Mullaert himself. Listen here:
John Talabot’s New Label, Ten Years of Dub with Deadbeat and a surprise in collaboration with Sónar Mexico.
In MUTEK MX Recommends, you’ll find all the news, up-and-coming activities and pieces from the artistic community that make our festival one of the most exciting experiences of the year.
This is what’s happening between October 1-6 on the road to MUTEK MX Edition 16:
> John Talabot and Axel Boman Start a New Label
The long-awaited return of John Talabot in 2019 has been filled with long dj sets behind the decks, including a couple of all-nighters (here, you can listen to his live session atMoog en Barcelona) and his mixtape for Dekmantel 2019, as existing proof of his current sound. But this has also been a year for new music: this summer we had the release of “Immediate crash alert” and this week, through Instagram, John announced the debut of The Night Land, his new label along Axel Boman, and the release of “Discodrums”, a new single by Talaboman, a track filled with hypnotic groove and cosmic sounds that you can listen to now:
> Enjoy Deadbeat’s Deepest Dub Sounds in this New Compilation
The prolific Scott Monteith, who is focused on training new digital artists and software development, just released a very special compilation on BLKRTZ, the label that has released all his productions and collaborations as Deadbeat. The Echocord Sessions 2019-2019, published at the end of this summer, puts together eleven tracks released by the iconic Echocord label throughout the last decade, transforming in a radiography of time and showing us the full plasticity that Deadbeat is capable of achieving, inspired by Dub from ‘traditional’ moments, such as “Vampire Dub”, to the acid frenzy of “For Whom The Bell Tolls”.
Echocord operates in Copenhagen since 2002 with Kompakt as their distributor, focused on dub and its most experimental variations, being their signature sound. Their catalogue preserves in physical formant the deepest Dub sounds of artists such as Vladislav Delay, Mikkel Metal and Fluxion.
> Watch the new Boiler Room by Deena Abdelwahed
Deena Abdelwahed returned to Tunis, her place of birth, in an intense journey that included sets by Crossend, Da Che and Dasha Redkina, among many other Tunisian talents, which you need to follow up close. Deena’s set for the first Boiler Room in this city is a powerful combination of representative sounds from the Middle East along with some other Leftfield Club gems, a perfect introduction before her performance at Edition 16, in which she will interpret thefull live version of her magnificent album Khonnar.
> New remix by Sebastian Mullaert to John Metcalfe
John Metcalfe is one of the low-key cutting-edge cult figures from the past century. He’s the co-founder of The Durutti Column, contributing to the release of the sub-label Factory Classical, and his connection to the Manchester scene has led him to making arrangements for artists like Peter Gabriel, Pretenders and Graham Coxon, by playing the viola, his main instrument, in albums by artists like Max Richter, Goldfrapp, Blur and even Coldplay. What’s more, he’s part of the credits of the iconic album Hex by Bark Psychosis. In between all of this, Metcalfe has his own career as a composer and he’s about to release a new anthology with remixes, commissioned by five electronic music artists, including our dear Sebastian Mullaert. His remix to “So Clear” has been debuted via Beatburger and you can listen to it here. Along with the premiere of this remix, Sabastian has announced the release of his new record, A Place Called • Inkost (Kontra Music, 2019) for November 4th, and the first single is out now:
Sebastian Mullaert will come to Edition 16 with Circle of Live, a six-hour long set, along Dorisburg, Frank Wiedermann (Âme Live) and Mathew Jonson. Get your ticket here.