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:
Apparat Live, Caterina Barbieri, John Talabot and more digital innovation
With our Phase Two Lineup, Edición 16 of the festival solidifies as the meeting point for all the edges of the spectrum of creativity applied to technology: up-and-coming artists like Pétra and Maria W Horn will share the limelight with established digital artists such as Deadbeat; intense dancing sessions like those provided by Ouri and DJ Lagwill be accompanied by immersive experiences created by artists such asDaito Manabe, Sougwen Chung and Joanie Lemercier & Joshua Sabin, who will expand what we know as the audiovisual format, incorporating technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics. If that wasn’t enough, our list of highlights grows with the return of Apparat in their full band format, presenting a new album, and the debut in Mexico of John Talabot and Caterina Barbieri. You can get a sneak-peek of our daily program and some of our locations, which will host live performances from our Edition 16. The time has come to take advantage of our last Passports, and dive into this year’s Official Playlist, updated with sounds coming from our Phase Two Lineup:
Sneak-peek: More digital innovation experiences this November
With the Phase Two Lineup the list of immersive experiences and multimedia performances has grown in numbers and level of experimentation: robots, cryptography, Artificial Intelligence and new technologies applied to lighting will take us, even for a moment, to new worlds. Here we have a sneak peek:
Daito Manabe (JP) presents Dissonant Imaginary
This immersive installation is the result of several years of research and experimentation between sound, images and brain decoding between Daito Manabe and Dr. Yukiyasu Kamitani.
Extraordinary illustrator and creative technologist Sougwen Chung is one of the artists tracing the path for the artistic collaboration between machines and humans. Her signature is her extraordinary sensibility as a painter and illustrator, allowing her to create unique moments that mix distant glimpses from the past and the future, thus giving birth to visual creation. Gaia will have its world premiere in MUTEK MX.
Ali became part of the video art circuit as the director of some of the most iconic clips and video-scenography for Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman. His background in industrial engineering and architecture have become a strong influence on his style, which has evolved in video-installation platforms and big format live performances.