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Genre Electronic music, experimental music
Location(s) Montreal, international
Years active 2000-present

Founded in 2000, MUTEK is an international festival organization dedicated to the promotion of electronic music and the digital arts.[1] Its central platform is an annual five-day event in Montreal that takes place in late May and early June. Each year, more than 100 artists, panelists, and industry professionals participate in the festival. One of the organization’s main priorities is to provide avenues of exposure for Canadian artists alongside their international counterparts. Alongside the Montreal edition, MUTEK also hosts international versions of its festival.


Alongside the Montreal edition, MUTEK also hosts international versions of its festival. A Mexican edition of MUTEK has taken place in Mexico City since 2003. Annual South American single and/or multi-day events have taken place in Argentina and Chile since 2002 and 2004 respectively. Showcases have occurred in Brazil and Colombia as well.

In 2005 MUTEK was among the first Western cultural organizations to send a delegation of electronic artists to China. MUTEK’s activities have also taken place in many European and American cities. MUTEK also owns and operates a record label, Musique Risquée.

In 2014, MUTEK paired with digital arts festival Elektra for the EM15 festival in Montreal.[2]

Over 200,000 people have attended MUTEK events worldwide in the last decade, and over 400 artists have performed on MUTEK stages.


International acts include Ricardo Villalobos, Thomas Brinkmann, Luomo, Vladislav Delay, Pole, Alva Noto, Francisco López, Matthew Herbert, Rechenzentrum, Murcof, Amon Tobin, Coil, Luciano, Matthew Dear, Monolake, Senor Coconut, T. Raumschmiere, Telefon Tel Aviv, Andrew Weatherall, Apparat, Biosphere, Isolée, FM3, Jan Jelinek, Modeselektor, Michael Mayer, Rhythm & Sound, Deru, Shackleton, Kode 9 & The Spaceape, Wighnomy Brothers, Christian Fennesz, The Field, Gui Boratto, Radio Slave, Camila Fuchs, Oneohtrix Point Never, Ben Frost, M Geddes Gengras and many others.

Canadian acts include Plastikman, Richie Hawtin, Akufen, Deadbeat, Jacob Fairley, Pheek, Jeremy P. Caulfield, Tim Hecker, Martin Tétreault, Mitchell Akiyama, Mike Shannon, Ghislain Poirier, Solvent, The Mole, Sixtoo, Cobblestone Jazz, Mathew Jonson, Junior Boys, Loscil, Aidan Baker, Guillaume & the Coutu Dumonts, Jesse Somfay, Mark Templeton, Secret Mommy, Kid Koala, Knifehandchop, Megasoid, and many others.

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  1. ^ Mertens, Max (12 May 2014). "Montreal's Mutek Festival Turns 15". Vice. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  2. ^ Coultate, Aaron (18 February 2014). "MUTEK and Elektra join forces for EM15". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 

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