Unsound Festival

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Unsound Festival is an annual music festival that takes place in Kraków, Poland, dealing with evolving and mutating forms of music, as well as related visual arts. Apart from the main festival, Unsound regularly takes place in cities around the world such as New York,[1] London,[2] Adelaide,[3] Toronto,[4] and Minsk.[5] Editions of the festival have also occurred in Tbilisi,[6] Prague and Bratislava.

The Kraków festival is run by the non profit organisation Fundacja Tone Muzyka i Nowe Formy Sztuki (Tone Foundation for Music and New Forms of Art).[7]

History[edit]

The first Unsound festival in Kraków, Poland took place in 2003, starting out as a local, underground event in the city's cellar bars.[8] It currently falls towards the end of October and lasts around one week. Starting out as an event focused on Polish audiences, in recent years it has rapidly developed to become one of the most prominent events of its kind in Europe.[9]

In 2010, the festival developed its program and visual identity around the theme "Horror, the pleasure of fear and unease",[10] which explored the history and emerging trend of darkness in music. "Horror" was followed up in 2011 with the theme "Future Shock," inspired by the 1970 book by futurist Alvin Toffler.[11] Subsequent themes have included "The End" (2012),[12] "Interference" (2013)[13] and "The Dream" (2014).[14] The theme for 2015 has been announced as "Surprise", described in a press release that was heavily redacted and intentionally revealed little.[15]

In February 2010, Unsound cooperated with local partners in New York such as the Wordless Music series, Bunker and Electronic Music Foundation to create a 10-day satellite event involving music, film, workshops and panel discussions.[16] Unsound has now produced four New York editions in total.

Unsound has also worked on projects in other countries, with four events in Adelaide within the framework of the Adelaide Arts Festival, an event in London partnering with The Barbican and BFI among others, and Unsound Toronto as part of Luminato. Unsound has also worked in the region of Eastern Europe, in particular Minsk, Belarus, to create mini-festivals with local partners.

Unsound is also known for opening up architectural spaces, adapting them for music events. In Kraków, this includes Hotel Forum, a communist-era hotel building that had lain empty for a decade until Unsound 2012, then subsequently became an important cultural hub in the city.[17] In Toronto in June 2015, Unsound adapted the abandoned Hearn Power Station to produce the first ever public event in the space in collaboration with Luminato Festival.[18]

Unsound is a founding and active member of ICAS (International Cities of Advanced Sound).[19]

Projects[edit]

Unsound has produced many collaborative and commissioned projects. The history of these projects begins with 2008's Warhol Series, where live electronic and experimental music is played as a "soundtrack" to classic silent Warhol films. Artists involved in this project include: Carl Craig, nsi., Groupshow, Stefan Németh and the video artist Lillevan. According to the Unsound website, the "series refers to Warhol’s own extensive use of pre-existing material to create something new, as well as the 60s multimedia event The Exploding Plastic Inevitable, which used Warhol’s film work as moving wallpaper projected onto a wall and musicians from The Velvet Underground." [20]

Another key commissioned work is "Solaris," by Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnasson in cooperation with Kraków's Sinfonietta Cracovia. Accompanied with visuals by Brian Eno and Nick Robertson, this piece premiered at Unsound Kraków in 2010, and was performed at Unsound Festival New York 2011 at Alice Tully Hall in the Lincoln Center.[21] In 2014, Unsound partnered with Adelaide Festival to bring to life "Double Vision", created by Atom™ and Robin Fox. Like "Solaris", this project has gone on to tour the world.[22]

Apart from commissioning works, Unsound has also become known as a platform for artists to premiere new pieces or shows - for example, Robert Henke's laser and sound work "Lumiere", which was launched in Kraków in 2013.[23]

Artists[edit]

2016[edit]

New York, 16–19 June
  • Alessandro Cortini presents: Sonnos
  • Beau Wanzer
  • Cliff Lothar
  • Club To Club Soundsystem
  • Damián Romero
  • DJ Richard
  • Elysia Crampton presents: Dissolution of The Sovereign: A Time Slide Into The Future
  • Erika
  • Further Reductions
  • Greg Fox
  • Greg Zifcak with dance performance by FlucT
  • Jlin live
  • Lighting by Nitemind
  • Nihal Ramchandani
  • Ninos Du Brasil
  • Olivia
  • Scott Fraser
  • Timothy J. Fairplay
  • Vaghe Stelle
  • Via App live
  • Zenker Brothers
Toronto, 10–12 June
  • Alessandro Cortini
  • Amnesia Scanner
  • Ancient Methods
  • Aurora Hala
  • Elysia Crampton
  • Evian Christ
  • Hot Shotz (Powell & Lorenzo Senni)
  • Jlin
  • Kara-Lis Coverdale w/ MFO
  • Lotic
  • Olivia
  • Orphx
  • Raime
  • Roly Porter & MFO
  • RP Boo
  • sunn o)))
  • T’ien Lai
  • The Bug ft. Flowdan & Miss Red
  • Tim Hecker & MFO
  • Waclaw Zimpel
Batumi, 27–29 May
  • AGF
  • Aux Field
  • Chino
  • Jorjick
  • Lotic
  • MESH
  • Natalia Beridze
  • Nika J
  • Nina
  • Olivia
  • Severiane
Bishkek, 27–29 May
  • Bisha
  • broxxz
  • Dima Alien
  • DJ Nazira Kas
  • Glacier Music (Robert Lippok, Lillevan and Askat Jetigen)
  • Helena Hauff
  • Jacek Sienkiewicz
  • Kucharczyk
  • Monolake Surround
  • Moritz von Oswald with Ordo Sakhna
  • PizOne
  • RSS B0YS
  • Wilhelm Bras
  • Zack
Adelaide, 26–28 February
  • Babyfather
  • Fennesz & Lillevan
  • Hot Shotz: Powell & Lorenzo Senni
  • Jlin w/ Florence To & Avril Stormy Unger
  • Johann Johannsson & Zephyr Quartet
  • Kangding Ray
  • Kode9 X Lawrence Lek present The Nøtel (world premiere)
  • Paula Temple w/ Lucy Benson
  • RP Boo
  • SUMS: Kangding Ray & Barry Burns
  • Tralala Blip
  • Vessel & Pedro Maia

2015[edit]

Kraków, 10–18 October
  • Alessandro Cortini
  • Amnesia Scanner
  • Andy Stott
  • Angel-Ho
  • Angel-Ho b2b Rabit
  • Aurora Halal
  • Avril Stormy Unger
  • B.Baran & Chino
  • Bill Orcutt
  • Borusiade
  • Current 93
  • Damien Dubrovnik
  • DJ Bone
  • DJ Firmeza
  • DJ Nigga Fox
  • DJ Nobu
  • DJ Tiger
  • Dungeon Acid
  • Elysia Crampton
  • Emmanuel Biard
  • Fis
  • FIT Siegel
  • Florence To
  • Galcher Lustwerk
  • Gatto Fritto
  • Gay Poetry Recital
  • Greg Fox
  • Grzegorz Tyszkiewicz
  • Health
  • Helena Hauff b2b Koehler
  • Helm
  • Holly Herndon
  • Hot Shotz
  • Jacek Sienkiewicz
  • Jerzy Mazzoll
  • Jlin
  • Joanna Duda
  • John Tilbury & Robert Piotrowicz
  • Julius Eastman & Tomasz Sikorski
  • Kamil Szuszkiewicz & Hubert Zemler
  • Kevin Bray
  • King Midas Sound & Fennesz
  • Kode9
  • Laraaji
  • Lawrence English
  • Levon Vincent
  • Lexxi b2b Endgame
  • Liturgy
  • Lotic
  • Low Jack
  • Lucas Abela
  • Lutosławski Piano Duo
  • Lutto Lento
  • Marcus Schmickler
  • Matana Roberts
  • Max Loderbauer & Jacek Sienkiewicz
  • Michał Wolski
  • Milczarek / Sirko
  • Mischa Kozlowski
  • NHJ
  • Nidia Minaj
  • Nina
  • Nkisi
  • Nozinja
  • Ojun
  • Olivia
  • Optimo
  • Oren Ambarchi
  • Parrish Smith
  • Paula Temple
  • Pedro Maia
  • Philip Sherburne b2b Eltron John
  • Piotr Zabrodzki
  • Pole & MFO
  • Prostitutes
  • Prurient
  • Ptaki
  • Rabih Beaini
  • Rabih Beaini & Wacław Zimpel
  • Rabit
  • Rabit & Kuedo
  • Raphael Rogiński
  • Richie Hawtin
  • Rimbaud
  • Rob Mazurek
  • Rob Mazurek & Mikrokolektyw
  • Romans
  • RP Boo
  • Rrose Plays James Tenney
  • RRRKRTA b2b Charlie
  • RSS B0YS
  • Sax Ruins
  • Shackleton × Nisennenmondai
  • SHXCXCHCXSH
  • Speed Dating
  • Surgeon & Starlight
  • Syny
  • T'ien Lai
  • Tazartès / Romańczuk / Załęski
  • The Black Madonna
  • The Phantom
  • Tim Hecker
  • Uniiqu3
  • Untold
  • Visionist
  • Werkflow
  • Xosar
  • Yves de Mey
  • Zenker Brothers
  • ▒▒▒▒░▒░
Toronto, 19–20 June
  • Atom TM & Robin Fox present: "Double Vision"
  • Ben Frost & MFO feat. Shahzad Ismaily
  • BNNT
  • Christina Sealey (Orphx)
  • Emptyset
  • Helena Hauff
  • Lena Willikens
  • Lustmord
  • Morton Subotnick & Lillevan present: "Silver Apples of the Moon"
  • Robert Henke presents: "Lumiere II"
  • RSS B0YS
  • Stars Of The Lid feat. Kensington Ensemble
  • Tim Hecker, MFO & Geza Schoen present: "Ephemera"
  • We Will Fail
Adelaide, 12–16 March
  • Atom TM & Robin Fox present "Double Vision"
  • Container
  • Dopplereffekt
  • Forest Swords
  • Fushitsusha
  • Gazelle Twin
  • HTRK
  • King Midas Sound System
  • Lawrence English
  • Mika Vainio
  • Shackleton
  • The Bug feat Miss Red & Manga

2014[edit]

Kraków, 12–19 October
  • 67,5 Minut Projekt
  • Alameda 4
  • Amnesia Scanner
  • Atom™ & Robin Fox
  • Aubo Lessi
  • Ben Frost
  • Ben Vida
  • Bjørn Torske
  • Blondes
  • Bronze Teeth
  • Carter Tutti Void
  • Chris Abrahams
  • Craig Leon
  • Cyclobe
  • Dave Gaskarth
  • Deathprod
  • DJ Earl & DJ Taye
  • DJ Funk & Bok Bok
  • DJ Hvad
  • DJ Spinn & Taso
  • DJ Stingray
  • Dopplereffekt
  • EiT (Call Super b2b Objekt)
  • Eltron John
  • Evian Christ
  • EVOL
  • Felicita
  • Florence To
  • Gorzycki/Gruchot
  • Grouper & Paul Clipson
  • Heroiny
  • Hildur Guðnadóttir & Skúli Sverrisson
  • Jacek Mazurkiewicz
  • Jachna/Buhl
  • Jade Boyd
  • Jam City
  • Jan Klata
  • Jed Kurzel’s Snowtown: Live
  • Jenny Hval & Susanna
  • Joey Anderson
  • Kablam
  • Karen Gwyer
  • Kassem Mosse
  • Księżyc
  • Kucharczyk
  • Lautbild
  • Le Petit Garçon
  • Lee Gamble
  • Lena Willikens
  • Leyland Kirby
  • Lichens
  • Lorenzo Senni
  • Lotic
  • M.E.S.H.
  • Marcel Weber (MFO)
  • Mark Fell
  • Mirt + Ter
  • Mumdance feat. Novelist
  • Nagrobki
  • Navnlaust Mønster Opptog (NMO)
  • Ninos du Brasil
  • Nurse With Wound
  • Olivia
  • Pedro Maia
  • Perc
  • Pharmakon
  • Philip Sherburne
  • Pinch b2b Mumdance b2b Logos
  • Piotr Kurek
  • Powell
  • Remont Pomp & Mikołaj Trzaska Ircha Clarinet Quartet
  • Ren Schofield (aka Container) & Kenneth Kapstad & Tomas Järmyr
  • Richard Pinhas & Kapital
  • Ripatti
  • Robert Hood
  • Robert Piernikowski
  • Rrose
  • RRRKRTA
  • Russell Haswell
  • Sophie
  • Souvenir de Tanger
  • Stanislav Tolkachev
  • Stian Westerhus
  • Stine Janvin Motland
  • Suzanne Ciani & Neotantrik
  • Swans
  • Tarik Barri
  • TCF
  • The Bug
  • The Necks & Radian
  • Total Freedom
  • Transilvanian Galaxi
  • Traxx
  • Valerio Tricoli
  • Vessel
  • Wanda Group
  • Warna
  • We Will Fail
  • Willie Burns
  • Xeno & Oaklander
  • Young Echo
  • Zamilska
  • Zs & Gyða Valtýsdóttir
New York, 2–6 April
  • Andy Votel
  • Ben Manely & Sean Meehan
  • Ben Vida
  • copeland
  • DeepChord
  • Demdike Stare, Michael England and Sinfonietta Cracovia
  • Heathered Pearls
  • Hubert Zemler
  • Huerco S.
  • Håkon Stene
  • Ital & Halal
  • Joe Talia & James Rushford
  • Kapital
  • Le Petit Garçon
  • Leisure Muffin
  • Miles
  • Oren Ambarchi with Sinfonietta Cracovia Quintet & Friends
  • Paal Nilssen-Love
  • Phill Niblock
  • Piotr Kurek
  • Piętnastka
  • Porter Ricks
  • Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe
  • Stara Rzeka
  • Suzanne Ciani & Neotantrik
  • Wilhelm Bras
  • Willie Burns
Adelaide, 6–8 March
  • Cut Hands
  • Emptyset
  • Gardland
  • James Ferraro
  • Jed Kurzel Snowtown: Live
  • Lee Gamble
  • Moritz von Oswald Trio featuring Tony Allen
  • Morton Subotnick
  • Nurse With Wound
  • Stars of the Lid

2013[edit]

Kraków, 13–20 October
  • ABBT
  • Altar of Plagues
  • Anna Zaradny
  • Anthony Naples
  • Arca
  • Artfruit
  • AUDINT: Toby Heys & Steve Goodman
  • B/B/S/
  • Bartek Kujawski
  • Beneath
  • Besgaczi
  • Charlemagne Palestine & Rhys Chatham
  • Chino
  • Chris Watson
  • Clipping.
  • Conor Thomas
  • copeland
  • Creepy Marionette b2b Wendy Catkins
  • Czarny Latawiec
  • Daniel Drumz
  • Dean Blunt
  • Demdike Stare & Andy Stott
  • DJ Marfox
  • DJ Nigga Fox
  • DJ Qu
  • DJ Richard
  • DVA Damas
  • Earth
  • Eltron John
  • Evian Christ
  • Filip Lech
  • Fire!
  • Forest Swords
  • Gaap Kvlt
  • Galcher Lustwerk
  • Gardland
  • Gobby
  • Grzegorz Tyszkiewicz
  • Helena Hauff
  • I-F
  • Innode
  • Iron Noir
  • Jacaszek & Kwartludium
  • James Ferraro
  • Jenny Hval
  • Julianna Barwick
  • Karenn
  • Keith Fullerton Whitman, Roly Porter, Lucy Benson & Marcel Weber
  • King Midas Sound
  • Komora A
  • Kucharczyk
  • Kwadrofonik
  • Laurel Halo
  • Lee Gamble b2b Miles Whittaker
  • Lutto Lento
  • Mark Fell
  • Mika Vainio
  • Mirt
  • Mykki Blanco
  • Nate Young
  • Olivia
  • Oren Ambarchi
  • Pantha du Prince & The Bell Laboratory
  • Paweł Kulczyński
  • Pearson Sound
  • Pete Swanson
  • Philip Sherburne
  • Porter Ricks
  • Powell
  • Ptaki
  • Regis
  • Richard Moss presents: "The Enclave"
  • Robert Henke
  • Robert Piernikowski
  • Robert Piotrowicz
  • Robert Rich
  • RP Boo
  • RSS B0YS
  • Samuel Kerridge
  • Stara Rzeka
  • Stefan Wesołowski
  • Stellar Om Source
  • Svengalisghost
  • The Mulholland Free Clinic
  • The Phantom
  • Tralala Blip
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Underground Resistance
  • Visionist
  • Wilhelm Bras
  • Young Male
London, 26–29 September
  • Anna Zaradny
  • BNNT
  • Demdike Stare, Michael England and Sinfonietta Cracovia
  • Disjecta
  • Durian Brothers
  • Forest Swords
  • Innode
  • Lee Gamble
  • Lustmord
  • Nicholas Bullen
  • Paul Purgas
  • Pianohooligan
  • Robert Piotrowicz
  • Stara Rzeka
  • Vester Koza
Adelaide, 14–16 March
  • Actress
  • Ben Frost
  • Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnason with Adelaide Symphony
  • Biosphere & Lustmord present: Trinity, with visuals by MFO
  • Brian Eno
  • Demdike Stare present: Concealed, with Zephyr Quartet
  • Hype Williams
  • Lustmord
  • Nick Robertson
  • Pole
  • Raime
  • Robin Fox
  • Tim Hecker
  • Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin

2012[edit]

Kraków, 13–20 October
  • Acid Alan
  • Andy Votel
  • Artfruit
  • aTelecine
  • ATOM
  • Atom™
  • Aurora Halal
  • Bambino Sound System
  • Bass Clef
  • Beautiful Swimmers
  • Bee Mask
  • Ben Frost
  • Ben UFO
  • Ben Vida
  • Bill Kouligas
  • Biosphere & Lustmord present: Trinity
  • Black Rain
  • Black Rain & Kotra
  • BNNT
  • Chino
  • Container
  • Cooly G
  • Dave Tompkins
  • Demdike Stare present: Concealed
  • Ducktails
  • Eltron John
  • Emptyset
  • Etamski
  • Etamski & Piernikowski
  • Evan Calder Williams
  • Evian Christ
  • Factory Floor
  • Fatima Al Qadiri
  • Fushitsusha
  • Gathaspar
  • Heatsick
  • Helm
  • Hey Convict!
  • Hieroglyphic Being
  • Holly Herndon
  • Hubert Zemler
  • Innercity Ensemble
  • Interplanetary Prophets (Ital & Hieroglyphic Being)
  • Ital (performing with Hieroglyphic Being)
  • Jacek Sienkiewicz
  • Jade Boyd
  • Jigoku
  • Juju & Jordash
  • Julia Holter
  • Kevin Drumm
  • Kotra (performing with Black Rain)
  • KTL
  • Kuedo
  • Lee Gamble
  • Mala In Cuba
  • Mark Pilkington
  • Max Dunbar
  • Mazzoll plays Responsio Mortifera
  • Metasplice
  • MFO
  • Mi$gogo
  • MikeQ
  • Nguzunguzu
  • NHJ
  • NHK'Koyxeи
  • Niski Szum
  • Oneman
  • Opium Hum
  • Philip Sherburne
  • Piernikowski/Etamski
  • Piętnastka
  • Pole
  • Pussykrew
  • Raime
  • Ransom
  • Robert Piernikowski
  • Ron Morelli
  • Sentel
  • Shackleton
  • Shed
  • Slava
  • Sza/Za/Ze
  • T'ien Lai
  • Teengirl Fantasy
  • The Haxan Cloak
  • The Phantom
  • Theo Parrish
  • Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin
  • Tomek Chołoniewski
  • Traxman
  • V/VM
  • Vatican Shadow
  • Vessel
  • Voices From the Lake
  • Wife
Tbilisi, 14–16 December
  • George Mozgovoi
  • Heatsick
  • Jorjick
  • Kangding Ray
  • Nika J
  • Nikakoi
  • Piotr Kurek
  • pole
  • Recognition (aka Jacek Sienkiewicz)
  • Temo Machavariani
  • Thomas Fehlmann
  • Tomma Chaladze
  • Tusia Beridze
  • Zenial
New York, 18–22 April
  • 2562
  • Actress
  • Baaba
  • Biosphere
  • DaveQ
  • Demdike Stare
  • Denis Kolokol/Tomek Chołoniewski Duo & Nate Wooley
  • Distal
  • Eltron John
  • Hai Nguyen Dinh & Nondor Neval
  • Hieroglyphic Being
  • Hype Williams
  • Inner Tube (Mark McGuire & Spencer Clark)
  • ITAL
  • Jacaszek
  • Jenny Hval
  • Julia Holter
  • Julia Kent
  • Kotra & Black Rain
  • Laurel Halo
  • Lustmord
  • LXMP
  • Maria Minerva
  • Mark McGuire & Bartek Weber
  • Mark Van Hoen & Maria Minerva
  • MFO
  • Monolake
  • Napszyklat
  • Next Life
  • Nguzunguzu
  • P.MA
  • Peaking Lights
  • pole
  • Sepalcure
  • Sun Araw
  • Sun Araw vs. Heat Wave - DJ Set
  • Teeth
  • Throwing Snow
  • Zavoloka & Andrea Pensado
  • Zemi17

2011[edit]

Kraków, 9–16 October
  • 2562
  • A Winged Victory For The Sullen
  • Addison Groove
  • An On Bast + Phovid
  • Andres Lõo
  • Andy Stott
  • Black Taxi
  • Braille
  • Brokenchord
  • Catz 'N Dogz
  • Chris & Cosey
  • Christian Wallumrød
  • Cut Hands
  • Deaf Center
  • DJ Rashad
  • DJ Spinn
  • Dreadnought
  • Dylan Ettinger
  • Edgars Rubenis
  • Ekoplekz
  • Felix Kubin
  • Gas of Latvia
  • Holy Other
  • HTRK
  • Hype Williams
  • i/dex
  • iconAclass (w/MC dälek) & Napszyklat
  • Ital
  • Jacaszek
  • Jacques Greene
  • Jade Boyd
  • Jam City
  • John Foxx and The Maths
  • Jon Rafman & Daniel Lopatin
  • Joy Orbison
  • Kangding Ray
  • Kassem Mosse
  • KiNK
  • Kode9 + MFO
  • Kotra
  • LA Vampires
  • Laurel Halo
  • Legowelt
  • Lillevan
  • Lucy Benson
  • LXMP
  • Machinedrum
  • Macio Moretti
  • Magic Touch
  • Maria Minerva
  • Mark McGuire
  • MFO
  • MMM
  • Model 500
  • Morphosis
  • Morton Subotnick
  • Natural Snow Buildings
  • Nightwave
  • Niwea
  • Objekt
  • Optigram
  • p.ma
  • Philip Sherburne
  • Pussykrew
  • Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer
  • Robin Fox
  • Rustie
  • Sentel
  • Sepalcure
  • Sex Worker
  • Sillyconductor
  • Sinfonietta Cracovia
  • SLG
  • Space Dimension Controller
  • Stellar OM Source
  • Sun Araw
  • Teeth
  • Temporary Space Design
  • The Band of Endless Noise
  • The Caretaker / Leyland Kirby
  • The Complainer
  • The Generator Analogue Orchestra / Za Siódmą Górą
  • The Haxan Cloak
  • The Impossible Assembly
  • The Volume
  • Thomas Wirski
  • Tin Man
  • VHS Head
  • Voldemars Johansons
  • Wo0
  • Zavoloka
New York, 1–10 April
  • Aki Onda
  • Alan Howarth
  • Anna Zaradny
  • Appleblim
  • Atom TM
  • Atom™ and Pink Elln
  • Badawi
  • Ben Frost
  • Bethany Benzur
  • C. Spencer Yeh
  • Carlos Giffoni
  • Chancha Via Circuito
  • Christina Chatfield
  • COH
  • Daniel Bjarnason
  • Dave Q
  • Dawid Szczesny
  • Deaf Center
  • DJ Olive
  • Dorian Concept
  • eleven tigers
  • Emeralds
  • Erika Sherman
  • Glitterbug
  • Günter Müller
  • Harald Grosskopf
  • HATI + Z'ev
  • Henryk Gorecki
  • Instant Coffee
  • Jade Boyd
  • Jason Kahn
  • Jeremy Berman
  • Jurek Przezdziecki
  • Kamil Jankowiak
  • KiNK
  • Kode9
  • Krzysztof Penderecki
  • Lillevan
  • Lizzi Bougatsos
  • Lone
  • Lustmord
  • Marcus Schmickler
  • MERCE
  • MKM
  • Morton Subotnick
  • Norbert Möslang
  • Octave One
  • Paul Wirkus
  • Petar Dundov
  • Pulshar
  • Richard Kamerman
  • Robert Piotrowicz
  • Runaway
  • Samuli Kemppi
  • Sepalcure
  • Sinfonietta Cracovia
  • Spatial
  • Steve Reich
  • Svarte Greiner
  • Taylor Deupree
  • The Phantom
  • The Skull Defekts featuring Daniel Higgs
  • Tin Man
  • Void ov Voices
  • Zeppy Zep
  • Zomes

2010[edit]

Kraków, 17–24 October
  • Actress
  • Adam Bryanbaum Wiltzie
  • Alan Howarth
  • Andre Vida
  • Anna Zaradny
  • Baaba, with Special Guests Natalia Przybysz & Małgorzata Sarbak
  • Badawi (Raz Mesinai)
  • Beatbully
  • Ben Frost
  • Birk
  • Black to Comm
  • Carlos Giffoni
  • Cherrystones
  • Cosmin TRG
  • Daníel Bjarnason
  • DaveQ
  • Deadboy
  • Demdike Stare
  • Derek Plaslaiko
  • Dorian Concept
  • Elegi
  • eleven tigers
  • Eltron John
  • Emeralds
  • FaltyDL
  • Finnbogi Pétursson
  • Frode Fjerdingstad
  • Goblin
  • Hild Sofie Tafjord
  • Hildur Guðnadóttir
  • Jacek Sienkiewicz
  • Jackmaster
  • Jacob Kirkegaard
  • Jade Boyd
  • James Blake
  • Jana Winderen
  • Jazkamer
  • Jigoku
  • Joel Martin
  • Joy Orbison
  • Kontext
  • Kreng
  • Kyle Hall
  • Laetitia Sadier
  • Last.fm DJ Team
  • Lindstrøm
  • Lukasz Szalankiewicz
  • Lustmord
  • Marcus Fjellström
  • Melkeveien
  • MFO
  • Mice Parade
  • Mike Huckaby
  • Monno
  • Mordant Music
  • Moritz von Oswald Trio
  • Mount Kimbie
  • Noveller
  • OCTAVA Ensemble
  • Oneohtrix Point Never
  • Oni Ayhun
  • Petre Inspirescu
  • Pussykrew
  • Raime
  • Roll the Dice
  • Schola Cantorum Reykjavik Chamber Choir
  • Shackleton
  • Shining
  • Silje Nes
  • Sinfonietta Cracovia
  • Spatial
  • Stian Smestad & A.T.L.E
  • SUPRA1
  • Sza/Za
  • Terror Danjah
  • The Phantom
  • Tim Hecker
  • Tzu Nyen Ho
  • Una Lorenzen
  • Wildbirds & Peacedrums
  • Zeppy Zep
  • Zombie Zombie
New York, 4–14 February
  • 2562
  • ACME
  • Alexander Kaline
  • Andrew Pekler
  • Barbara Preisinger
  • Blondes
  • Bora Yoon
  • Borne
  • Carl Craig
  • Dave Q
  • David Daniell
  • Derek Plaslaiko
  • DJ Qu
  • Ensemble LPR
  • Eric Cloutier
  • Ezekiel Honig
  • FaltyDL
  • Groupshow
  • Hanno Leichtmann
  • Jacaszek
  • Jacek Sienkiewicz
  • Jan Jelinek
  • Joshue Ott
  • Kadebostan
  • Kids Electronic Music Band
  • Konque
  • Legowelt
  • Levon Vincent
  • Lillevan
  • Lillevan & Vladislav Delay
  • Luke Hess
  • Marcin Czubala
  • Mike Huckaby
  • Mike Servito
  • Morgan Geist
  • Moritz von Oswald Trio
  • Mountains
  • Nadja
  • Neurotic Drum Band
  • Newworldaquarium
  • nsi.
  • Patrick Russell
  • Pavel Ambiont
  • Petre Inspirescu
  • Pole
  • Radian
  • Sawako
  • Sebastian Meissner + Kwartludium = Solid State Transmitters
  • Sepalcure
  • Shake
  • Spinoza
  • Tape
  • Tim Hecker
  • Tobias.
  • TRG
  • Untold
  • Vladislav Delay
  • Xavier Van Wersch
  • Zavoloka
  • Zenial

2009[edit]

Kraków, 19–25 October
  • 2562
  • Ben Frost
  • Biosphere
  • DJ Spinoza
  • Eagle Twin
  • Eltron John
  • Grouper
  • Ikonika
  • Jacaszek
  • James Blackshaw
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson
  • Kode9 & the Spaceape
  • Marcel Dettmann
  • Martyn
  • Mikrokolektyw
  • Moishe Moishe Moishele
  • Monolake
  • Mountain People
  • Next Life
  • Nico Muhly
  • Omar-S
  • Pavel Ambiont
  • Sam Amidon
  • Sebastian Meissner + Kwartludium = Solid State Transmitters
  • Shed
  • Sinfonietta Cracovia
  • Soap&Skin
  • Stars of the Lid
  • Sunn O)))
  • Sza/Za
  • The National Fanfare of Kadebostany
  • Untold
  • Valgeir Sigurðsson
  • Zomby

2008[edit]

Kraków, 18–25 October
  • Amos Poe
  • Andrew Pekler
  • Autistic Daughters
  • Banabila / Zenial
  • Ben Frost
  • Benga
  • Boxcutter
  • Bruno Pronsato
  • bshosa (detroitZDRoJ)
  • Colleen
  • dOP
  • Fuck Buttons
  • Galoppierende Zuversicht
  • Groupshow
  • Hanno Leichtmann
  • Hauschka
  • Jacek Sienkiewicz Presents Recognition
  • Jan Jelinek
  • Jorge Haro
  • Jørgen Knudsen
  • Kaspar Koenig & Simon Berz
  • Lillevan
  • Mark Templeton
  • Max Richter
  • Małe Instrumenty
  • Melchior Productions
  • Michael Nyman
  • Németh / Hess / Siewert
  • Nôze
  • nsi.
  • Pan American
  • Pani K
  • Pinch
  • Skream
  • The Necks
  • The Sight Below
  • Tibor Holoda
  • VJ Lullaby
  • Xiu Xiu

2007[edit]

Kraków, 21–25 November
  • Antoine Chessex
  • Candie Hank
  • Chica & The Folder
  • Chica Paula DJ set
  • Christopher Just
  • Data Disk
  • Dictaphone
  • Dj Cylob
  • Dmx Krew
  • Dunaewsky69
  • Effekt Vol
  • Ellery Eskelin/Andrea Parkins/Jim Black
  • Franz Pomassl
  • Fuckhead
  • Gudrun Gut
  • John Keys
  • Lawrence English
  • Lokai
  • Magnum38
  • Michal Ho
  • NO-Domain live AV Show
  • Pantha du Prince
  • Philip Sherburne
  • Pogotowie Rozkręcania Imprez
  • PussyKrew
  • The Complainer & The Complainers
  • Xavier van Wersch
UnsoundOnTourAcrossBorders, Mińsk, 12 – 13 May
  • Aabzu
  • Institut Fur Feinmotorik
  • Jezus thane na Berlin
  • Kapital Band 1
  • Mapstation & Dawid Szczesny
  • Materidouska
  • Michal Marianek
  • Pole Nicholas Bussman
  • Thomas Fehlmann
UnsoundOnTourAcrossBorders, Kiev, 10–11 May
  • Aabzu
  • Dj Mr. Muck
  • Flowtex
  • Institut Fur Feinmotorik
  • Jezus thane na Berlin
  • Kapital Band 1
  • Mapstation & Dawid Szczesny
  • Materidouska
  • Michal Marianek
  • Pole
  • Thomas Fehlmann
UnsoundOnTourAcrossBorders, Toruń, 28 – 29 April
  • Aabzu
  • AGF + Zavoloka
  • An on Bast
  • Baaba
  • Dandy Jack and the Junction
  • Hauschka
  • Kotra + Zavoloka
  • Materidouska
  • Midilidi
  • Sieg Uber Die Sonne
  • Thomas Koener
UnsoundOnTourAcrossBorders, Kraków, 26–27 April
  • Aabzu
  • AGF + Zavoloka
  • Dandy Jack and the Junction SM
  • Hauschka
  • Materidouska
  • MidiLidi
  • Rational Diet
  • Rechenzentrum
  • Sieg Uber Die Sonne
  • Thomas Koener
  • Zavoloka + Kotra
UnsoundOnTourAcrossBorders, Bratislava 20–21 April
  • Cobra Killer
  • Dictaphone
  • Kate Wax
  • Kiritchenko
  • Kosmischer Pitch with Jan Jelinek
  • Kotra
  • Materidouska
  • Mitch & Mitch
  • Natur Produkt
UnsoundOnTourAcrossBorders, Prague 18–19 April
  • Andrey Kiritchenko
  • Cobra Killer
  • Dictaphone
  • Jan Jelinek I Kosmischer Pitch
  • Justice Yeldham
  • Kate Wax
  • Kotra
  • Machine Funck
  • Mitch & Mitch
  • Natur Produkt
  • Neutrino

2006[edit]

Kraków, 22–25 November
  • Anna i Adam Witkowscy
  • Baaba
  • Bodenstandig 2000
  • Chris De Luca
  • Dawid Szczęsny & Mateusz Moczulski
  • Dieb13
  • Dj Glow
  • Entropy & Emitter
  • Fenin
  • Funzion
  • Gustav
  • Institut fur Feinmotorik
  • Kate Wax & Dave The Hustler
  • Lawrence English
  • Merzouga Duo & Wolfram
  • Microthol
  • Milipop
  • Nikita Tsymbal
  • Nymmysnug
  • Phon.O
  • PussyKrew
  • Ran Slavin
  • Sven Konig
  • Thomas Fehlmann
  • Thomas Koner
  • Vert
  • Vj Joaquim
  • Vladislav Buben
  • Volga
  • Zenial
Bytom, 14–26 November
  • Adam Bell
  • Anna i Adam Witkowscy
  • Będzin Beat
  • Dawid Szczęsny
  • Erik Bunger
  • Institut fur Feinmotorik
  • Lawrence English
  • Mateusz Moczulski
  • Michael Ackermann
  • Michał Górczyński
  • Nummysnug
  • Ran Slavin
  • Sven Konig
  • Thomas Fehlmann
  • Thomas Koner
  • Tomasz Duda
  • Tropaj
  • Underwater Agents
  • Volga

2005[edit]

Kraków, 11–16 October
  • Aabzu
  • Al Haca Soundsystem
  • Bernhard Loibner
  • Bomb Mitte Soundsystem
  • CO
  • Cobra Killer
  • Column One
  • Complainer
  • Construction Sonor
  • Data Disk
  • DB (Wojtek Kosma, Bas van Koolwijk, Duszan Korczakowski, Michał Skiba)
  • DEADBEAT
  • Emiszyn
  • Errorsmith
  • Felix Kubin
  • Holgera Lipmann
  • Isolee
  • ITOA
  • Jan Rohlf
  • Ježíš táhne na Berlín
  • Kapital Band 1
  • Karaoke Tundra
  • Metallice
  • Michał Marianek
  • POLE
  • Prawatt
  • SmallCock
  • visomat inc.
  • VJ Jade
  • Za Siódmą Górą

2004[edit]

Kraków, 13–17 October
  • Alexiej Borisov
  • Andriej Kiriczenko
  • Arszyn
  • HHTP
  • HIPNAGOG (India Czajkowska, Marek Chołoniewski, Tomek Chołoniewski, Marcin Dymiter)
  • Husain Orucevic
  • Jacek Sienkiewicz
  • Joseph Suchy
  • Kotra
  • Marc Weiser
  • Marcin Czubala
  • Moglass
  • PROCESS (Rav Drevniany, Tomasz Duda, Rafał Mazur)
  • Thomas Brinkmann
  • Wojtek Kosma
  • Zavaloka
  • Zenial

2003[edit]

Kraków, 21–23 November
  • Aabzu
  • Black Eyes
  • Doug snug
  • F.S. Blumm
  • Kammerflimmer Kollektief
  • Mik.Musik.Orgextra.!.
  • Wojciech Kosma + VJ Jansi & Karolina Kowalska

Ephemera[edit]

In 2014, Unsound launched its Ephemera project, connecting sound and scent. According to the Ephemera website, the project "presents olfactory compositions based on musical resonances and reverberations".[24] The nose behind the project is Berlin-based Geza Schoen.

In the first phase of the project, three musicians - Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, and Steve Goodman (aka Kode9) - created raw sonic material which Schoen then reinterpreted to create three different scents: Noise, Drone and Bass. These scents and sounds were then used in an installation environment that premiered at Unsound Festival New York, and gained wide media attention.[25][26][27] The installation was subsequently set up at the National Museum of Kraków,[28] the Tromsø Kunstforening in Norway and the Malmo Inter-Arts Centre.[29][30]

In October 2014, the Ephemera scents were released as perfumes with the music available as downloadable tracks, and have received positive reviews from "niche" perfume and music writers.[31][32]

For the first time, Ephemera took the form of a live experience at Unsound Toronto on June 19, 2015, involving music by Tim Hecker, an olfactory component by Geza Schoen and lighting design by Marcel Weber.[33] The critical reception for this work was highly positive, with the Canadian music website Exclaim writing "Ephemera is truly, unequivocally original – a sensory performance on a whole new level." [34]

Unsound Directors[edit]

The co-founder and artistic director of Unsound is Mat Schulz. The executive director is Małgorzata Płysa.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/06/arts/music/06unsound.html?_r=0
  2. ^ http://thequietus.com/articles/12707-unsound-london-line-up-announced
  3. ^ http://www.thewire.co.uk/news/22474/unsound-festival-expands-to-london-and-adelaide
  4. ^ https://luminatofestival.com/festival/2015/unsound-festival-20th
  5. ^ https://80bpm.wordpress.com/2009/10/03/minsk-w-krakowie-specjalnie-dla-unsound-festival/
  6. ^ http://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=18235
  7. ^ http://www.biurofestiwalowe.pl/imprezy/unsound_5.html
  8. ^ http://www.krakow-poland.com/Events/Unsound-Festival,bbf
  9. ^ http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?2267
  10. ^ http://www.residentadvisor.net/review-view.aspx?id=8232
  11. ^ http://www.factmag.com/2011/09/22/facts-guide-to-unsound-2011/
  12. ^ http://thequietus.com/articles/10495-unsound-festival-2012-the-end-review
  13. ^ http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/4147070-reading-the-interference--what-we-learned-at-unsound-krakow
  14. ^ http://www.electronicbeats.net/tinitus-entertain-you-unsound-festival-2014-reviewed/
  15. ^ http://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=29789
  16. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/31/arts/music/31unsound.html
  17. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/24/eatern-europe-dance-revolution-conquers-west-electronic-music
  18. ^ http://www.blogto.com/music/2015/04/music_fest_coming_to_abandoned_toronto_power_station/
  19. ^ http://icasnetwork.org/
  20. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2010/02/09/arts/music/09craig.html?_r=0
  21. ^ http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?1720
  22. ^ http://www.factmag.com/2014/10/10/double-vision-atom-tm-and-robin-fox-introduce-unsound-audiovisual-show/
  23. ^ http://www.residentadvisor.net/review-view.aspx?id=13896
  24. ^ http://ephemera.pl/
  25. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/54405-tim-hecker-kode9-ben-frost-creating-music-for-drone-bass-and-noise-perfumes/
  26. ^ https://thump.vice.com/en_uk/article/unsound-ephemera-scent-installation-kode9-ben-frost-interview
  27. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/mar/20/club-inspired-perfumes-unsound-festival
  28. ^ http://www.cafleurebon.com/new-perfume-review-ephemera-bass-drone-and-noise-by-unsound-geza-schoens-post-apocalyptic-art-draw/
  29. ^ http://ephemera.pl/installation.html
  30. ^ http://intonalfestival.com/ephemera
  31. ^ http://www.colognoisseur.com/new-perfume-review-ephemera-by-unsound-noise-does-it-smell-and-sound-and-look-good/
  32. ^ http://www.electronicbeats.net/which-genre-smells-the-best-bass-noise-or-drone/
  33. ^ http://www.tinymixtapes.com/news/unsound-festival-lands-in-toronto-with-tim-hecker-stars-of-the-lid-morton-subotnick
  34. ^ http://exclaim.ca/Music/article/tim_hecker_presents_ephemera-8203_hearn_generating_station_toronto_on_june_18

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