MUTEK_10 Previews: Panels & Workshops
May 28 & 29: DIGI_SECTION at SAT, Monument-National
May 14, 2009
It is with great pleasure that MUTEK announces the 2009 edition of DIGI_SECTION, a two-day series of panels, workshops, and master classes, presented by MOOG AUDIO in collaboration with SAT [TRANSFORM]. This year’s professional program takes place on Thursday, May 28th , and Friday, May 29th , from 11 am to 5pm . The panels endeavor to highlight the issues and personalities currently shaping the international electronic music scene. Meanwhile, the workshops bring together the cutting edge in technology manufacturers for a series of demonstrations for the newest in hardware and software available to the electronic-music producer.
DAY 1 | THURSDAY, MAY 28
PANEL 1 | 11 am | SAT | Free
NEW TOOLS NEW VISIONS : EXPLORING THE THRILLS OF ARTISTRY & INVENTION
An exploratory conversation about experimentation, machinery, and crafting the tools to make the sounds that no one else has yet invented. Four interdisciplinary artists at different stages of their careers converge on one stage, bringing a diverse set of views and contexts on just what it takes to realize that goal. Featuring Ableton creator and experimental techno pioneer ROBERT HENKE *(aka MONOLAKE), ATOM creator * CHRISTOPHER BAUDER , Montreal avant-garde mainstay JULIEN ROY (ARTIFICIEL, EGG), and artist and software creator ALEXANDRE BURTON (ARTIFICIEL).
ROBERT HENKE (Imbalance Computer Music, Germany)
CHRISTOPHER BAUDER (WHITEvoid, Germany)
ALEXANDRE BURTON (Artficiel, Canada)
JULIEN ROY (Artificiel, Canada)
MODERATOR: MAT SCHULZ (Unsound Festival, Krakow)
PANEL 2 | 2pm | SAT | Free
THE NEW WORLD ORDER: RE-DEPLOYING DIGITAL CULTURE IN NORTH AMERICA
North America has contributed profoundly to the global culture of electronic music and digital art. And yet, historically it has remained in the shadows of a much more organized and lucrative European counterpart. The challenges involved in presenting contemporary electronic music in North America’s culturally dispersed, deeply rockist environment have been much discussed: the lack of radio support, promotion and effective distribution channels, fickle audiences, vast geographies. But now there’s a new network slowly forming that shows promise and could be a signpost of change. This panel assembles North America's new decision-makers to discuss the issues and possibilities for electronic music and digital culture in the New World, emphasizing the power of collectivity, networks and imagination.
Presented by the ICAS Network – International Cities for Advanced Sound & Related Arts
SEAN HORTON (Decibel Festival, Seattle)
BRYAN KASENIC (Beyond Booking, New York)
KATE LESTA (Communikey Festival, Boulder)
MALCOLM LEVY (New Forms Festival, Vancouver)
ALAIN MONGEAU (MUTEK, Montréal)
SUSAN LANGAN (Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, San Francisco)
MODERATOR: PATTI SCHMIDT (Montréal)
MASTER CLASS | MONUMENT-NATIONAL, MUSITECHNIC | $60
MASTERING WITH STEFAN BETKE (POLE)
STEFAN BETKE, legendary figure behind dub-techno act POLE and renowned engineer at Scape Studios, brings his years of experience in mastering and engineering to Montreal for a two-part master class. Day 1 is a three-hour session dedicated to theory, while Day 2 ventures into the studio for hands-on exercises. Only 30 people will have the benefit of attending this exclusive activity, so don’t wait to make your reservation!
Presented in collaboration with MUSITECHNIC
Thursday, May 28 | Noon – 3 pm | THEORY (3 hours) | Monument-National (Salle Marie-Vincent)
30 persons max
Friday, May 29 | PRACTICE (2 hours) | Musitechnic
Group 1: 9am - 11am | Group 2: Noon - 2 pm | Group 3: 3pm- 5 pm
10 persons per group maximum
Booking and payment (Visa & MasterCard) required in advance by phone: 514.871.8646 ext.221. For info: firstname.lastname@example.org.
PRESENTATION 1 | 4pm | Monument-National (Salle Marie-Vincent) | Free
DERIVATIVE VISUALS present RASTER-NOTON FRAME.SYNC
Derivative will demonstrate the design and creation of visuals for frame.sync, their collaboration with Raster-Noton at Transmediale, OFFF, MUTEK and Sonar. TouchDesigner 077 is Derivative's 'visual thinking' software tool, used to make interactive art and applications by integrating 2D/3D graphics, audio and user-interface building. For this workshop, Greg Hermanovic and Markus Heckmann will reverse-engineer the making-of frame.sync and other examples of interactive media.
PRESENTERS: MARKUS HECKMANN & GREG HERMANOVIC
WORKSHOP 1 | 11am | SAT Transform | Free
JAZZMUTANT LEMUR presented by NICK BUGAYEV
NICK BUGAYEV is a producer of melodic techno, with recent and upcoming releases on Tribal Vision Records and Different Pieces. A staunch minimalist gear-wise, Bugayev sees the Lemur as one of the essential pieces of his toolbox. He's put the controller to use in almost all of his projects. A regular contributor to the Lemur user base, he also initiated the Monemur controller emulation project.
Topics that will be covered:
- Ableton DJing & Semi-Live Set
- Max/MSP, Gestural Control & Sound Design
- Step Sequencing & Beyond
- V2 Scripting
WORKSHOP 2 | 2pm | SAT Transform | Free
ABLETON LIVE 8 WORKSHOP presented by DEADBEAT
It's time once again for the annual DEADBEAT Live workshop at MUTEK! An experience always filled with laughs and the occasional hair raising stunt, this workshop we will be highlighting the new features of Ableton Live 8 as well as looking at effective methods for making the most Live on stage and in the studio. Ableton Live users of all experience levels are also encouraged to bring their questions on any and all aspects of production using Live.
DAY 2 | FRIDAY, MAY 29
PANEL 3 | 11am | SAT | Free
PEER STREAMING AND METADATA FILING: NEW TRENDS IN ONLINE MUSIC DISSEMINATION
The definition and boundaries of cultural piracy grows murkier by the year. Peer-to-peer streaming, file-sharing, cloud storage, and wiki-oriented open databases assembled collectively - these methods of cultural interaction have become the normal way of sharing knowledge and art forms. If an entire society deems certain tools and principles as the most effective avenues for communication, then can these networks still be considered piracy? This panel of communications-industry professionals converges to explore the many questions underlying our new digital communities and the legalities that hold them back, in order to assess if our notion of piracy has grown redundant.
MATT CHEETHAM (Samurai FM, UK)
ALAIN LAUZON (Sodrac, Canada)
BENJAMIN MASSE (Double V3, Canada)
MODERATOR: JEAN-ROBERT BISAILLON (Iconoclaste Musique Inc., Canada)
PANEL 4 | 2pm | SAT | Free
THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: AN ORAL HISTORY OF NECESSARY EVILS
A free-ranging and casual exchange with pioneers from the German techno community, featuring UWE SCHMIDT (aka AtomTM, Señor Coconut etc), THOMAS FEHLMANN (The Orb) and TOBIAS FREUND (Pink Elln, nsi, Sieg Uber Die Sonne). Led by journalist Philip Sherburne (The Wire), this panel will look back over the careers of three producers who each bring at least two decades of career experiences to the table. In the process, the three producers will explore such weighty subjects as the creation of artistic illusions, their perpetual state of artistic crisis, their provocative views on the state of electronic music, as well as other light-hearted and amusing subjects. Tea will be served.
UWE SCHMIDT (Rather Interesting, Germany)
THOMAS FEHLMANN (Komapkt, Germany)
TOBIAS FREUND (nsi, Germany)
MODERATOR: PHILIP SHERBURNE (The Wire, Pitchfork)
PRESENTATION 2 | 4pm | Monument-National (Salle Marie-Vincent) | Free
MEET ANTIVJ IS A VISUAL LABEL
Created in 2007, ANTIVJ was initiated by a group of European artists as a “visual label” to espouse a collective identity working to further the use of light and its influence on our perception of space. Video projection is their main tool to create pieces that reinvent the crossroads between installation work, live performance, graphic design and architecture.
PRESENTERS: JOANIE LEMERCIER & NICOLAS BORITCH
WORKSHOP 3 | 11 h | Monument National (Salle Marie-Vincent) | Free
SERATO WORKSHOP presented by BILL MITSAKOS
Serato produces the world’s leading professional solutions for DJs and electronic musicians. In 2004 Serato and Rane launched Scratch Live. Last year Serato introduced Video-SL and a range of future controllers for their new ITCH DJ software. This 2-hour workshop will be conducted by Serato's Future Products Developer, BILL MITSAKOS, who will take you through the very latest innovations from this leading-edge company.
WORKSHOP 4 | 11am | SAT Transform | Free
ROLAND 1 // AN INTRODUCTION TO LIVE PERFORMANCE FOR DJ’S PART 1: THE ART OF LOOPING
If you are an inspiring electronic music artist looking to enhance your live performance, this is the workshop for you. Cakewalk’s Lyle Crilly and Roland’s Adrian Marsi will show you how to rejuvenate your set by introducing realtime sampling and looping techniques using some of the world’s most powerful music instruments and software; including the Roland SP-404, the BOSS RC-Series Loop Pedals, Cakewalk Sonar, and Cakewalk Beatscape.
Some Topics to be covered:
Syncing up hardware to your computer
Sampling on the fly
WORKSHOP 5 | 2pm | SAT Transform | Free
ROLAND 2 // AN INTRODUCTION TO LIVE PERFORMANCE FOR DJ’S PART 2: THE ART OF VOCAL TRANSFORMATION
In this workshop you will learn how to construct and destroy vocals in a live situation; whether you’re working with pre-edited samples, or realtime vocal performance. Further, discover some of the world’s leading vocal manipulation technologies on instruments and software such as Roland V-Synth GT, Roland VP-770, and Roland V-Vocal software.
Topics to be covered:
- Vocoder techniques
- Realtime vocal effects
- Vocal sampling
- Synthesizing your vocals
** Please note that reservations for the WORKSHOPS are mandatory and that all panels and workshops will be conducted in English.