Sunday, April 3, 2011

Unsound Festival New York : April 1 - 10

Like last year's fest, the second annual Unsound Festival New York is a cross-cultural coming together of the Polish/Eastern European scenes and their corresponding central European, UK and American equivalents in electronic experimentation, early electronic avant garde and 20th Century composition (and this year including the nether-regions of Doom Metal on the closing night). Largely featuring seated performances in exceptional environs like the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the cathedral at Judson Church and Abrons Art Center. Prominent names in the fest this year include Ben Frost with Sinfonietta Cracovia performing his newly composed "Music for Solaris" and pieces by Steve Reich and Krzysztof Penderecki, Svarte Greiner supplying a live soundtrack to Murnau's "Nosferau", Demdike Stare doing a A/V piece in the "Cinema for the Ear" series, Deaf Center interpreting their most recent works from "Owl Splinters" along with Sinfonietta Cracovia performing chamber symphony pieces by Henryk Gorecki, Morton Subotnick performing a live multi-channel realization of his defining 1967 piece "Silver Apples of the Moon" with visuals by Lillevan, a night of psychedelic analog synth musics hosted by Emeralds, Dubstep and Bass culture until the sun rises by Appleblim, Kode9 & Badawi, an 'Ocean of Noise' created by Marcus Schmickler, Ivan Pavlov aka COH, and Burning Star Core's C. Spencer Yeh, and the afore-mentioned Doom night of Mayhem's Atilla Csihar aka Void ov Voices with a rare North American live event by Lustmord. That not enough for you? Well then, there's more days and nights of seminars, films, tutorials and talks than one could possibly have hours on the clock to fill. Combine this with the arts to be seen at MoMA, PS1, New Museum, The Whitney, Guggenheim, Cooper-Hewitt, The Met and all the smaller galleries of Chelsea, along with the Cinema of Anthology Film Archives, Film Forum, Film Society at Lincoln Center and the IFC Center, and the time spent hunting through otherworldy record and bookstores like The Strand, Academy Records, Time Machine, Other Music and Downtown Music Gallery and all the unearthly eats to be had throughout NYC - you've just entered into the abstract mind-crushing realm of a couple days worth of Negative-Time.