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Unsound Toronto

Buckle in for a ride unlike any other

June 19 – 20, 2015

CANADIAN PREMIERE

The infamous decommissioned Hearn Generating Station comes alive in the Toronto Port Lands for two electrifying nights of music and technology curated and commissioned by Unsound creators Mat Schulz and Malgorzata Plysa.

The most intense musical experience

— The New Yorker
From its roots as a small underground festival in cellar clubs in Krakow, Poland, Unsound is an amorphous music festival that has become one of the world’s foremost events in electronic and experimental music, famed for discovering new artists and commissioning risk-taking projects. In addition to its flagship festival in Krakow, Unsound has four acclaimed editions under its belt, regularly taking place in New York, London and Adelaide. This year, Toronto is its sole North American destination.

Known for both its innovative programming and producing events in adapted spaces, Unsound uses its Toronto manifestation to animate the vast, and typically empty, Hearn Generating Station. 

After re-invigorating the Hearn with the exuberant 2014 Big Bang Bash Gala, Luminato Festival hosts the first-ever public event in the awe-inspiring, historic space. Buy a ticket to either night and be part of the group who can say they’ve experienced the Hearn, exploring the many spaces, tunnels and rooms throughout.

A remarkable and raw venue, this landmark building becomes a sonic playground for two days, taking audiences on a journey where music genres collide and blur, packed with pioneers and rising stars of electronic and experimental music from around the world. See two very distinct nights of programming, from abstract concerts on Friday to a late night party on Saturday.

Immersive shows use a spectrum of sound – from the abrasive to the delicate – laser, light, video and even scent in a series of premieres, performance experiments and international collaborations.

Buckle in for a ride unlike any other! 
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Participating Artists

JUNE 19 - Lustmord
JUNE 19 Lustmord
Lustmord

Lustmord, a.k.a. Brian Williams, is a Welsh industrial musician, sound designer and film score composer. He is often credited for creating the dark ambient genre with albums recorded under the name Lustmord. His experimental work has been described as "not traditionally 'musical'" with "more clearly visual aspects".

JUNE 19 - Lustmord
June 19 - Stars Of The Lid
June 19 Stars Of The Lid
Stars Of The Lid
Stars of The Lid, one of the world’s most influential drone/ambient bands who rarely perform, create soundscapes composed of effect-treated guitars and hypnotic strings while filmmaker Luke Savisky projects mesmerising images onto the surface of the Hearn.
June 19 - Stars Of The Lid
June 19 - Robert Henke
June 19 Robert Henke
Robert Henke

Robert Henke is an artist working in the fields of audiovisual installation, music and performance. He was born 1969 in Munich, Germany, and lives in Berlin. Coming from a strong engineering background, Henke is fascinated by the beauty of technical objects and developing his own instruments and algorithms is an integral part of his creative process.

Following the world premiere of Lumiere at Unsound Krakow in 2013, presents Lumiere II: a mind- blowing presentation of lasers that are created and condensed into a stunning, complex and massive synesthetic experience that pivots between fragility and the overwhelming.

June 19 - Robert Henke
June 19 - Tim Hecker
June 19 Tim Hecker
Tim Hecker

Tim Hecker is a Canadian-based musician and sound artist, born in Vancouver. His works have been described as “structured ambient”, “tectonic color plates” and “cathedral electronic music”. More to the point, he has focused on exploring the intersection of noise, dissonance and melody, fostering an approach to songcraft which is both physical and emotive.

Bringing together scent and sound in a startling new way, Tim Hecker will present the world premiere of a live version of the Unsound-produced Ephemera project at Luminato Festival. Olfactory compositions by conceptual perfumer Geza Schoen will be based on the musical resonances and reverberations of Hecker, whose show will also feature immersive lighting design by Berlin’s MFO. Let the physical presence of scent and sound trigger emotions, uncover memories and move your other senses.

June 19 - Tim Hecker
June 20 - We Will Fail
June 20 We Will Fail
We Will Fail

We Will Fail is a project of artist Aleksandra Grünholz. In 2014 she debuted with two part album called "Verstorung" (MonotypeRec.). Music of We Will Fail is hard to classify. Main focus goes on rhythm, so it brings associations with techno and club music, but artist claims that it's music rather to listen to than to dance to. She performed on many European stages (London, Berlin, Malmö, Budapest etc.), on festivals such as CTM and Unsound and many more. In 2016 MonotypeRec. will release her new album "Hand that heals / Hand that bites".

June 20 - We Will Fail
June 20 - Morton Subotnick
June 20 Morton Subotnick
Morton Subotnick

Morton Subotnick is one of the pioneers in the development of electronic music and multi-media performance and an innovator in works involving instruments and other media, including interactive computer music systems. Most of his music calls for a computer part, or live electronic processing; his oeuvre utilizes many of the important technological breakthroughs in the history of the genre.

Eighty-two-year-old New Yorker Morton Subotnick is accompanied by a live video by Berlin’s Lillevan in the Canadian debut of his legendary 1967 album Silver Apples of the Moon, which laid the seeds of techno.

June 20 - Morton Subotnick
June 20 - Lillevan
June 20 Lillevan
Lillevan

Lillevan is an animation, video and media artist based in Berlin. He is perhaps best known as founding member of the visual / music group Rechenzentrum (1997-2008). Lillevan has performed and collaborated with many artists from a wide array of genres, from opera to installation, from minimal electronic experimentalism to dance and classical music; performed and exhibited all over the globe, and at all the major media festivals.

With a live video, Lillevan will accompany the Canadian debut of Morton Subotnick's legendary 1967 album Silver Apples of the Moon, which laid the seeds of techno.

June 20 - Lillevan
June 20 - Atom™
June 20 Atom™
Atom™

Atom™ (also known as Atom Heart and often confused with Señor Coconut, real name Uwe Schmidt) is a German composer, musician and record producer of electronic music. He is often regarded as the father of electrolatino, electrogospel and aciton (acid-reggaeton) music.

He joins Australian multimedia artist Robin Fox for their acclaimed Double Vision: a three-dimensional assault merging Fox’s experimental laser show with Atom™’s deconstructed take on pop music, which was originally commissioned by Unsound and Adelaide Festival. 

June 20 - Atom™
June 20 - Robin Fox
June 20 Robin Fox
Robin Fox

Robin Fox is a leading Australian audio-visual artist working across live performance, exhibitions, public art projects and designs for contemporary dance.  His laser works which synchronize sound and visual electricity in hyper-amplified 3D space have been performed in over 50 cities worldwide. 

He joins German composer Atom™ for their acclaimed Double Vision: a three-dimensional assault merging Fox’s experimental laser show with Atom™’s deconstructed take on pop music, which was originally commissioned by Unsound and Adelaide Festival.

June 20 - Robin Fox
June 20 - Ben Frost
June 20 Ben Frost
Ben Frost

​Australian-Icelandic musician Ben Frost's music is about contrast; influenced as much by Classical Minimalism as by Punk Rock and Metal, Frost's throbbing guitar-based textures emerge from nothing and slowly coalesce into huge, forbidding forms that often eschew conventional structures in favor of the inevitable unfoldings of vast mechanical systems.  

His acclaimed live shows, known for their physicality and force, present a project also developed with Unsound featuring MFO’s innovative light design.

June 20 - Ben Frost
June 19 + 20 - MFO
June 19 + 20 MFO
MFO

Marcel Weber is a visual artist who works with imagery, light and space. He has been creating and directing audiovisual performances, installations and video works since 2001 both under his own name and as half of former artist-duo MFO. Weber’s work is marked by a well-defined and distinctive aesthetic, using images that both resonate with and form a relationship to sound. The outcome is a multi-layered experience communicated by dynamic imagery: a cosmos made out of textures and distortions, a magical experience of surreal moments, stimuli for the subconscious.

His innovate lighting design will be featured alongside Tim Hecker's performance and Ben Frost's performance.

June 19 + 20 - MFO
June 20 - Emptyset
June 20 Emptyset
Emptyset

Emptyset is a Bristol based production project formed in 2005 by James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas. Working across performance, installation and the moving image the project examines the physical properties of sound, through electromagnetism, architecture and process based image making. Their work considers the legacy of analogue media reflecting upon structural/materialist art production and the perceptual boundaries between noise and music.

June 20 - Emptyset
June 20 - BNNT
June 20 BNNT
BNNT

BNNT started as a Konrad Smoleński’s sound performance solo project in 2008. In the same year drummer Daniel Szwed, from Woody Alien and Mothra, joined and BNNT became a duo. In 2012 they released their debut album _ _ on Qulturap (CD) and Pink Punk (Vinyl).

In addition to stage performances, BNNT also practise “sound bombing”  which involves the duo crossing cities in a modified truck equipped with a sound system and power generator for unexpected short sound happenings. Smolenski makes sounds with a self-constructed instrument called “bomb” or "baritone missile", which is basically a 4-string baritone stereo guitar in the shape of a missile. 

June 20 - BNNT
June 20 - RSS B0YS
June 20 RSS B0YS
RSS B0YS

RSS B0YS ARE AN0NYM0US MUSICIANS-TRAVELLERS B0Y 0NE AND B0Y TW0, WH0 MET, LEGEND HAS IT, IN BENIN.  THEY RELEASED SEVERAL ALBUMS S0 FAR, STARTING THEIR ADVENTURE WITH TW0 - W D0NT BLV N HYP AND TH T00TH 0F TH FTR, AS PART 0F MIK MUSIK’S EVEN M0RE SECRET SERIES.   FREED0M 0F CH0ICE IS KIND 0F IMP0RTANT, FR0M AFRICAN DESERTS T0 EUR0PEAN DANCEFL00RS. AT0MS, ELEMENTS, ETHNICAL RATTLES, RAW S0METHING 0NCE CALLED TECHN0 AND HEAVY CHAIN REACTIONS. L0T 0F THINGS MATTER. BASS MATTERS. MASK MATTERS. FUTURE. UNIVERSE. THEY G0 F0R IT. THEY FIGHT WITH THE EG0 IDEA. THEY PLAY LIVE SINCE AUGUST 2013, BEF0RE THEY EXISTED AS THE STUDI0 PR0JECT 0NLY. N0W LIVE ACTI0N SEEMS T0 BE THEIR MAIN D0MAIN. CRYSTAL ENERGETIC PURE AND H0NEST. W0RK VERY FAST. TRAVELLING EASILY. THEY THEY THEY.

June 20 - RSS B0YS
June 20 - Lena Willikens
June 20 Lena Willikens
Lena Willikens

Nothing trains a DJ more than a long lasting residency. A truism that the Cologne based musician and DJ Lena Willikens always proves when she spins her vinyl. As a DJ, radio broadcaster and producer, Lena is never committed to one style, all is welcome as long as it is twisted the in a one-of-a-kind way. when she spins records Lena likes to let her self go in the name of dance and free thought. Her unforeseeable selections are pooling obscure proto-techno, jacking spirits, industrial boogie, synthesized disco, raw house and other outernational rhythms. Wherever she performed she surprised the folks and left them amazed about how expanded a crowd can let go and how far a DJ can move a dancefloor into unknown and bizarre spheres that stay catchy, while being edgy. 

June 20 - Lena Willikens
June 20 - Helena Hauff
June 20 Helena Hauff
Helena Hauff

Hamburg native Helena Hauff made her name as a DJ, spinning acid house, EBM/industrial, and electro at the Golden Pudel Club, where she hosted a night called Birds and Other Instruments. Her own productions draw from these influences, creating stripped-down techno and electro strictly recorded using analog equipment, usually in one take. She made her vinyl debut in 2013 with the release of the Actio Reactio EP on Actress' Werkdiscs label.

In 2015, Werkdiscs released Hauff's debut album, Discreet Desires, which marked a shift toward more melodic electro, but still retained the grittiness of her initial releases.

June 20 - Helena Hauff
June 20 - Christina Sealey
June 20 Christina Sealey
Christina Sealey

Christina Sealey is a full-time artist working professionally in Hamilton since 1999. In addition to her work as a visual artist, Christina is also an accomplished musician and has been working with sound since 1993. She is part of a DJ duo called Orphx, one of the most highly respected acts in both techno and industrial circles, with a signature fusion of hypnotic rhythms and experimental noise for over twenty years. Using modular and analog synthesizers, software, location recordings and feedback circuits, Rich Oddie and Christina Sealey draw upon the darker, psychedelic fringes of techno and electro, and combine these elements with the experimental aesthetics and themes of early industrial music.

June 20 - Christina Sealey

Creative Team

The infamous decommissioned Hearn Generating Station comes alive in the Toronto Port Lands for two electrifying nights of music and technology curated and commissioned by Unsound creators Mat Schulz and Malgorzata Plysa.

From its roots as a small underground festival in cellar clubs in Krakow, Poland, Unsound is an amorphous music festival that has become one of the world’s foremost events in electronic and experimental music, famed for discovering new artists and commissioning risk-taking projects. In addition to its flagship festival in Krakow, Unsound has four acclaimed editions under its belt, regularly taking place in New York, London and Adelaide.

CURATED BY
Mat Schulz and Malgorzata Plysa