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[Read: MUTEK_Lab presents “Tools for an Unknown Future” Symposium]

The annual Mutek festival will take place in Montreal next week.  Prior to the festival’s launch on Wednesday, 5/30 the festival organizers will host a very interesting symposium called ‘MUTEK_Lab presents “Tools for an Unknown Future.”

This symposium will run from Monday to Wednesday (5/28-2/30) before Mutek itself launches that Wednesday night. The symposium is free and open to the public. Check out the program, it sounds fascinating. See the info/links below.

Also, make sure to tune in to The Upstate Soundscape on Wed., 5/30 because we will do a Mutek special and take a look at artists that are performing at this year’s festival.


MUTEK_Lab presents “Tools for an Unknown Future” Symposium: A symposium organized in collaboration with ICAS (May 28, 2012 – May 30, 2012 in Montreal)

Featuring a mix of keynotes, panels, case studies and presentations, the Tools for an Unknown Future symposium is a 3-day conference aimed at elaborating a cohesive view of the current trends within groundbreaking artistic mediums.  
FREE ENTRY with RSVP.  To RSVP, click here.
For a detailed program click HERE. 

[Read: Chloe Lum, “Dancing on My Own Grave”]

Chloe Lum of the now-disbanded Montreal group AIDS Wolf has followed up her viral “On an End of an Era” blog post with some more thoughts in her new post “Dancing on My Own Grave.”

Lum has some interesting things to say on her ScroungyGlammer blog about transitioning out of the DIY/underground/experimental music circuit and into the visual art world. Lum seems to think that the visual art world might have more to offer avant-garde artists like her in the long run then the musical world.

Again, as with “On an End of An Era” (which was re-posted here last Tuesday), “Dancing on My Own Grave” offers a lot of insight and food for thought that experimental/avant-garde artists of any age should take into consideration.

Dancing on My Own Grave

by scroungyglammer

I couldn’t be more surprised to see my post On The End Of An Era has gotten over 3000 views , that’s probably more attention than the last AIDS Wolf record got.

On a less self-deprecating note , I’m heartened to have gotten amazing feedback via email , twitter , facebook and this blog from many of my peers and even some of my idols. Of course , it’s not a thing to celebrate that so many of us pursuing difficult music find it hard to sustain , but a I feel as a group we are smart , creative people who now that it’s all out & in the open , pursue a new paradigm for underground avant garde sounds. We can find a way to be part of the marketplace of ideas without catering to the market.

Back in the 80′s , when many of the bands we admire where in the trenches , carving out the DIY tour circuit they had no idea how clogged it would latter become , or how many bands would simply see “the underground” as a pit-stop on a road towards mainstream aspirations , lamestream sounds. . . . 

Read the rest HERE.

[Visually Sound Sunday: Colin Stetson Videos]

Montreal-based saxophonist Colin Stetson will be rolling through Soundlab in Buffalo tonight and EMPAC in Troy this Thursday.

Below are two videos for you; the first show’s Stetson breaking down the structure of his song “Judges,” while the second is the video for “Those Who Didn’t Run.”

Sarah Neufeld of The Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre will join Stetson tonight as well.

[Read: ‘On the End of an Era’ by Chloe Lum of AIDS Wolf]

Photo by David Walman

Montreal abstract noise jammers AIDS Wolf have called it quits and frontwoman Chloe Lum has posted a rather personal letter to her blog that I think is worth re-posting.

In the letter, Lum touches on why the band is no more, but more importantly offers her take on what it was like trying to dedicate her life to an artistic pursuit like AIDS Wolf and the trials and tribulations that came along with that.

This letter is required reading for anyone in the earlier stages of their life looking go down a similar path. It’s the type of foresight/insight that could perhaps prove invaluable to anyone who is drawn to the life of an avant-garde/experimental musician in today’s world.

From Scroungyglamour blog:

“On the End of an Era,” by Chloe Lum

So my band broke up and I’m having a lot of feelings about it. I’m going to try to make sense of those feelings here.

My band is called AIDS Wolf and we started as a 4 piece noise-rock band in Montreal in 2003. Over the years with line up changes and the growing sophistication of our own tastes we became a trio in 2009 and started calling ourselves either Formalist/Unknown Wave or Abstract Rock.

When my beau and I started the band our expectations were pretty minimal. We’d already been in 2 bands together and each several bands before meeting. Him more of the garage and punk varieties and myself of the noise and industrial ones. We dropped out of university to do a major tour with one of our previous projects , to have one of our band-mates leave the day we got home. We’d already learned that relying on others for one’s creative pursuits was dicey even in the best circumstances. . . 

Read the rest HERE.

[free music friday: CKUT 90.3 FM Montreal Sessions]

DOWNLOAD: CKUT 90.3 FM’s Montreal Sessions

Fantastic compilation of live in-studio performances recorded for the Montreal Sessions on CKUT 90.3. Artists include Element Kuuda, Sundrips, k.a.n.t.a.n.g.o., Dreamcatcher, Zachary Fairbrother, Rebecca Foon, and more. The performance share little in common except that they all defy any sort of easy genre categorization. Montreal Sessions airs every Tuesday from 3-5pm EST.  See more info from the Free Music Archive on the station and show below.

From the Free Music Archive post on the Montreal Sessions:

CKUT ‘s Montreal Sessions is an artist in residency programme that airs Tuesday afternoons from 3-5pm. Every month a sound new artist, musician, band, or curator takes over the 2 hour slot and programmes the musical selections, has guests in for interviews and live sets and/or has guests in every week for some free improvisation sessions thus turning the broadcast studio into a zone for experimentation and creation. This mix is a selection of some live epic live sets that happened on the show and or were recorded at ckut for air on the montreal sessions.  

From the FMA CKUT Curator Portal:

CKUT’s music programmes run the gamut of genres and non-genres with a penchant for innovation and experimentation, niches of pleasure to titillate a variety of discerning listener’s tastes. Our broadcast studio is used as a zone for live experimentation, performance, and community involvement on a weekly basis. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and enjoy pushing the boundaries of what’s expected from a radio frequency.

CKUT is one of the largest volunteer owned and operated Campus/Community radio stations in Montreal, broadcasting 5000 watts of power at 90.3FM from the radio tower that crowns the peak of Mount Royal. The terrestrial range of the broadcast signal reaches about 150 kilometres around the city, with live streaming and six months of program archives available at ckut.ca. CKUT is supported by the students of McGill University, community members, and listener’s from Montreal and beyond.

CKUT is one of the the largest, if not the largest and most active Campus/Community Radio Stations in Canada. The station’s direction and programming is a result of the ideas and efforts of over four hundred volunteers who create live radio 24/7, 365 days a year. A volunteer owned and operated station, CKUT operates with a non-hierarchical collective management structure. CKUT’s programming is split into three categories with music occupying the largest portion of air time, and news and culture programmes providing the much needed space for marginalized voices and opinions.

No traffic reports, story assignments, play lists, listener surveys, or demographics to cater to, CKUT ‘s programming content is entirely in the hands of our volunteer hosts and producers who have free reign over the content that they send out over the airwaves, ensuring that the station’s programming is not dictated by some self appointed taste maker. 95% of the programming produced in house.

…..Sounds like my kind of radio station