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MUTEK 2012

Five Minutes at MUTEK with Blondes

As always, this year's edition of MUTEK offered a potentially overwhelming numbe… Read more »

Five Minutes at MUTEK with Kode9

As always, this year's edition of MUTEK offered a potentially overwhelming number of shows, parties, workshops, panel discussions, and more. Amidst all the activity, XLR8R also wanted to take the time to sit down with a few of our favorite artists, both to get their impressions of the festival and to check in about what's happening with their music. UK veteran and Hyperdub founder Kode9 always has plenty to say, and here, he discusses his past and present with MUTEK, Hyperdub's recent output and ongoing stylistic evolution, and his current struggle with writer's block. … Read more »

Five Minutes at MUTEK with Nicolas Jaar

As always, this year's edition of MUTEK offered a potentially overwhelming number of shows, parties, workshops, panel discussions, and more. Amidst all the activity, XLR8R also wanted to take the time to sit down with a few of our favorite artists, both to get their impressions of the festival and to check in about what's happening with their music. Fresh off his college graduation, Nicolas Jaar was one of the festival's stars in 2012, and here he talks about his history with MUTEK, a run-in with Ricardo Villalobos early in his career, the appeal of his music, his forthcoming new album, and why he loves making mixes. … Read more »

MUTEK 2012 Wrap-Up, Part Two with Tim Hecker, Nicolas Jaar, Kode9, Kink, and More

A lot happened during the first two days of MUTEK 2012—check the wrap-up here—but that was honestly just a warm-up for the festival's slate of events over the weekend. With panels, workshops, audio-visual presentations, DJ sets, and live performances scattered around Montreal, there was a lot to see and do, but here's an accounting of what XLR8R managed to take in. … Read more »

Five Minutes at MUTEK with BNJMN

As always, this year's edition of MUTEK offered a potentially overwhelming number of shows, parties, workshops, panel discussions, and more. Amidst all the activity, XLR8R also wanted to take the time to sit down with a few of our favorite artists, both to get their impressions of the festival and to check in about what's happening with their music. Before making his North American debut at the festival, UK producer BNJMN spoke about his expectations for America, the difficulty of playing live and translating his music to the dancefloor, and how he manages to juggle his multiple artistic personalities. … Read more »

Five Minutes at MUTEK with Shlohmo

As always, this year's edition of MUTEK offered a potentially overwhelming number of shows, parties, workshops, panel discussions, and more. Amidst all the activity, XLR8R also wanted to take the time to sit down with a few of our favorite artists, both to get their impressions of the festival and to check in about what's happening with their music. First up was leftfield beatmaker and LA native Shlohmo, who spoke about his experience living in New York, his impending return to the West Coast, and the multiple sides of his musical personality. … Read more »

MUTEK 2012 Wrap-Up, Part One with Jeff Mills, Shackleton, Shlohmo, Apparat, and More

Montreal is just too fucking cute. Honestly, the word picturesque doesn't do justice to this place. It's like a charming wonderland with vintage architecture, cute food, urban greenery (so many trees!), great music, fashionable people, and a laid-back, devil-may-care lifestyle. If it wasn't for the brutal winters, Montreal might be in serious danger of overpopulation. Of course, among the city's many accolades is the fact that Montreal is home to MUTEK. Now in its 13th year, MUTEK continues to be one of the most cutting-edge festivals on the planet, an impeccably curated event that brings together innovators from the worlds of technology, visual arts, and music and explores the interesting territories where their efforts overlap. Of course, part of that exploration includes the presentation of a whole lot of electronic music, which is probably why XLR8R was invited once again to take part in the festivities. … Read more »

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