With less than two weeks to go until Unsound Adelaide in Australia begins, it’s time to announce the discourse program - taking place on 15th and 16th December. Following the tradition of Unsound Krakow and Unsound New York, the program provides a deeper insight into the musical program and an opportunity for audiences to connect with artists. The full schedule can be found here.
Artist engaging in talks include Chilean-American Nicolás Jaar - one of the best known electronic musicians of his generation - in conversation with Triple J’s Tim Shiel, and legendary Baltimore electronic duo Matmos. As for discussions, In the Moment will explore different approaches to recorded and performed music from New York artist Eartheater, UK improvisers Giant Swan and Sydney’s Lucas Abela, who wields a sheet of glass as an instrument. A session titled The Underground 2.0 - Scenes and Genres In A Globalised World will be moderated by music writer Kate Hennessy and feature artists Ben Frost, Bliss Signal’s James Kelly, Sydney club musician ptwiggs and Krakow-based Gosia Plysa of Unsound.
Presentations include Australian writer Emile Fankel, who appeared at Unsound Krakow this year, speaking ahead of the publication of Hearing The Cloud by Zero Books. In this talk, the causal nature of making music about the future becomes a platform to consider the act of composing, one note over another, as an act of resistance and an act of prophecy. Joel Stern - the co-Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Liquid Architecture - will discuss what “eavesdropping” might mean under the conditions of the modern surveillance state, exploring Snowden, the proliferation of listening devices such as mobile phones, and algorithmic forms of regulation and governance. Stern approaches this subject as a way of foregrounding an ethical politics of listening, from both an artistic and activist standpoint.
Concluding the discourse program is a discussion on how Adelaide played a crucial part in the first days of Australian techno, including key figures from the time: Damien Donato of Juice Music;. Mistress Serena, the organiser of Dirty House, the club at the centre of it all; and Cathy Adamek, an active player at the time and since as an independent club organiser.
To get something of an overview of the ideas behind the Unsound discourse program, in Krakow and Adelaide, take a listen to this interview with Artistic Director Mat Schulz on Melbourne’s Triple R.
The discourse program will be held at the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra's Grainger Studio on Hindley Street - the program is free to attend but registration is required to secure your place through Eventbrite.
Note also that while full Unsound Adelaide passes are now sold out, individual night tickets for the Queen's Theatre are still available for $45 each. As for club nights at Sugar, the online pre-allocation of tickets are sold out, but a limited number of tickets will be available at the door, subject to capacity.
The Unsound Adelaide Discourse Program is presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, UniSA. The State Government of South Australia through the Music Development Office and the South Australian Tourism Commission is a major partner of Unsound Adelaide.