Unsound Flower Power Day Seven

October 14, 2017

The Secret Lodge opened yesterday at Hotel Forum, and we can now reveal its full lineup. The first night of surprises featured artists from the Polish jazz and improv scene: Rychlicki Szpura Ayler Duo, Artur Majewski, Zebry a Mit and Pilokatabaza. You can now find info and bios about the artists on the Unsound schedule.

The seventh day of Unsound starts with the final events on the discourse program. First a talk with Jon Gibson and Britton Powell on Visitations, then a journalist workshop with Will Lynch of Resident Advisor.

The special afternoon show sees a world premiere of Moondog for Gamelan. New York’s Moondog created revolutionary works combining classical music, jazz, Native American music and field recordings. The project Moondog for Gamelan sees acclaimed Indonesian composer Iwan Gunawan and his ensemble Kyai Fatahillah partner with Stefan Lakatos to perform compositions by “The Viking of 6th Avenue” on gamelan instruments. The project was initiated by Europalia Indonesia. Visible Cloaks are devoted to ambient music steeped in the past and future. UK’s Laura Cannell opens, using traditional instruments to play music that is both ancient and innovative. Please note this show is not included in the festival pass and requires an additional ticket. You can get tickets at the office and at the door, until sold out.

Later on, the former tram hall at the Engineering Museum lights up with two special projects connecting sound and visual elements. Robin Fox brings the premiere of the third part of his influential series for laser and sound, exploring the possibilities of mechanically induced synaesthesia. Called Single Origin, it draws the separated colour spectrum of Fox’s RGB show into a single projector with jaw-dropping results. New York’s James Hoff employs his audiovisual project HOBO UFO (v. Chernobyl) to move through the abandoned city of Pripyat in Chernobyl’s Zone of Alienation via a modified version of Google Maps streetview that responds to sound. In the process, the work explores the way the digitization of our environment has radically shifted our perspective of nature. This show is sold out.

Finally, the last Hotel Forum party takes place tonight, with a varied lineup focused strongly on dance music, with Room 3 devoted to house, italo and disco. Also on the bill are Jlin, playing hot on the heels of her fantastic new album Black Origami, premiering a new A/V collab with MFO and Theresa Baumgartner, featuring Avril Stormy Unger, Holly Herndon with a new show featuring a choir, Lena Willikens b2b with Vladimir Ivkovic and Otim Alpha from Uganda. Laid across four rooms, the night will feature music from various genres, from African wedding music to house to cutting edge collisions of club sounds. And remember, the Secret Lodge opens once again tonight! A number of tickets will be available at the door.