It’s The Fifth Day of Unsound! Here’s What’s On
A big welcome to Unsound Long Weekend Pass holders!
Our third and final Morning Glory performance at Kopernika 15 is set to be a hangover-curing masterclass in physicality and musical intensity from Peruvian-born artist and researcher Ale Hop, who processes guitar into layers of levitational synthesised sound. It's a free event and begins at 11:00, with doors opening 30 minutes before.
The discourse program starts at 12:00 with a discussion between Girl Online author Joanna Walsh and journalist Karolina Sulej about the roles women are coaxed into playing online, and the possibility of virtual emancipation. Afterward, rhythmanalyst DeForrest Brown Jr. presents his new book Assembling a Black Counter Culture, bringing Black Artist Database founder NIKS into the conversation, hashing out strategies that could lead to a more equitable global dance music culture. Following that, musicologist Michael Spitzer peers into the past, using his book The Musical Human to inspire a presentation on music's pre-language origins that might shine a guiding light on the culture's future. A discussion on the utopian possibilities of Web3 is next, with researcher and writer Laura Lotti and artist Paul Seidler, moderated by Wassim Z. Alsindi. Lastly, journalist and critic Agata Pyzik will follow a live reading of texts from the Polish queer community recently compiled into two books, with a chat with two of the books' editors, Julia Bednarek and Łukasz Mikołajewski.
At 13:00 there’s a reading group led by xenogothic blogger Matt Colquhoun, that focuses on excerpts from Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus and Judith Butler’s Antigone’s Claim - registration is required.
Starting at 18:30 at Kraków's historic Kino Kijów, Piotr Kurek will be joined by Italian visual artist Francesco Marrello for a special Unsound-commissioned show entitled Smartwoods, featuring Anna Pašic on harp, Tomasz Duda on wind instruments and Wojtek Traczyk on bass. Kali Malone is up next with a performance of her immersive long-form composition Does Spring Hide Its Joy, a deep listening study in collaboration with Stephen O'Malley of Sunn O))), cellist Lucy Railton, and video artist Nika Milano. This show is sold out. We will sell tickets on the night if there is capacity – but no guarantee.
Later on at Kamienna 12 Unsound will present two stages - the Main Bubble and Side Bubble - to kettle this year's aerated club program. In the Main Bubble, Warsaw-based Ukrainian Facheroia opens the room, and German glitch dub pioneer pole joins up with visual artist Rainer Kohlberger for a new show assembled around his dizzying upcoming album Tempus. Idiosyncratic UK artist Blackhaine follows with his nuanced contortion of industrial grit and furious drill rap, before Bangkok's Wanton Witch teleports us into Thailand's queer club scene with her transgressive amalgamation of IDM, hardstyle and dubstep. Who are Two Shell exactly? We might find out when the UK duo descend on Kraków with their much-hyped cyber-bass machinations, preceding two premiere back-to-back sets: one from Berlin-based CCL and the UK's aya, and one from Poland's own VTSS and French party starter Crystallmess.
Don't look away just yet, the Side Bubble is just as enticing. There's rhythmic noise from Poland's Paszka and hybrid IDM and electro from Ukraine's Poly Chain, before Korean producer bela cross-pollinates traditional Korean folk sounds with pneumatic club and cybernetic death metal. Egyptian producer ABADIR will appear with a live percussionist to reimagine his daring SVBKVLT album Mutate, and NYC queer techno punk activists Deli Girls will turn the room to dust with their furious hi-NRG dystopian rap. Nyege Nyege's DJ Travella rounds things out for the night, pushing the envelope with a fresh take on Tanzanian singeli.
Advance tickets to this event are still on sale, but numbers are limited – follow us on Telegram for the latest ticketing information.
Note: for reasons outside of anyone’s control, Tobzy has had to cancel his appearance at Unsound on Friday 14th October. He will be replaced with Manchester-Columbian DJ and producer Florentino, the Club Romantico label founder, who recently made his debut on XL Recordings