Unsound Intermission Album & Book Delayed Until 5th March 2021. Further Details Revealed.
For festivals, one of the challenges of 2020 has been transforming physical events – with their excitement and sense of community – into an online experience. With fragmented attention spans and an overload of Internet ‘content’, online festivals can feel even more ephemeral than their regular IRL version. This is why we decided to also create a component that is more lasting: the Unsound 2020 album and book are the final elements of this year’s program, intended as a response to the long months of pandemic and upheaval.
For the Intermission album, artists have composed music, as well as made field recordings in forests, their backyard, an apartment and at protests; rather than a simple compilation, it’s intended as a time capsule of sorts, a multi-angled snapshot of this year. The book of essays intersects with the album, widening the response as authors tackle a range of subjects, using the tools of theory, memoir, fiction and poetry. By consciously connecting both the book and the album in one publication, the aim is to create an interdisciplinary work.
Both the book and album are still in production, due to unforeseen delays. The new release date for both will be at the beginning of March. We have also decided to release the album in a limited number on vinyl – more news on this soon.
Our deepest gratitude goes out to those who have already pre-ordered the book and album. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We will reach out to you in the meantime and offer some extras to thank you for your trust and patience.
As for further details, here’s the tracklisting and order for the album:
Chris Watson - Unlocked
Bastarda - Aperte
Slater, Guðnadóttir, Grisey - Happy, Healthy, Safe
Weavings (Part 1)
Zosia Hołubowska & Julia Giertz - Community of Grieving (Part 1)
Ben Frost - Ring of Fire
Lutto Lento - Good Morning Go Tears
Jlin X SOPHIE - JSLOIPNHIE
33EMYBW - The Room
Varg2™ & VTSS - VARGTSS2 (Miss Understanding)
Moor Mother & Geng - This Week (again)
Slikback - ZETSUBO
DeForrest Brown, Jr. & James Hoff - Project for Revolution in New York
Tim Hecker, Agata Harz & Katarzyna Smoluk - Demeter & Johannes' Song of Pandemia
Jana Winderen - re_Surge
And here’s the list of the authors and titles for the book, in the order in which they will appear:
Kristen Gallerneaux - Echomaking
J.T.Roane - Black Ecologies, Tidewater Virginia
Mat Schulz - Road To Nowhere: Tourism, Gentrification and COVID-19
Luke Turner - Nature Is Healing? Our Relationship With The Non-Human During COVID-19
Andrew Brooks - Five Propositions on Listening and Breath
Ayesha Hameed - The Variable
Sean Dockray, James Parker and Joel Stern - Machine Listening
Jace Clayton - That Singing Crowd
Jennifer Lucy Allan - Don’t Look Back: Nostalgia, Music and COVID-19
Philip Sherburne - Listening Through a Pandemic: How Confinement Taught Me To Hear Familiar Sounds With New Ears
Andy Battaglia - Falling Down on Turning Earth
S.J.Norman - Skin In The Game
Harmony Holiday - A Brief History of the Policing of Black Music
Moor Mother - Endings
Dave Tompkins - It Takes a Cavitation of Millions
Gamall Awad - Beyond the Monoliths
Sylwia Chutnik - God, Honour, Homophobia
Olga Drenda - In/visibility: The Dynamics of Face Covers in Pandemic Conditions and Beyond
Jay Springett - Insufficient Tolkein
Agata Pyzik - Touching, Seeing, Talking: On Self-isolating and Mental Disorders
Stephanie Phillips - Aural Escape: Finding Sound In The Midst of Procrastination
Ting Ding and De Forest Brown, Jr. - Edging the Glass Cliff: A Music Revenue Report in an Age of Diminishing Expectations
Steve Goodman - Listening to COVID-19: Audio Virology In The Age of Pandemic
Ewa Majewska - Everyone Is An Artist? Digital Intimacies In The Pandemic and Beyond
Armen Avenessian & HOMAR - The Post-pandemic Condition
If you would like to pre-purchase the book and album, you can do so via the Unsound online store.