Posted in dance | music | pictures on June 5, 2009

photos by Zach Dilgard, words by Edward Hagen

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The 10th edition of MUTEK wrapped up five packed days of "digital creativity and electronic music" Sunday night (5/31) in Montreal and its tin anniversary met the high expectations of most. Aside from some rainy and cool weather (particularly at Sunday's Piknic Electronik) and occasional in-club line hassles, the extra-long weekend was a remarkable success.

Although known primarily as a minimal and experimental techno festival, MUTEK's organizers have pushed the expected musical boundaries over the years. 2009 was no exception.

Thursday night's Bass Exponential sessions performances at M├ętropolis and the Savoy side room put some weight behind those words with dub-step and other deep and heavy performances by Appleblim (Skull Disco, Apple Pips), Deadbeat (Wagon Repair), Moderat [guys from Modeselektor + Apparat] (Bpitch Control) and Mala (DMZ). Thursday was ideal for this alternative-to-techno showcase as many festival-goers were just arriving or had yet to arrive.

Over the course of the five Nocturne sessions at M├ętropolis, the well-supplemented sound system took a beating but delivered across the entire venue, from the pockets of skull shaking bass on the main floor to the crystal clear sound in the balcony. The stage design with layered screens in the main room and the visuals in both rooms were exceptionally well-done, although it wasn't always clear who was behind the impressive lighting effects and projections even with the festival program in hand.

Pictures from Thursday (5/28) below...

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Metropolis
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Appleblim

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Aun & DE.I.TE

Aun & DE.I.TE

Aun & DE.I.TE

Aun & DE.I.TE

Deadbeat

Deadbeat

Ezekial Honig

Ezekial Honig

Ezekial Honig

Ezekial Honig

I8U and Chika

I8U and Chika

I8U and Chika

Mala

Mala

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TO BE CONTINUED...

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Comments (5)

Wonderful projections.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 2:07 PM

this looks amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | June 5, 2009 3:15 PM

oh. your. god.

this festival was AMAZING...and we only went friday-sunday. the music + visuals were perfect. after the carl craig set from 3am-6am on saturday, my eyes were bugging out from an entire evening of crazy-ass lighting.....stellar lighting. bravo.

1st rate festival from top to bottom. i highly recommend to anyone who likes experimental and dance electronic music to check this shit out in 2010.

the raster-norton label showcase on saturday nite was the best show i've seen in 2009. fucking unbelievable. raster-norton, beotches!

THANK YOU MUTEK!!!! xoxo

Posted by anon | June 5, 2009 4:24 PM

Thanks great pics!

/de.i.te/

Posted by Julie leblanc | June 6, 2009 4:58 PM

unfair not to mention Artificiel - POWEr
http://download.artificiel.org/mov/artificielPOWEr_benefice2.mov

Posted by myr | June 9, 2009 2:55 AM

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