“All in all, what I’m really committed to is to provide the electronic music scene with a real festival, where we could talk about all the dimensions related to the artistic practice underlying the scene. So just like there are festivals for cinema, theater, dance, so there would be one specifically around [electronic] music and sound.”
– Alain Mongeau, in Incursion
Over 45 artists participate, including Closer Musik, Dimbiman, Matmos, Matthew Herbert, Rechenzentrum and Ricardo Villalobos. Many rising Canadian names perform as well, among them Ghislain Poirier, Jeremy P. Caulfield, Jetone (Tim Hecker), Mike Shannon and more.
Larger events move from the Café Campus to the Society of Art and Technology (SAT). The SAT, along with Ex-Centris, goes on to become a MUTEK long-term partner.
Running from May 30th to June 3rd, the festival attracts approximately 3700 people, almost doubling the previous year’s benchmark as more and more public from out of town begin considering the festival a worthwhile excursion: 23% of festival-goers come from outside of the province of Quebec.
To accompany the 2001 festival program, the MUTEK_REC label produces its first-ever compilation.