“In its eighth consecutive year, MUTEK has become the crème de la crème of digital arts festivals in North America, and over the course of five days in May/June proved itself again with stellar performances. …MUTEK offers not only a taste of tons of different music, but a damn good tour around Montreal's finest venues as well.”
With a reinvigorated focus on presenting the evolution of the electronic-music scene it helped propel into the limelight, MUTEK’s 8th edition is received as one of the best the festival has ever assembled. Dubsteppers Kode9 and Shackleton share the stage with dub-techno royalty Rhythm & Sound, and new-generation figures such as Pantha du Prince, Claude Von Stroke, Kalabrese, My My, and Gui Boratto compliment the names that grew up with MUTEK, among them Michael Mayer, Robert Henke, Wighnomy Brothers, Audion, and Matias Aguayo.
On the Canadian side, no less than 62 artists take part in the program, including Alexandre Bilodeau, Anachronic Xp, Apjiw, Aun, Bleupulp, Chic Miniature, Jason Hopfner, Jesse Somfay, Mark Templeton, Maxime Robin et With All Due Respect.
The festival takes on a new Presenting Partner, FLASHER.COM, and new graphic collaborators SID LEE.
International dissemination efforts continue, with more notable invitations taking place. MUTEK is invited to host a “Montreal Underground” event at the Smithsonian in Washington. With an increasing focus on international curation, the MUTEK increasingly takes part in other festivals, with notable events taking place in Athens, Geneva, France, and Italy. Meanwhile, the MUTEK.MX festival moves to October for its 4th edition and satellite events continue in Santiago and Buenos Aires.
MUTEK_REC merges with longtime Montreal label associates at Musique Risquée, the label co-founded by Akufen and Vincent Lemieux.