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MUTEK.ES Announces First Batch of 2013 Artists!

Monolake, Raime, Vessel and Jeff Mills lead the charge.

November 22, 2012
MUTEK.ES Announces First Batch of 2013 Artists!

Barcelona: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 – Following the success of a third edition in 2012 that saw the festival grow into a four-day format and double its attendance, the MUTEK.ES team is pleased to announce the first round of artists confirmed for the 4th edition of MUTEK.ES, which will run February 6 – 9, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. With an ever-growing mandate to support Barcelona’s diverse, local scene, the festival is relocating its fourth edition to the heart of the city’s Borne neighbourhood, a hotspot of galleries, studios, museums, and more as a means/with plans to further highlight the city’s designers and artisans within its four-day program.

MicroMUTEK.ES 2013 festival headquarters will be located at the Convent Sant Augustí, following a first successful foray into this beautiful heritage space last year. A mix of historic architecture and modern, modular spaces, the convent creates a perfect MUTEK.ES HQ, serving as the festival’s information point, offering a welcoming environment to meet up with friends old and new, and housing the festival’s daytime conference program (Q&A sessions, workshops, demos), as well as special performances and installations.

Only steps away from the Convent, new venue Station Barcelona is located inside the high-vaulted Estación Francia, Barcelona’s international train station, and will house the festival’s Opening Concert as well as the A/Visions series of audiovisual performances. Return locales Nitsa and Moog round out this year’s venues, housing the night time Nocturne events.

Without further ado, here is the first wave of confirmed artists for MUTEK.ES 2013:

Monolake [DE] / Jeff Mills [US] / Raime [UK] / Vessel [UK] / Jon Hopkins [UK] / The Mole [CA] / Dewalta [DE] / Le Révélateur [CA]

Well-known to audiences internationally, most of the above artists will be appearing in support of new albums.

Powerfully emotive, unpredictable, genre-bending, London’s Jon Hopkins produces instrumental music that ranges from solo acoustic piano to explosive, bass-heavy electro. A prolific collaborator, Hopkins has remixed musicians such as Four Tet and Nosaj Thing, written soundtracks with Brian Eno, and created scores for directors Peter Jackson and Gareth Edwards, as well as for celebrated choreographer Wayne MacGregor. For his MUTEK.ES appearance, Hopkins will premiere a brand new live show in support of a forthcoming as of yet untitled album (Domino, 2013).

Considered one of the best albums of 2012 for its new twists and turns in techno, Vessel’s debut full length, “Order of Noise”, will see its Barcelona premiere at the Nitsa Club. Pushing the fledgling Tri Angle label’s sound in a new direction, Vessel constantly unnerves the ear with his haunted, bustling productions.

Journeying into bleak, oppressive landscapes of dark post-dub sounds and accompanied by barren industrial scenes seen through a sharp architectural eye, UK duo Raime present a live show in support of a recently released debut LP on one of today’s sharpest labels, Blackest Ever Black.

A pioneer of multi-channel sound, Robert Henke is well known for his timeless releases on Chain Reaction and his own imprint, Imbalance Computer Music. Producing his most club-oriented music under the Monolake banner, the artist is one of the few to tirelessly explore surround-sound that is meant to be experienced while moving around a crowded dancefloor, and brings his surround sound live AV show to Barcelona for the first time.

Jeff Mills, founder of emblematic group Underground Resistance and one of Detroit’s most hallowed techno representatives, presents his Jungle Planet project, the fourth in a series entitled “Sleeper Wakes”, for the first time in Spain. A follow-up to his performance this past summer at MUTEK Montreal, expect a marathon set with hypnotic beats and minimal lighting, that pulls you on a 5-hour long journey.

A step aside from the bleak, the black, and the hypnotic is grin-inducing disco-loving The Mole, appearing for a rare live performance in support of an as of yet untitled new album to be released on his new label “Maybe Tomorrow”. Supporting his own debut LP, “Wander”, Berlin compatriot DeWalta layers jazzy sounds over house and techno to add another lighter note to this festival edition. Last but not least, Le Révélateur, the new AV project by ex-Godspeed You Black Emperor!’s Roger Tellier-Craig and video artist Sabrina Ratte, rounds out the bill with forays into a universe of synth arpeggios and Krautrock.

Stay tuned as we announce the second wave of MUTEK.ES 2013 artists, in December!

More updates in the coming months via the MUTEK.ES website: http://www.mutek.es

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/MutekSpain

Twitter page: http://www.twitter.com/mutekes

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

MUTEK.ES would like to thank the following partners for supporting its 4th edition : Red Bull, Nitsa, convent Sant Augusti, Station Barcelona, and MOOG.

The festival is grateful for the ongoing support of media partners Resident Advisor, FACT, Go Mag!, Clubbingspain.com, Concept Radio, and Struments Radio.

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