DIGI_SECTION - The daytime free educational program at Phi Centre

Artist Q&As, panels, presentations, workshops and showrooms

May 03, 2016
DIGI_SECTION - The daytime free educational program at Phi Centre

Geared towards curious explorers, music enthusiasts, and creative professionals, this component of the festival furthers critical discourse through thoughtful, intimate interviews with artists and creators, hands-on interaction with the latest technologies, workshops dedicated to visual software and practices, industry insights and presentations, and by creating opportunities for the community at large to network and converse.


Roland will be displaying its line of AIRA modules, the renowned TR-8 drum machine as well as the new System 500, all day on Friday in their Salon Electro, culminating in a live demonstration/performance by Berlin-based Canadian techno master MAT JONSON, who has been working for Roland in Japan this past year.

On Saturday, in partnership with MOOG AUDIO, another extensive modular synthesizer showroom will be set up to exhibit the latest modules in the renaissance and rebirth of these machines. Manufacturers Evaton Technologies, Little Bits, Hexinverter Electronique, Kilpatrick Audio and Doepfer will be on hand to show off their wares. Bridging the technical and artistic in the afternoon, a panel with CHRISTINA SEALEY (ORPHX), SARAH DAVACHI and RICHARD SMITH, moderated by KARL FOUSEK, takes on the dialogue between machine, design, customization and creativity.


Again this year, media partner Holo Magazine presents talks with audiovisual artists hosted by editor Greg J. Smith.

DynamicMTL, is featured Saturday afternoon at the Phi Centre in a pop-up form of their quarterly events which deal in themes around digital design. Featuring audiovisual artists and experiential visual designers TARIK BARRI and MATTHEW BIEDERMAN (and more TBA) presentations are followed by a moderated discussion.

EMAC, the Electronic Music Association of Concordia returns this year to lead artist discussions on Wednesday afternoon. McGill University professor and renowned sound studies scholar Jonathan Sterne hosts a panel about contemporary practices in electronic music with JULIA KENT among the confirmed participants.

Experimental music critic Alexander Iadarola from New York, will lead in depth discussions with artists representing the SHAPE platform, notably LORENZO SENNI, as well as a panel exploring the unique issues surrounding this exceptional European curatorial platform.

Montréaler Jean Patrice Remillard of PHEEK Audio Services, and the head of Archipel Records, will offer a lecture and session on mastering, Friday morning.

Members of the Montréal-based music library PremiumBeat will be on site with a kiosk in the lobby of the Phi Centre, inviting music producers to learn how to join their artist roster and successfully license their music with major brands. 


In collaboration with the festival, local artist centre Oboro is offering sounding_bodies, a modular synth masterclass and residency from May 30 to June 3. Taking place at Oboro’s studios, participants will get up close with the mechanics and the magic of modular creation. Registration info: lab@oboro.net

On Thursday, June 2 at Autodesk’s stylish offices, MUTEK will present the fifth edition of COMPOSITE, an event series initiated by the Conseil des arts de Montréal that invites digital artists and entrepreneurs to share their projects and concepts. Creators and professionals are invited to submit their projects by May 15 at forum.composite@gmail.com.

On Friday, June 3 at the Phi Centre, MUTEK is pleased to host the Vendredi Numerique, a event of the Printemps Numerique that creates a networking and exchange context for topics related to digital creation in the city.


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