Under the Rival Consoles moniker, accomplished sound designer and producer Ryan Lee West devises a spectrum of measured musical strategies to humanize electronic sounds, lending emotional swells, organic warmth and composerly drama to synthesized beats. Since 2009, the London-based West has released a handful of otherworldly, thoughtfully computerized LPs and EPs on the nu classical Erased Tapes imprint, which has led the way in its imaginative explorations of artificial musical divides (digital/analog, electronic/acoustic, pop/classical, etc.), building a tight knit family around esteemed fellow signees such as Nils Frahm. With expansive ideas often first fleshed out on piano, guitar and violin, Rival Consoles happily engages in a process of reduction, limiting his analog equipment supply and ensuring that sounds be experienced viscerally through massively impactful breathing space. Inspired by the visual arts and the power of colour, his latest EP, Sonne (2014), builds into glistening sequences of ambient collages and sparingly administered percussive euphoria. MUTEK is proud to welcome Rival Consoles’s mosaic of emotionally resonant textures and timbres to the festival for the first time. In collaboration with Convergence festival with the support of the Québec government and the British Council.