MUTEK this year looks to be a tremendous few days of audiovisual performance and art. To get in the mood one day early, we’re working with our friends at New York’s eclectic monthly live electronic party to host a special Montreal edition of Warper. It’s a convergence of New York and Montreal artists (full lineup below), running a full twelve hours. It’ll be totally free (donations welcome), with a cash bar available all day and night.

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A big thanks to Jazz Mutant, makers of the OSC-driven, multi-touch controllers Lemur and Dexter, for their support.

I’ll be covering both the pre-party and MUTEK and its artists all week long, along with Greg Smith for Rhizome, so stay tuned to CDM for stories, video, and sound.

Meet up in the open lab: At 2pm, we’ll have an open music and visual technological laboratory, a la our Handmade Music series. Artists will bring their rigs, and original hardware and software creations to share what they’ve made and how they play. Confirmed for the lab:

  • Multitouch and Open Music Tools: Nathanaël Lécaudé and Eric Andrade will show their open source multitouch table PyMT (built in Python), which works with Max/MSP for sound generation, plus the TamTam musical software suite, an educational music suite powered by Csound that runs on the OLPC (and other platforms), created at the University of Montreal by Jean Piché and his team.
  • A Chipsound Premiere: David Viens of Plogue will be on-hand to talk about Plogue’s “chipsound” software instruments, as scooped on CDM – and I hope David brings along some Bidule creations, as well.
  • Guitar video instruments: Matt Dickey is bringing his guitar-video rig, powered by Jitter, which allows audience members to conduct his playing and control visuals and … you’ll just have to come see it to fully understand. (See also his guitar-controlled generative visual experiments.)

Bring your cool rigs + projects: If you’d like to join in on the lab and you’ll be in the Montreal area, just fill out this form to let us know what to expect. (We have 1-2 projectors, a PA, and tables; bring extra amps and cables if you can.)

Lemur multi-touch demo: At 5pm, Brooklyn musician Nick Shelestak (White Badger) will demonstrate how he integrates the Lemur multi-touch hardware controller in the studio and on stage using Ableton Live, along with a few other special features unique to the Lemur.

Audiovisual lineup: At 6pm, we get into fully live audio and visuals from our friends in Montreal and in town from New York. It’s a packed lineup – see the full details below. (The Cougarettes and I will each be doing simultaneous audio and visuals…)


06:00 Kodomo
06:40 Peter Kirn
07:10 Lokey
07:40 !INCLUDE
08:10 [XC3N]
08:50 FreeBassBK
09:30 Friend’s Mens
10:10 The Cougarettes
10:50 ATTN:
11:30 Rhinostrich
12:10 The Materializer
12:50 Atom
01:20 In The Loop

06:00 Holly Danger
06:40 Peter Kirn
07:10 VJ Pocaille
09:30 The Sperm Whale
10:10 The Cougarettes
10:50 VJ DY3KT
11:50 !INCLUDE
12:30 Okus Focus

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It all happens this Tuesday, 2pm to 2am. Hope to see you there.

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  • eisnein


  • Warper Attendee

    This venue must be some kind of joke.

    Poorly organized, filled with arrogance and pseudo-artists that think they are ubercool.

    Guys, stop taking electronic music lightly, and limit yourself to crappy visuals, oh sorry …I meant abstract and creative graphic patterns and tracks that lack any kind of musical value.
    Yes, it's digital music, it's MUSIC.

    For fucks sake, if you do get on stage …for self-promotion of else, get your shit together. Check up of levels, frequencies, etc. so that the audience doesn't lose the hearing after that.

    This must have been most cultureless event I've ever been to. No artistic context of any kind, just some dudes that promote their mediocre products, and leave the room after their part ( oops, performance is over). Support music, support colleagues, engage the crowd. Take it to the next level.

    Next time, just make a humble flyer, don't beef it up till it bleeds. People have high expectations when you do so.


  • Hey now, no need to take such a harsh tone. I saw a lot of hardworking and impressive enthusiasts, many of whom traveled a long way to play for free. Might i ask why this was posted at 8 in the evening? The show was still on, and ran for another 6 hours, with some amazing performances over the night. There's little point in trashing community events, if you're dissatisfied, there's nothing added by complaints. Put together your own event and improve on the past!

  • eric.a

    That's quite a strange rant..

    I presented the multitouch table with Nathanaël during the workshop in the afternoon (had to leave early because I work and we had a lift to bring back the kit). I don't consider myself ubercool/arrogant nor did I get that impression from anyone else… It's mostly about sharing ideas/works in progress -and plenty of that happened-, for free.
    This is culture

    Did you see the plogue/chiptune presentation?? That's pure love and dedication for the art.

    No need to make anything more humble, it's simply going to be better next time!

  • eric.a

    (oops, chiptune = chipsounds)