Known for his intense escalation of ambient noise crafted on synthesizers, sequencers and software, Tim Hecker recently elevated acoustic source material onto equal footing with his technology, linking the two worlds in heightened conversation: trademark static, feedback, industrial chords and bass permeate, as ancient musical melodies steadily weave through the soundscape.
Continuing the dialogue in live performance, Hecker and the Konoyo Ensemble weave natural and treated sound sources to turn the MUTEK stage into a concert hall of new proportions and ancient/modern revelations.
Kazuya Nagaya has long altered the exquisite sacred sounds of bronze bells, gongs and singing bowls to recontextualize the meditative effect of their reverberating sound and silence. Ponderous and thoughtful, Nagaya's drifting notes and echoing drones inquire about the world and incite personal introspection. At MUTEK this year, Nagaya performs on 212 Japanese traditional Buddhist instrument bowls, installed on the floor in circle around him and his laptop. A wholly unique performance that sets the tone for Tim Hecker and the Konoyo Ensemble to follow.
X/VISIONS series is part of the 20th edition of the MUTEK Festival which takes place from August 20 to 25, 2019 in Montréal. More information on www.mutek.org