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Experience mind-bending music and interactive art galleries during the MUTEK festival next week

Catch MUTEK Montreal's live and online shows full of movers and shakers in the electronic scene, visit interactive galleries of moving art, and more in less than a week.
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JP Karwacki

As of next week, Montreal's annual edition of the MUTEK festival for electronic music and digital arts will be moving forward in a new 'hybrid edition' that will combine in-person performances with limited seating and live broadcasts online.

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A Hybrid 21st Edition from September 8 to 13 Every evening, from Tuesday, September 8 to Sunday, September 13, 2020, the Société des arts technologiques (SAT) and Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle will be home to audiences taking in live audiovisual performances, which will also be broadcasted on a new virtual platform (free RSVP) with three virtual stages, an interactive gallery, a screening room, and a listening room. The full Festival lineup will be unveiled on Tuesday, August 25, at noon (EDT, UTC-4), and tickets to the physical performances will go on sale the next day, Wednesday, August 26, at noon (EDT, UTC-4). #MUTEK #MUTEKForum #virtualevents #electronicmusicfestival #digitalcreativity

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From September 8 to September to 13, shows and galleries featuring a wealth of local acts and professional artists will be taking place at the Société des arts technologiques (SAT) and Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle downtown. All told, the festival will be made up of more than 100 artists with 34 local performances, 19 of which will be world premieres captured live at the Place des Arts’ Cinquième Salle and in the dome of the SAT plus 24 international performances from 8 countries: Argentina, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Korea, Spain, and the United States. 

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Electronic music and digital art connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike can see the entire line-up in MUTEK's latest release here.

Alongside the bevy of electronic musical acts will be an interactive gallery with over 20 virtual reality, 360°, or sound pieces to check out, a screening room for master classes and presentations from MUTEK's curated forum of sound design and digital artists, and a listening room equipped with an archived 20 years of past MUTEK performances.

Photograph: Bruno Destombes

For any Montrealers who are squeamish about being in close(r) proximity to others, a virual platform is being set up—free of charge—as the performances happen. If you're some freeloader excited at the prospect of this, however, donations to the organization are encouraged in a PWYC fashion.

Photograph: Myriam Menard

Tickets have been on sale since August 26, but upon visiting the festival's box office, it appears that none of the shows—each of which are typically going for $25 to $30 each for in-person performances—have sold out.

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