DAY 1: SCANNER (UK), LAWRENCE ENGLISH (AU), DANIEL MENCHE (US)
DAY 2: TIM HECKER (CA), PAN•AMERICAN (US), LOSCIL (CA), WIDESKY (US)
Substrata 1.2 is the 2nd edition of the Seattle sound & visual art event happening August 3-5. At its nucleus: a two-day performance program, workshop, lecture & a field trip to the Cascades mountain range.
The idea behind Substrata is to explore varying perspectives of scale though the use of sound, composition and visuals. It features two performance showcases featuring accomplished, internationally renowned artists working in the cutting edge where structural abstraction meets physical dynamics.
The performance program focuses on live electronic music: applying technology to a concert setting while incorporating traditional & non-traditional instruments. The workshop/lecture explores academic musical traditions, experimental music and pop (sub) cultures within the sound arts community; the field trip engages participants and performing artists in field recordings and deep listening exercises on site.
Each showcase is curated to distinctly portrait different takes of the potency of minimalism, varying between weighty combinations of tonalities used to sculpt out atmospheric ambiance, or powerful dynamic structures made up of the subtlest filigree of sonic building materials. By creating compositional spaces dealing with a sense of mass, along with openness of structure, the perspective of scale and the listener's place in relation is shifted to allow for greater a sense of 'place' beyond the environ of the performance in the interplay of the moment and physics of the larger world.
All in all, Substrata is an event that fosters appreciation for our natural surroundings and creates meaningful interaction between artists/participants while exploring a new locality.
As the name “substrata” implies, it is about subtle aesthetics that go beneath the surface and into deeper aural territories.
What others have said
"Substrata 1.1 was the inaugural edition of a concerted effort by curator and creative director, Rafael Anton Irisarri, to bring noise, subtlety and aural immersion to the forefront. Featuring an international lineup of artists who defy any concrete classification, the two performance days were an engrossing dedication to musical detail and sounds often overlooked.” - Mike Reid, Resident Advisor (UK)
"Substrata is a small-scale, DIY, experimental/ambient music festival founded by Seattle musician Rafael Anton Irisarri, who records gauzy, obliquely guitar-based music as the Sight Below…Substrata not only elaborates on Irisarri's minimalist sonic aesthetics, it also represents a radical idea of what a small-scale, experimental music festival might look like, from its 150-capacity main events at the Chapel Performance Space in Wallingford on Friday and Saturday to the 15-person day hike on Sunday, July 17, during which participants will make field recordings of the natural environment." - Eric Grandy, Seattle Weekly
"What sets Substrata apart from other festivals is that a select cast of 15 attendees will be able to join the performers on a trip to the Cascade Mountains for "an auditory field trip... [during which] a small group of participants will spend time with the performing artists while capturing environmental recordings." - Dave Segal, The Stranger
What We Need & What You Get
Substrata 1.2 is an ambitious project - we have artists coming in from all parts of the world. We believe bringing international talent to our town helps facilitate the exchange of ideas and culture while creating a unique experience for each participant.
Substrata Festival is small, and we plan to keep it that way - there are already enough "big events" catering to the masses. What we do is special, unique and meaningful. Every penny we raise will go towards paying for artists fees, travel costs, printing/promotion, equipment rental, etc – in other words, meet our budget!
This year we are adding two daytime free educational events, making the event accessible to anyone who wishes to attend, even those who cannot afford the evening program full ticket price.
We hope those of you who follow the sound arts community around the world unable to join us physically, will at least be able to contribute – even a small $1 donation counts. Help us make it happen!
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