Unsound Festival, Krakow.

I’ve been meaning to check the Unsound Festival for the last couple years, fortunately every thing aligned this year to enable Magda and I to check it out.

Unsound is pretty much like no other festival out there at the moment in my opinion, the only thing that comes close in comparison was the Triptych Festival from a number of years ago, last held in 2008 in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

The difference between these and traditional idea of a music festival (in a field with thousands of not very like minded people) is that Unsound is held in a city with lots of events simultaneously going on in various locations and venues. Its the nature and quality of these events that seems to attract very like minded people, which is refreshing to say the least.

Unsound is whole weeks worth of forward thinking music, art and discussion, a lot of it is very specialised and niche, yes – but, if you’re open, then you’ll find some wonderful and unexpected experiences. I will be making the trip again in 2014 for sure.

Highlights for us were many…  Sound recordist and ex Cabaret Voltaire member Chris Watson had a wonderful sound installation in Krakow’s 200 year old Jagiellonian University Botanical Gardens, more info here. Infact the Gardens are well worth a visit on their own…

….and a special mention to the many great talks from artists at Bunkier Sztuki during the day from the likes of Underground Resistance, Svengalistghost, Richard Mosse et all, the Polish label forums and showcases, the heavy, late Nights at Hotel Forum, Robert Richs’ sleep concert, the late night Interference film season, Mullholland Drive Clinic and so much more.

So, this is a photo blog, what about the photographs ? Well, as part of Unsound ‘Interference’ theme cameras were banned at all the events, which I thought worked brilliantly  and was a refreshing change that you only really noticed in hindsight.

Of course I took a camera, the Contax T2. Here’s a few images from in and around Krakow.

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Pentax LX, Pentax 50mm SMC-A 1.4, Fuji Pro 400H

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So my house move was stressful, emotional and I feel a bit like the photograph above but, fortunately I’m off to Manchester this weekend to see Portico Quartet play a gig at the RNCM. They’re being supported by Matthew Halsall who also has a damn fine new album out already in 2012. I’ve been digging them both a lot.

Also catching up a friend or two Saturday so all good…oh and Emma is going to be kind enough to pose for me, although she does’nt know it yet..

I’ll have the Pentax LX with me fresh from its recent CLA and hope to have all day Sunday with cameras before flying back via Liverpool so more photos too – been struggling lately to shoot anything decent here on the Island to be honest…

Bye for now…

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Contax T2, Ilford Delta 3200

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Just a quickie to inform you of my first big album of 2012.  The re-vamped Portico Quartet have just released their eponymous third album on Real World Records and its  big [for me anyway]

Its on constant rotation on all my music devices – give it a whirl …

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..oh – and I should direct you to this ace mix from the ever wonderful Natural Yogurt Band x

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Pentax K1000 50mm f1.7 - Kodak Portra 160
Olympus OM1n 50mm 1.8 - Fuji Pro 400H

Just a little music related post to tell you about an lovely 2hour mix from the Psychemagik chaps, one that i’ve had  pretty on much full time rotation in the car since my Dimlite phase the other month.

Not sure how i’d describe it or pigeon hole it so I wont bother – its just cool in a balearic sort of way. Download it here from the always fantastic Test Pressing blog.

By for now.

bayr ny skeddan

 

Found myself awake into the early hours this morning, actually checking out Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide show live instead of the usual ‘listen again’ option on BBC iPlayer.

Brilliant track selection with a great interview with Robert Glasper and some awesome new tracks from Portico Quartet. Check the show out on iPlayer here ( or you can sneakily d/l it here )