The Unsound Festival explores a different corner of the avantgarde world, with roots in club, techno and ambient music. It started off in cramped cellars, soon evolving into a major festival with concerts held at venues such as the Museum of Municipal Engineering and the Church of St. Catherine; more recently, the former Hotel Forum has been brought back to life by the organisers of Unsound and now serves as a space for meetings and events under the banner Forum Przestrzenie.
It would be difficult to outline the festival’s programme framework, but if we were to generalise, it could be said to showcase ambitious electronic music. Since its founders like to take their audiences by surprise, Unsound has often been described as a laboratory bringing together new media, visual arts and experimentation on all fronts. Some memorable events of recent years have been Ben Frost and Daniel Bjarnasson’s “Solaris” produced with Sinfonietta Cracovia with visualisations by Brian Eno and Nick Robertson, and the project “Ephemera” combining audio, visuals and smell. Unsound has no ties to a single concert venue in Kraków, and its restless spirit also reaches far beyond Poland. The organisers have already held satellite festivals as far afield as London, New York, Adelaide and Tbilisi.
This brings us to the end of our musical journey. After our busy autumn it’s time to take a rest, and join Kraków’s jazz and alternative circles in a spot of well-earned hibernation. Nourished with music we lay dormant awaiting spring and the launch of the next long concert season!