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A Guide to Convergence Festival 2015: Music + Art + Technology

With just 2 days to go until Convergence Festival 2015 kicks off in London, we thought we’d compile a guide to the festival so you know exactly what’s going on and where.

For those not in the know, Convergence Festival is a celebration of music, art and technology presented in the form of a series of live events and workshops held within leading venues across London, including the Royal Festival Hall in Southbank, Kachette in Old St, St John’s Church in Hackney and Village Underground in Shoreditch.

With its emphasis on live performance, new music, spontaneity, collaboration and one-off experimentation, Convergence seeks to promote intuition from its artists and inspire wonder in its audiences.

Convergence lineups are vast and impressive and if you’ve ever wanted to see the likes of Gary Numan, Clark, Matthew Herbert, Pantha Du Prince, Shackleton, Andy Stott, Zomby, Paula Temple, Darkstar, Rival Consoles and Kiasmos all play in London, this is your chance.

Below you’ll find details about every workshop sessions and live show. Convergence Festival starts on Thursday 12th March at Village Underground with Clark, Vessels (live) and Rival Consoles (live).


SESSIONS

A series of discussions and workshops taking place at Kachette in Old Street.

Thursday 19th March 1-5pm

Day 1: Future of music industry and audio production

What will the music industry look like in 2025? What will change and what will remain the same? How will experiential, binaural and 4D sound change the landscape of electronic audio production?

Sessions will be followed by a networking reception and special analogue tape performance by Langham Research Centre, Muffled Cyphers.

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Friday 20th March 1-5pm

Day 2: Innovation in multimedia, digital art and live music visuals

How have technology, music and art converged to create unforgettable experiences for audiences and users? Where do the boundaries between these art forms blur? How has technology changed the creative process and what tools are being used?

Sessions will be followed by a unique, collaborative performance by Leafcutter John (of Polar Bear) and Scanner and a networking reception hosted by 3 Beards.

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Saturday 21st March 11am to 5pm

Day 3: Creative Labs

Convergence partners with Barbican Guildhall’s Young Arts Academy, Ableton and Powster to offer emerging artists a full day of practical workshops and a masterclass with seasoned professionals, including a discussion with electronic music pioneers Mouse On Mars led by BBC 3’s Nick Luscombe. Participating visual artists and musicians will come together to explore the interplay between image, technology and sound, and have the opportunity to learn hands-on skills.

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SHOWS

Convergence Opening Party

Thursday 12th March 7pm, Village Underground

Clark, Vessels (live), Rival Consoles (live)

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Friday 13th March 8pm, St John-at-Hackney Church

Kiasmos, Rival Consoles (live), Vessels (DJ set), Dorian Concept

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Friday 13th March 10pm, Village Underground

Andy Stott, Untold (live), Inga Copeland

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Saturday 14th March 8pm, St John-at-Hackney Church

Tricky, Gazelle Twin, Rival Consoles (live)

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Monday 16th March 7pm, Village Underground

Boom Room Launch Event: Andrew Weatherall, Eat Lights Become Lights, White Noise Sound, Saycet, Mental Overdrive, Clara B & Ben Osborne

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Monday 16th March 7pm, Amnesty International UK

Life in Music – George Clinton


Tuesday 17th March 7.30pm, Village Underground

Herbert (live), K15

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Wednesday 18th March 7.30pm, Village Underground

Portico (album launch), Snow Ghosts

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Thursday 19th March 7.30pm, Village Underground

Tropical Beats Party with: Batida, Skip&Die, Alo Wala

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Friday 20th March 7:30pm, Royal Festival Hall

Gary Numan + DIGITS

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Friday 20th March 7:30pm (early show finishes at 9pm), Village Underground

Radioland: Kraftwerk’s Radio-Activity Revisited: Matthew Bourne (analogue synthesisers), Franck Vigroux (electronics), Antoine Schmitt (generative video).

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Friday 20th March 10.30pm, Village Underground

Mouse on Mars, Shackleton, Paula Temple: Hybrid A/V

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Saturday 21st March 8pm, The Troxy, Wapping

Pantha du Prince, Darkstar, special late set by Zomby, Paula Temple (DJ)

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For all other information head to the Convergence Festival website or Facebook page.