From Digital Music News:
At the end of September around 150 musical acts and 25,000 attendees will be at the 11th annual Decibel Festival in Seattle. In the words of festival organizers, Decibel is an “international festival of electronic music performance, visual art, and new media“.
The festival is headquartered at the EMP, a stunning museum dedicated to music and pop culture. Many other Seattle venues will host events throughout the festival as well. Over the course of five days Decibel will host performances from evening till morning, boat parties, and a three day conference featuring panels, workshops, and talks.
I think that one of the most compelling aspects of Decibel is the pairing of live electronic music and visual art. Many of the musical artists on the bill are teaming up with visual artists for their sets. Not only will these sets be fun to watch, they’ll put new technology to use and I think they’ll be indicative of where live electronic music is headed.
I talked to a number of musical artists, visual artists, managers, and publicists to find out more about some of the scheduled A/V sets. I think it’s a given that well-known artists like Simian Mobile Disco and Alessandro Cortini (of Nine Inch Nails) will have stunning sets, so I dug a little deeper to compile this list of forward-thinking A/V sets that shouldn’t be missed. The list is presented in chronological order, based on the festival schedule.