Adelaide Festival

New Artists Announced for Adelaide Festival’s Unsound Adelaide


Three new acts have been added to the line up for the first Unsound Adelaide, which is exclusively presented by Adelaide Festival over three nights at Queen’s Theatre.

The notable Canadian dark ambient sound artist, Tim Hecker (CAN) will perform a highly-anticipated solo set, exploratory art duo Hype Williams (UK) combine performance art with bass mutations and dark purveyors of minimalist modern industrial music, Raime (pictured) (UK) will bring their celebrated live show.

These additions will complete the already impressive line-up of sound-artists including: Lustmord (UK/USA), Actress (UK), Ben Frost (AUS, Iceland), Robin Fox and more, and act as replacements to Emeralds and James Leyland Kirby’s projects: V/VM and The Caretaker.

Raime are the shadowy UK duo who debuted on new label Blackest Ever Black.  The pair have honed a shadowy minimalist techno, chamber ambient and modern industrial sound to pair a commanding and visually stunning live show. Their debut album, Quarter Turns Over A Living Line was released in November 2012.

Tim Hecker explores the intersection of noise, dissonance and melody, fostering an approach to songcraft which is both physical and emotive. His work has been described as ‘structured ambient’, ‘tectonic colour plates’ and ‘cathedral electronic music’.  Pitchforkrecognised his album Harmony in Ultraviolet as a ‘top recording of 2006’. He also creates music for contemporary dance and sound-art installations under the name Jetone. In addition to this show, Hecker will be playing a set collaborating with Daniel Lopatin on Thursday, 14 March also for Unsound Adelaide.

British bass weirdos, Hype Williams is Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland. They have a reputation for hectic live shows which are mind-bending, visceral, surreal and challenging: definitely not for the faint-hearted. Taking the name from a notorious hip-hop music video creator, the duo create music ingrained with early dubstep and grime, peppered with elements of pop and R&B. They avoid conforming to formulaic genres, concentrating on fluidity and ‘free wandering’ in their sound, focusing people’s attention on the art, not the hype.

Adelaide Festival Artistic Director David Sefton said “Without question, Unsound is one of the most interesting things happening in music today. I am delighted to be able to present this ‘Festival within a Festival’ and for Australia to see these extraordinary artists.”

It’s dark and it’s challenging, but that’s precisely why it works” – The Guardian (Raime)

Their set was one of the most visceral, mind bending forty-five minutes of my life.” – (Hype Williams)

Think of that guitar solo you love – that one note that gives you goosebumps every time – and that’s the power these carefully cultivated moments by Hecker have.” –

Full Line Up:

Unsound Adelaide Thursday 14 March
Tim Hecker (Canada) & Daniel Lopatin (aka Oneohtrix Point Never) (United States of America)
Robin Fox (Australia)
Raime (United Kingdom)
Trinity: Biosphere (Norway), Lustmord (United Kingdom/United States of America) & MFO (Germany)

Unsound Adelaide Friday 15 March
Tim Hecker (solo) (Canada)
Actress (United Kingdom)
Hype Williams (United Kingdom)

Unsound Adelaide Saturday 16 March
Lustmord (Solo) (United Kingdom/United States of America)
Demdike Stare with Zephyr Quartet & Friends (United Kingdom, Australia)
Pole (Germany)
Ben Frost (solo)(Australia, Iceland)

Queen’s Theatre, Playhouse Lane
Thu 14 & Sat 16 Mar 7.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)
Fri 15 Mar 9pm (doors open 8pm)

Tickets: Adult $49 (each show)
Season ticket $120 (all 3 Unsound Adelaide shows at Queen’s Theatre)
Box Office: or BASS 131 246

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