Thanks to donations submitted through the associated Indiegogo campaign, Seattle’s newfound exploration of cochleas continues this year with the official announcement and lineup-unveiling of Substrata 1.3, to be hosted once again at the intimate Chapel Performance Space in the city’s Wallingford neighborhood. Perhaps serving as a testament to the enthusiasm of the event’s supporters, not only did said Indiegogo campaign succeed, but this third edition has seen a third day of performances added, just in case two days of sonic envelopment weren’t enough to leave you venturing home in a sensorial haze.
Last year’s edition had some unsurprisingly stellar performances from the likes of Tim Hecker, Loscil, and the elusive Pan•American. This year’s edition is set to maintain the stellar-ness, though again, extended across an additional evening.
The lineup includes a mix of the local and the not, as Pacific Northwesterners Grouper, Sean Curley, Ethernet, and The Sight Below (a.k.a. Substrata curator Rafael Anton Irisarri) join Christina Vantzou, Yagya, and Jacaszek to comprise part of the international bill. The guitar-wielding drone artists Noveller and Ken Camden, as well as the versatile Kim Cascone, round out what’s sure to be, as it has been previously, a thoroughly immersive few days, and a worthwhile replacement for “ommmm” activities.
And like previous editions, Substrata 1.3 will feature free daytime events on Saturday (details TBA) and a separately-ticketed auditory field trip on Sunday, for those wishing to mold their ears (and their minds) even further. Tickets for the performances are $35 per day or $65 for a three-day pass, and the event will take place July 18-July 21.
Can’t make it this year? The Substrata-inspired isolatedmix from Irisarri himself might be the next best thing:
• Substrata 1.3: http://substratafestival.com