Something as original and venturesome as the New Media Art and Sound Summit is absolutely a pioneering presence in our city, revealing the intersections where music and art cross and entwine in exceptional ways, and redefining what “music” might mean. The three-day festival, launched in 2010, celebrates a wide range of eclectic and innovative music performances while incorporating performance art, interactive pieces, experimental film, and workshops. This year, festival presenter Church of the Friendly Ghost is collaborating with the Austin Museum of Digital Art.
This year’s highlights include renown underground artist J. G. Thirlwell performing with NYC-based composer and guitarist Noveller and with a string ensemble, West Coast surreal electro-funk artist and orignal Midnight Vulture Gary Wilson, and performances by electronic musicians S U R V I V E, SYMBOL and Xander Harris (the latter featured on today’s Austin Music Minute). And something else not to miss: Tesseract 4.0, the exclusive NMASS venue transformation installation that occurs each year.
NMASS launches with the Code In Motion film program with filmmaker Clint Enns tonight at 7 p.m. at Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., and continues tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Visit the NMASS website for ticket information and schedules. An eye- and mind-opening experience you won’t forget. Very recommended.