Visual artists:

MARCO BAROTTI / 5237 & SMECH / BridA /




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24 September 2018


at 18.00

Marco Barotti

Installation opening

Fishpond at Tivoli Park

at 20.00 

Cankarjev dom, Kosovel Hall

Yair Elazar Glotman &
Mats Erlandsson

Negative Chambers

Žiga Murko (trombone), Anastazija Krenn (cello)Katarina Kozjek (viola)

The collaboration between Mats Erlandsson and Yair Elazar Glotman (Negative chambers) draws on their respective musical backgrounds to create an imaginary, dislocated “folk” music for the current dark ages.

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Tristan Perich:
Tone Patterns - premiere!

Tristan Perich‘s (New York) work is inspired by the aesthetic simplicity of math, physics and code.

The WIRE Magazine describes his compositions as "an austere meeting of electronic and organic." 1-Bit Music, his 2004 release, was the first album ever released as a microchip, programmed to synthesize his electronic composition live.

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25 September 2018


Performative installations




5237 x SMECH

Visual intervention
Hostel Tresor, Čopova ulica 38, Ljubljana

5237 (Stella Ivšek) in SMECH (Anja Romih) sta multimedijski umetnici, ki se ukvarjata z vizualizacijo zvoka, animacijo video vsebin in montažo, ter se v vlogi vidžejk pojavljata na raznovrstnih glasbenih dogodkih. V preteklih letih sta samostojno sodelovali z različnimi vizualnimi, glasbenimi in kulturnimi kolektivi in zavodi. Njune poti so se pogosto križale pri organizaciji in izvedbi vizualnih vsebin kolektivov CUF, Bojler in Tigerbalm, kot VJ dvojec pa sta se prvič predstavili v okviru letošnjega festivala Fotopub





Adam Basanta / Tristan PerichBridA

This year's SONICA exhibition focuses on TESLA Award winners and three commissions. Adam Basanta presents two installations: Sunken Treasures and An Empty Circle Punctuated by an Irrational Line. Tristan Perich's Tone Patterns Study #2 was also created especially for SONICA, while Perich will also show a selection of his earlier pieces for the first time in Ljubljana: Mechanical Drawings, 1-bit Symphony and Noise Patterns. The exhibition will open with Perich's Observations piece and with an audiovisual performance by Mika Oki.


Tristan PerichObservations

Performed with Jaka Berger.

Mika Oki: Ethereal Resonance 

Audivisual live performance.

DJ: Lucia Udvardyova




26 September 2018



16.00 h

SIGIC, Trg francoske revolucije 6, Ljubljana

International Promotion

Lucia Udvardyová is a music journalist and organiser, co-founder of Easterndaze, a project that aims to document and interconnect emerging underground scenes in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the associated tape label called Baba Vanga. She has collaborated with Czech Radio, Resonance FM, The Quietus, Electronic Beats, Tiny Mix Tapes, Norient, Digicult, POSTmatter, Flash Art, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Next Festival, Creamcake, UH Fest, and Ad Hoc, among others. 

In this talk she will dive into practical aspects of music media, what they are looking for, and how, if at all, could local artists approach them. How can they prepare or even start thinking about approaching international media? She will also share her experience of working with Shape platform, as well as her upcoming project bringing together collectives/labels from "Eastern Europe" and Berlin, Eastern Daze.

Lucia Udvardyová - SHAPE Platform

17.00 h 

SIGIC, Trg francoske revolucije 6, Ljubljana

Independent labels and music licensing in the age of corporate internet

In a thoughtful reflection based on his wide experience in various layers of music business, James Ginzburg will discuss music publishing through the lense of his Multiverse and Subtext Recordings model. His talk will focus on the impact of mega corporations (such as google, facebook and youtube) on music business, including on independent music labels. We’ll also look at the ways in which the corporate record labels worked out how to shift their model away from physical product into the Spotify / Youtube era through controlling internet infrastructure and the effect this has had on independent music. Finally, we’ll discuss music licensing (often to brands or corporate media channels) as a necessary way of scaling any music business into a model that can invest in any way into artists.   

James Ginzburg is one half of Emptyset and the founder and curator of one of the most prominent labels in contemporary experimental music, Subtext Recordings. Since 2004, James has also been leading Multiverse - a publishing company and network of record labels based in Berlin, which focuses on the intersection between experimental electronic music, contemporary classical, and outsider pop.

James Ginzburg - Subtext Recordings & Multiverse

19.00 h 

Pritličje, Mestni trg 2, Ljubljana

Round Table:
East by Southeast

A talk about the initiatives of music festivals outside of Europe. In recent years, European festivals are increasingly establishing their branches in the East and South. In recent years, SHAPE platform has been introduced at MUTEK in Montreal, at Novas Frequencias in Rio de Janeiro, and recently at Nyege Nyege Festival in Jinja, Uganda.

What opportunities and challenges do these co-operations bring? Could we discuss these initiatives as a form of cultural diplomacy or even a cultural colonisation? We will consider the festival as a business model and the role of the festival as a political platform.

Experiences will be shared by CTM's Oliver Baurhenn (with the initiatives of CTM Iran, CTM Siberia), Olof van Winden from TodaysArt (TodaysArt Japan), and Natalia Fuchs, a curator and agent, who mainly represents Russian new media and sound artists.

Olof van Winden - TodaysArt
Oliver BaurhenCTM
Natalia FuchsArtypical, independent curator
Dražen Dragojević – Moderator

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27 September 2018 


16.00 h 

SIGIC, Trg francoske revolucije 6, Ljubljana 

Artist Toolkit:
Agencies - do we need them?

A talk with Brandon Rosenbluth, an artists, musician and agent from LittleBig Agency (that represents Aphex Twin, Actress, Ben Frost, Clark, Nathan Fake, etc.). Littlebig Agency was founded by Ned Beckett in 2004 in Brighton, UK, after working at Warp Records and has been based in Berlin for over a decade with satellite offices in Brighton and Bristol. The agency went on to found Leisure System, hosting the first nights by an outside promoter in Berghain, and has transformed in to a record label and worldwide event series.

In this talk, Brandon Rosenbluth will share his experience of working at LittleBig. How do agencies work? How do they choose the musicians they represent? Are they interested in the Central European or Eastern European market? How can we get in touch with agents? How does having signing to an agency contribute to the artists's career? 

Brandon Rosenbluth - Little Big International Booking Agency

17.00 h

SIGIC, Trg francoske revolucije 6, Ljubljana


We will discuss emerging scenes in the Middle East, how they are perceived and marketed in the West and what opportunities are opening through new technologies. What is Sote’s concept of “other sound” about? What is the relation of techno and Middle Eastern music in terms of (poly)rhythm and pulse? And what is the relation between the avant-garde, experimental music and tradition? On the effects of transmigration in modern society, the concept of decoding and deconstructing culture and being outside of culture with two acclaimed artist, Ata Ebtekar aka Sote.

Speakers: Sote aka Ata Ebtekar. Moderated by: Luka T. Zagoričnik 

19.00 h 

PRITLIČJE, Mestni trg 2, Ljubljana

Festival Platforms: SHAPE / ICAS

A roundtable discussion on burning issues of festival platforms and networks. 

The aim of this round table is to present the mission and functionality of SHAPE Platform, a network of 16 European festivals and art centres aiming to support, promote and exchange aspiring musicians and interdisciplinary artists with an interest in sound. What has the platform learned in its first three years and what are its challenges for the future? Can SHAPE Platform really contribute to promotion of under-represented artists? What are the experiences of Slovenian artists who participated in SHAPE? And also, what are the internal dynamics of the platform: relations between bigger and smaller festivals, artistic variety, etc. 

As SHAPE platform was formed by members of ICAS (International Cities of Advanced Sound) – a global network of independent non-profit organizations dedicated to advancing sound cultures, music and related arts; we will also touch upon the network and its current activities.

Representatives of SHAPE platform festivals: 

Thomas DumkeCynetart, Dresden
Susanna NiedermeyerMusikprotokoll, Graz
Christian Kroupa / Alleged Witches - SHAPE alumni  

Dražen Dragojević  – moderator

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27 September 2018
at 12.00

Kavarna Moderna, Modern Gallery

Speed Dating Event with artists, producers and media

27 September 2018
at 20:00

Kino Šiška, Center for Urban Culture, Trg prekomorskih brigad 3, Ljubljana

In collaboration with Kino Šiška, SONICA presents an explosive festival evening of eclectic and adventerous club music by SHAPE platform artists.


Lifecutter is the dark and elaborate technoid of Domen Učakar, also half of the noise duo Ontervjabbit. With his second album Death(c)rave (Kamizdat, 2017) he strongly positioned his unmerciful vision of contemporary techno, and his energetic live sets have set numerous underground visitors to a cadaverous dance. 

Aïsha Devi

No one on this planet sounds like Aïsha Devi. Her voice is her most powerful tool in a repertoire that includes thumping beats and rave stabs, seraphic and guttural throat singing, mystical linguistics and corporeal sonics. Her music is spiritual and her live shows are transcendent experiences. She is a rebel and a radical alchemist who is breaking down barriers and traversing dimensions with her art.

Giant Swan

Across a table of machines and pedals, incorporating abused guitar and liberal vocal manipulation, Giant Swan create a cross-breed of hypnotic bass, industrial percussion and disorientating energy delivered with telepathic intricacy. 



28 September 2018



PRITLIČJE, Mestni trg 2, Ljubljana

A Class of Its Own - on the question of class in contemporary music

Contemporary music is not beyond the question of social class. But it seems it has lost the sensitivity for it. The question of identity? Solved. The question of gender? Embodied. The question of social class? That’s a question! How does the social class condition contemporary music? How much class awareness or belonging is there in contemporary music? How can production and distribution, consumption and reception influence the construction of class? Which music is or could be the basis for struggles and movements for a better tomorrow? Or maybe a carrier, their mobilization force? Which music is the music of the precarious creative class? What about the working and consumer classes? What are the roles genres and spaces of music play in the construction of social class?

Moderated by Dražen Dragojević. Guests: tbc

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28 September
at 20:00 

Cankarjev dom, Linhart Hall

In celebration of the festival's 10th anniversary, SONICA and Cankarjev dom are proud to present a three part musical experience in Linhart Hall.

We're proud to host Sacred Horror In Design, a fusion of traditional Iranian music with electronics by Sote featuring Tarik Barri's visual voice. From Montreal's vibrant impro scene we present the acclaimed saxophonist Jason Sharp in loop with sound artist Adam Basanta, who returns to Ljubljana in this unique collaboration; and the local all-star audiovisual project Container Doxa presenting their own version of new jazz futurism. 


Container Doxa

Container Doxa is an audio-visual ensemble set on infusing contemporary club music with the protocols of free improvisation and forward thinking jazz. Retaining only fragments of the idioms usually found in jazz music, the band created its own distinctive language which moves across this and other musical spaces with a refreshingly new sonic momentum. 

Jason Sharp & Adam Basanta

Jason Sharp presents his electrifying Stand Above the Streams. Saxophones, heartbeat, pulse, and breathing are played/processed in real time through Sharp's own signal-bending synthesis rig and through Adam Basanta’s bespoke 'controlled feedback' amplification system. The results are utterly gripping, with melodic and micro-tonal elements flowing amidst waves of atmospheric pink and brown noise, low-end modulation and calibrated distortion. 

Sote presents:

Sacred Horror in Design

feat Tarik Barri, Arash Bolouri and Behrouz Pashaei

A ‘Persian techno apocalypse’,  Sacred Horror in Design is a project by Iranian artist Ata Ebtekar aka Sote in collaboration with the celebrated audiovisual composer Tarik Barri (Monolake, Thom Yorke, Nicolas Jaar) and performers Arash Bolouri (santoor) and Behrouz Pashaei (setar) blending electronics with early acoustic instruments. It preserves the beauty of tradition by bending classical models, thus forming future expressions of folkloric art. 


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29 September 2018



Cankarjev dom, Klub

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William Basinski

William Basinski, the legendary and cult NYC artist, collaborator of ANOHNI, Robert Wilson and Marina Abramovič, creator of the timeless Disintegration Loops and one of the finest composers of ambiental music, returns to Ljubljana with his new album A Shadow in Time.


Followed by the SONICA birthday party with DJ sets by:

Star Slinger / Krilc / Levanael / Zergon / Kikimore / CNHN / Gašper Torkar / Glitteris
and more!




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Sonica is a festival of contemporary electronic music and transitory art. In a way, it is conceived as a showcase of the annual program produced by MoTA - Museum of Transitory Art. Its experimental nature questions exhibition and staging formats, crossing borders between art and theory, object and performance.

Sonica is an attempt to transform a classical exhibition space into a field of events, performances, workshops, and lectures. It is a temporary laboratory established on the crossing of visual art, media and sound art and research, consisting of production and research residencies, exhibitions, performances, and public interventions, with a special focus on intersections of music, sound and other art forms.

In the past, Sonica has presented artists like Tim Hecker, Rashad Becker, Emptyset, Marina Rosenfeld, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Plaid, Byetone, Transforma, Herman Kolgen, Zimoun, SND, Nik Nowak, Nonotak, and many others.


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Festival Ticket

The festival ticket grants you access to five concert events (to Cankarjev dom on Monday, Friday and Saturday; to Kino Šiška on Thursday and ROG Concert hall on Friday). 

Tickets for individual events can be bought in pre-sale at the venues or at the door before the concerts. 



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