Mute host 2 days – 13th + 14th May 2011 – at London’s historic Roundhouse as part of the annual Short Circuit Electronic Music Festival and have just announced the first details of the artists to be involved, with further announcements to follow in the coming weeks.

The 2 day programme will feature performances and unique collaborations from Mute artists past, present and future alongside DJs, talks, workshops, screenings and installations. A celebration of Mute’s unique and influential work as a label and publisher, the occasion will see all of the Roundhouse’s public spaces open together for the first time.

Friday 13th May (6pm-1am) will feature rare UK live performances from RECOIL, Nitzer Ebb, Richard H. Kirk, Carter Tutti with Nik Void, NON (Boyd Rice), The Balanescu Quartet and Komputer, plus live sets from key German electronic music figures Pole, T. Raumschmiere, Thomas Fehlmann and Thomas Brinkmann. Mute’s founder, Daniel Miller, will also perform a DJ set.

Confirmed for Saturday 14th May (12pm-12am) is an exclusive performance by Erasure who will be joined by very special guests. Also performing live will be The Residents, Laibach, Liars, recent Mute signings Big Deal and S.C.U.M, Poppy & The Jezebels, Simon Fisher Turner collaborating with Mira Calix, James Brooks, Peter Gregson plus a special guest performance from Alison Moyet. DJing on the night will be Danny Briottet (Renegade Soundwave) and Irmin Schmidt (Can) & Kumo (Jono Podmore) who will play The Sound Of Can – CAN ARCHIVES SPECIAL, previewing newly discovered music set for release in September.
Saturday 14th will also include a program of talks and films, alongside live performances throughout the afternoon. Talks confirmed so far include Stefan Betke (aka Pole) with ‘An Introduction into the science of Mastering’ and veteran producer and long time Mute collaborator Gareth Jones (Depeche Mode, Erasure and Liars) will talk about his work with the label. Films include the 2009 Mark Stewart documentary ‘On/Off’ and an exclusive Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds film by Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard.

A series of installations will be running across the Short Circuit festival. Berlin based synth boutique Schneiders Buero will build a unique carousel where visitors can play with new modular and hardware synths. Flies, Guys and Choirs is an audio/visual installation by Irmin Schmidt & Kumo that will transform the sounds of people within the public space in to the bizarre and beautiful. Felix’s Machines (Felix Thorn) will be exhibiting one of his music making sculptures.
Tickets are available from http://www.roundhouse.org.uk/short-circuit-presents-mute / 0844 482 8008 and are priced as follows:

Fri 13 May – £30 (6pm-1am)
Sat 14 May – £45 (12pm-12am)
Fri & Sat – £65
Limited Premium Ticket – SOLD OUT

All events are 14+, 16 and under should be accompanied by an adult


The German electronic label Raster-Noton have confirmed a line up for the opening night of 2011’s Short Circuit – Thursday 12th May – and a specially created sound piece will link the Raster-Noton and Mute events. The Raster-Noton / Mute Sound Halo will consist of sound loops created by artists from both labels and will play overnight from 12th May to link the two events.

The line up for Raster-Noton’s event features the premiere of Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto’s new piece, plus performances from Anne James Chaton, Grischa Lichtenberger, Atom TM, Byetone and Mark Fell (snd). Tickets are onsale from today.