Mountains, fire, synths: The story of Elevation 1049 – Frequencies



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A mirrored house against the mountains; modular synthesis in a 15th century church; bridges burning in the snow – few festivals play host to as dramatic an array of locations and environments as Elevation 1049.

Produced by Luma Foundation in collaboration with The Store X The Vinyl Factory, Elevation 1049 took place in the Swiss mountain town of Gstaad from Feb 1-3, 2019 to a riot of sound and sensory provocation connected by the theme of Frequencies.

The centrepiece of the weekend was the unveiling of Doug Aitken’s ‘Mirage Gstaad’, a mirrored suburban house, transposed to the snow-covered mountain, where it will remain for two years, reflecting the changing environment around it.

‘Mirage Gstaad’ was accompanied by a line-up of diverse performances by female artists, from synth legend Suzanne Ciani to Israeli conceptual artist Naama Tsabar’s poly-microphonic ‘Barricades’, Liz Magic Laser’s trancendental mediation session and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s retro-futuristic sci-fi music project Exotourisme.

You can watch Ciani’s performance at Elevation 1049 in full here and find out more about this year’s festival here.

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