This morning Decibel Festival director Sean Horton and his team announced the full lineup for its 12th annual edition of electronic music and digital arts, which happens September 23-27. The 95 stylistically diverse acts will be playing 30 showcases in 10 venues located in Capitol Hill and downtown. This is a slightly scaled back agenda, and a welcome retreat from the overwhelming abundance of recent years' offerings. (It's still a helluva lot to take in, and godspeed to anyone who goes full-tilt for all five days.) As always with Decibel, there'll be a conference and workshops on the technical aspects of creating electronic music and video.
The most exciting names on the bill (from my warped perspective) include Autechre, Marcel Dettmann, Pharmakon, Jlin, Shifted, Container, Function, Roman Flügel, Richard Devine, Strategy, Cassegrain, Laurel Halo, and Tim Hecker. Local representation is strong this year, too, with Raica, Josef Gaard, Archivist, Lusine, Vox Mod, P L L, Kid Smpl, Sone, and others. Speaking of Seattle connections, Decibel has linked up for the first time with two of the city's most adventurous experimental-techno crews—MOTOR and secondnature—for showcases. That's a smart, bold move, and a testament to the their excellent curatorial skills.