Poland’s only international music festival dedicated to sound producers and designers is underway in Łódź, central Poland, the Gazeta Wyborcza daily reported on Friday.
The SOUNDEDIT International Festival of Music Producers and Sound Designers is described by its organizers an “attempt to honor those who stand behind the tedious process of creating a song or a whole album.”
It also offers a range of musical performances, panel discussions with guests and workshops in music production as well as in hand-crafting instruments.
Each year the festival gives out prizes called “The Man with a Golden Ear.” Among this year’s winners is acclaimed music producer, musician and sound engineer Steve Albini.
Albini is known for forming bands such as Shellac and Big Black and recording milestone rock albums such as “Surfer Rosa” by the Pixies, grunge icons Nirvana’s “In Utero” and, among many others, PJ Harvey’s “Rid of Me.”
He has gained world recognition for his studio work. He is also known for voicing radical opinions on the modern music industry, which he believes does not support artists but music labels, Gazeta Wyborcza reported.
Other winners of this year’s award are Craig Leon, Mick Harvey, and Poland’s Jan Borysewicz and Stanisław Soyka.
On Friday, British electronic band Nitzer Ebb and German synth-punk pioneers DAF (Deutsche-Amerikanische Freundschaft) were due to perform at the festival.
On Saturday Mick Harvey, a guitarist and one of the founding members of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, was set to play songs by famous French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg.
Producer and composer Craig Leon was also set to perform on Saturday. Leon is often credited with launching the careers of bands such as The Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie.
The festival runs from October 24 to 27.
Published by “Polskie Radio ”