Göteborg Art Sounds, or the GAS-Festival, was founded in 1999. Today it is Sweden’s largest festival for sound art, modern composition, improvisation and electronica. Live performances are intertwined with sound installations, pre-recorded sounds and pieces are mixed with live improvisations and sheet music. During the previous six festivals we have hosted artists such as Laurie Anderson, Kim Gordon, Tan Dun, Pharoah Sanders, the Arditti Quartet, London Sinfonietta, Keith Rowe, Phill Niblock, William Basinski and Machinefabriek, to name a few.
In addition to the musical elements, public talks, workshops and seminars have always been an integral part of the festival.
Since fall 2009 the artistic director for the festival is Swedish composer and sound artist Staffan Mossenmark.
The festival has always had an international profile and the main focus has been to present exciting contemporary artists of high artistic quality. During the coming years we will continue our collaborations with other festivals, culture- and educational organizations and promotional networks, both national and International.