As part of a larger event called Unknown Pleasures, celebrating the life of Ian Curtis on the 30th anniversary of his death, Un-Convention was commissioned by an advisory team including Peter Saville, to devise a very special version of the Un-Convention event.
8 bands, 100 invited creatives and music industry professionals (including Peter Hook, Don Letts, Andrew Dubber, Har Mar Superstar) and 300 participants embarked on an experiment – to create, record and release a new record, while exploring the current challenges, ideas and debates within the music industry.
This was not a conventional conference. It was an event where the experienced connect with young talent and create a record, whilst debating and networking along the way.
The Heritage Centre in Macclesfield was transformed into a factory containing all the elements and processes involved in creating a record. The space was split into different areas – a graphic design studio, a performance and production area, a digital space, a mix studio and an idea/debate area. Participants were free to explore the factory, interact with the invited creatives and ultimately make all the decisions along the way.
At the end of the day, the record was available for people to download. Eight established, new and unconventional bands/collaborators will cover a track from Iggy Pop’s ‘The Idiot’, a record that meant a great deal to Ian Curtis. Each band performed the songs, in front of an audience, while the songs are recorded for the album.