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Unsound discussion programme and film screenings announced

We'll be presenting a series of talks at this year's Unsound festival in Krakow, Poland, chaired and hosted by Wire contributors Dave Tompkins and Andy Battaglia.

Tompkins (author of vocoder history How To Wreck A Nice Beach) will be giving a talk on Miami Bass music, and presenting a rare recording of the 1977 Radiophonic Workshop radio adaptation of Ray Bradbury's There Will Come Soft Rains. Biosphere, Lustmord and MFO's Marcel Weber will discuss their Unsound commissioned project Trinity, and Strange Attractor's Mark Pilkington will talk on Magic And Pop Music In Britain From 1888 To 1978.

Author Evan Calder Williams will track back through 150 years of apocalyptic fantasies, and Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin will discuss their recent collaboration. Andy Battaglia hosts a Q&A with Andy Votel, and will moderate panels on the current state of the music industry and this year's Unsound theme, The End.

Other talks include a session with Theo Parrish in conversation with Eltron John and Resident Advisor's Todd Burns in conversation with Demdike Stare and Jamal Moss (aka Hieroglyphic Being). Blackest Ever Black label head Kiran Sande talks to Stuart Argabright (of Black Rain) about endings, and Polish magazine Glissando hosts panels on post-humanism and sound, and the notion of the artist.

Unsound's film season includes Rob Van Eyck's 1985 dialogue-less post-nuclear howl The Aftermath, Sandy Whitelaw's Lifespan, a 1975 meditation on ageing with a score by Terry Riley, plus exploitation trash fest Point Of No Return Vol.2: She, fall out survivor flick The People Who Own The Dark, plus an opening night marathon of the Orson Welles documentary The Late Great Planet Earth, This Is Not A Test, 50s nuclear educational videos and more. Full film screening details here, and discussion programme here.