Peder Mannerfelt’s Controlling Body is one of FACT’s favorite albums this year. It’s short, perfectly constructed and varied without being awkwardly eclectic. His live show at Mutek this year was the album’s ideal accompaniment: challenging and unusual, but vivid and engaging, thanks in part to Argentinian artist Miguel Angel Regalado (aka VJ Gauchito)’s bright, uncompromising visuals.
We caught up with Mannerfelt at Mutek Montreal to talk about his live setup and the philosophy behind the show. He revealed an almost masochistic desire to make things difficult for himself, saying that while he thinks that the set works better in an “arty” festival setting, he liked it when he had to “work to make it good”.