From the now-classic 2003 album Leave Luck to Heaven to 2005's striking Suckfish (as Audion), Michigan's Matthew Dear has spent the better part of the last five years redefining what techno means to North America. Now this bona fide international superstar returns to the MUTEK stage for two very special performances. Though on Friday night he'll be belting it out with a three-piece band on the Metropolis stage, by Saturday afternoon Dear will hit the decks as his stomping techno alter ego, Audion. Ever since Audion debuted in 2005, DJs have been anticipating each new single to come out bearing the moniker. Singles as brash as Just Fucking, Mouth to Mouth, and the recent Ellen Allien collaboration, Just a Man/Just a Woman, have established Audion as Matthew Dear's most carnal and explicit creation. Plainly put, Audion is infectious, minimal and loud, capable of matching anything coming out of the booming European techno trade. In 2006, Dear committed his Audion DJ skills to disc as part of the legendary Fabric DJ mix series. For MUTEK, he'll bring his mixing skills outdoors.