Audion (US)

This Michigan-raised maestro of electronic reinvention and gifted singer-songwriter is a man of many aliases (Matthew Dear, Jabberjaw, False) and affections. Effortlessly shifting from minimal-but-funky tech producer to experimental pop bandleader, the enigmatic Dear also co-founded Ghostly International in the late 90s and helped establish its techno-centric offshoot, Spectral Sound. Since his much-lauded full-length debut, Leave Luck to Heaven (2003), Dear has comfortably straddled a plethora of rhythmic realms and explored pop’s outer limits, while showcasing qualities one wouldn’t readily associate with the Detroit techno trade: a knack for lyrical depth, undeniable frontman swagger and singular pipes. His command of the stage also bleeds into the recording studio, where he’s been commissioned for remixes from the likes of The XX and Hot Chip. Since its creation in 2005, his Audion moniker has served as Dear’s stomping techno alter ego – his most carnal, explicit and loudest creation. Audion recently collaborated with Tiga on the deliriously sultry banger Fever, and co-produced the local Montréal techno hero’s upcoming album. MUTEK having been an early adopter of the Dear sound in its many incarnations, the festival is happy to welcome him back as Audion for Subverticul, a kaleidoscopic new live show that’s part dazzling LED lights and psychedelic visuals and part terrifyingly freaky techno, all custom designed by Vita Motus (the team behind Amon Tobin’s groundbreaking ISAM show).

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Métropolis 31/05/2014

This Michigan-raised maestro of electronic reinvention and gifted singer-songwriter is a man of many aliases (Matthew Dear, Jabberjaw, False) and affections. Effortlessly shifting from minimal-but-funky tech producer to experimental pop bandleader, the enigmatic Dear also co-founded Ghostly International in the late 90s and helped establish its techno-centric offshoot, Spectral Sound. Since his much-lauded full-length debut, Leave Luck to Heaven (2003), Dear has comfortably straddled a plethora of rhythmic realms and explored pop’s outer limits, while showcasing qualities one wouldn’t readily associate with the Detroit techno trade: a knack for lyrical depth, undeniable frontman swagger and singular pipes. His command of the stage also bleeds into the recording studio, where he’s been commissioned for remixes from the likes of The XX and Hot Chip. Since its creation in 2005, his Audion moniker has served as Dear’s stomping techno alter ego – his most carnal, explicit and loudest creation. Audion recently collaborated with Tiga on the deliriously sultry banger Fever, and co-produced the local Montréal techno hero’s upcoming album. MUTEK having been an early adopter of the Dear sound in its many incarnations, the festival is happy to welcome him back as Audion for Subverticul, a kaleidoscopic new live show that’s part dazzling LED lights and psychedelic visuals and part terrifyingly freaky techno, all custom designed by Vita Motus (the team behind Amon Tobin’s groundbreaking ISAM show).

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Jean-Drapeau Park 02/06/2007

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.
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