The return of Tomas Jirku to MUTEK is no doubt a merited one for this Toronto resident who made the most of last year by developing his computerized compositions and establishing himself on the international scene. One of the first Canadians to record on German label Force Inc, Tomas Jirku will present his most recent works during this soirée, which are colourfully marked with sonorities like dub and computer errors that are associated with minimal sound.
Discovered in 1999, Toronto-based techno producer Tomas Jirku hit the ground running when his first two albums, 2000’s Sequins and Variants, were released back-to-back by Force Inc. and Alien8 respectively. Since then, he’s issued albums on a series of Montreal labels, including Alien8 subsidiary Substractif (2001’s Immaterial), Intr_Version Records (2002’s Entropy), and No Type (2003’s Bleak 1999). Often working with fellow Torontonian Robin Judge, the duo has release two albums together on the German label Onitor, 2003’s Plusism and 2005’s Private Eyes. Though the second half of the 2000’s were decidedly quieter for Jirku, he returned last year with a new album, Illectrodubs. One of the inaugural MUTEK performers back in 2000, this year Jirku comes back to the festival that helped launch his career.
Cafe Campus 10/06/2000