Stephen Beaupré (CA)

A mainstay of MUTEK and the eclectic Montréal electronic scene for over a decade now, Stephen Beaupré twists techno and house to his liking, balancing intense rhythms with cut-up melodies, organic textures and roguish humour. From his early years as a dancefloor-focused DJ to a world-touring collaboration with Deadbeat as duo Crackhaus, to his first solo EP Dirty Lipreading in 2006 on Montréal label Musique Risquée (founded by Akufen and Vincent Lemieux), followed by the full length, Foe Destroyer (on both Musique Risquée and MUTEK_REC) and subsequent releases on Circus Company and Mathew Jonson’s Wagon Repair imprint, Beaupré’s artistry comes through in unexpected micro-samples of all kinds, layering vocals, found sounds and driving beats in increasingly innovative ways. In 2010, Beaupré teamed up with visual artists Nancy Belzile, Patrick Bernatchez and David Fafard alongside four-piece band The Banjo Consorsium for the audiovisual, experimental project Gemmiform. Beaupré comes to EM15 after numerous MUTEK appearances, adding his style to a bass-filled, atmospheric night.

Nocturne 4: Beyond the Autobahn
MUTEK 2011, montreal

Métropolis 05/06/2011

After more than 10 years on the Montreal scene, Stephen Beaupre has become a respected figure in the world of Canadian electronic music. Attracting early attention as part of Crackhaus, his duo with Deadbeat, Beaupré gained further recognition as a solo artist with his EP Dirty Lipreading on the upstart Montreal label Musique Risquée. 2006 brought the release of his first solo album, the masterful Foe Destroyer. Since then, Beaupré has released music on acclaimed labels such as Circus Company and Wagon Repair. His particular approach to music centers on lurching rhythms that build through micro-samples, exploring the emotional realms attempting consistently to flush out a deeper and richer relevancy within. In 2010, Beaupré turned to his more experimental side with Gemmiform, an ambitious audio-visual undertaking featuring the work of visual artists Nancy Belzile (experimental animation film), Patrick Bernatchez (drawing), David Fafard (digital imaging, video, VJ live performances) and the music of the Banjo Consorsium (guitar, banjo, lap steel). This inspired pairing with the Banjo Consorsium has grown into a handful of fledgling collaborations, one of which will debut at this year’s Mutek edition.

NOCTURNE 5: Soirée Canadienne

Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] 01/06/2009

After more than 10 years on the Montreal scene, Stephen Beaupré has become a respected figure in the world of Canadian electronic music. Attracting early attention as part of Crackhaus, his duo with Deadbeat, Steve managed to gain further recognition as a solo artist with his EP Dirty Lipreading on the upstart Montreal label Musique Risquée, launched by Akufen and Vincent Lemieux.

2006 brought the release of his first solo album, the masterful Foe Destroyer, released on both Musique Risquée and MUTEK_REC. His particular approach to music centres around lurching rhythms that build through micro-samples, a technique he shares with fellow Montrealers Guillaume Coutu-Dumont and Akufen

These days, Beaupré is getting ready for his debut on Mathew Jonson’s Wagon Repair imprint, which should reintroduce him to a whole new audience.

NOCTURNE 3

Darling Foundry 03/06/2006

More than 10 years of active participation on the Montreal scene has converted Steve Beaupré into an uncontestable artist in the world of Canadian music. Attracting attention with his Crackhaus project, for which he collaborates with his friend and fellow artist Deadbeat, Steve has managed to gain recognition as a solo artist with his EP Dirty Lipreading on the upstart Montreal label Musique Risquée, launched by Akufen and Vincent Lemieux.His particular approach to music manifests itself in decomposed and syncopated rhythms, which he develops with an incredible spontaneity. Animated ambiances based upon abstract and organic textures abound in his productions, where an equal measure of house and techno interplay with elements of funk, guided by a strong artistic sensitivity. Diverse vocals and instrumentation, reworked with humor, intermingle with intense beats, delivering both a relaxed and agitated tone to his pieces. His show for MUTEK 2006 also serves as an occasion to highlight the release of his first album, the masterful Foe Destroyer, on the MUTEK_REC label. In the spirit of innovative musicianship, Steve Beaupré will once again take charge of delighting festivalgoers.

MUTEK @ Piknic

Jean-Drapeau Park 05/06/2005

More than 10 years of active participation on the Montreal scene has converted Steve Beaupré into an uncontestable artist in the world of Canadian music. Attracting attention with his Crackhaus project, for which he collaborates with his friend and fellow artist Deadbeat, Steve has managed to gain recognition as a solo artist with his EP Dirty Lipreading on the upstart Montreal label Musique Risquée, launched by Akufen and Vincent Lemieux.His particular approach to music manifests itself in decomposed and syncopated rhythms, which he develops with an incredible spontaneity. Animated ambiances based upon abstract and organic textures abound in his productions, where an equal measure of house and techno interplay with elements of funk, guided by a strong artistic sensitivity. Diverse vocals and instrumentation, reworked with humor, intermingle with intense beats, delivering both a relaxed and agitated tone to his pieces. His show for MUTEK 2006 also serves as an occasion to highlight the release of his first album, the masterful Foe Destroyer, on the MUTEK_REC label. In the spirit of innovative musicianship, Steve Beaupré will once again take charge of delighting festivalgoers.
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