Matt Thibideau (CA)
Toronto minimal-techno producer Matt Thibideau first began making music in 1989 alongside his twin brother Mark, as the industrial-pop hued Waxbean Orchard. But by 1993 he had discovered the burgeoning underground techno community coming up from Detroit and had begun to use his synthesizers in new, more dance-oriented ways under the moniker Altitude. The sound grew into a bridge between Berlin and Detroit, and by 2000 he was releasing singles on Blue Recordings. By 2002, he was working under his own name and had released his first two singles on Mike Shannon’s Cynosure imprint.
When not working on solo projects, Thibideau works with his brother as Repair, an evolution of Waxbean Orchard that employs the same vocalist (Dawn Lewis), though arced in a decidedly more techno direction. Repair has had releases on Jeremy Caulfield’s Dumb-Unit, as well as the Berlin label Sub-Static.