Matt Thibideau (CA)

MATT THIBIDEAU - BIO For the last 20 years, Matt Thibideau has been involved in making electronic music. He started off with his Moog Prodigy, a 4 track, and a drum machine. Matt dove into making electronic, industrial pop songs in 1989-1990. His basement soon became the place where he and his twin brother Mark would start their first project called the Waxbean Orchard. This was all in a small town called “Wallaceburg” Ontario (located close the American border not far from Detroit). Over time Matt?s interest in electronic music grew and he relocated to Toronto where his chances of releasing records & performing grew. He dove into making ambient and techno music after experiencing some of the local underground parties. This lead to several releases on Blue Recordings in the mid to late 90?s. Matt?s monikor at the time was “Altitude”. This started a chain reaction of working with other local labels such as Chair and Cynosure Recordings. Matt was also performing with the likes of Jeremy Caulfield, Mike Shannon, Adam Marshal, Jeff Milligan, Mike Huckaby, Ritchie Hawtin, Akufen and Peter Grove. He and Mark started working on a new project called “Repair” in 2001. It was dedicated to all of the old broken synthesizers that they had in their studio. This was quickly signed to both Sub-Static records (Germany) as “V-Wreck” and Dumb-Unit records (Canada at that time) as “Blackline Display”. Matt followed up this project with solo releases on Cynosure and Sub-Static records around 2003. He has performed live at several venues and festivals and does not use a laptop to do so. Venues such as Mutek (Montreal), C.O. pop festival (Cologne), Observatori (Valencia), Bunker (NYC), Break & Enter (Toronto), Tempo (Toronto), Watergate & Suicide Circus, (Berlin) and Oslo (Detroit) have welcomed his live performances. Matt has started a small label called “Obsolete Components” based on using his old synthsesizers and recording equipment. And recently was featured in the documentary “I Dream Of Wires” Obsolete Components has released a new Repair EP and video along with several of Matt?s Archived unreleased recordings, A Modular Project with Brother Mark Thibideau, and the Upcoming Ambient “Reclusion” record that will be released with Echospace Detroit this year. These synthesizers are his inspiration for new sounds and ideas. His love for these vintage instruments gets incorporated into all of his projects.

Nocturne 3
MUTEK 2012, montreal

Metropolis 02/06/2012

Matt Thibideau is a Canadian producer who’s been actively releasing material since the late 90s. Originally from Wallaceburg, a small Ontario town near the American border, and now based in Toronto, his first records as Altitude were released on Blue Recordings. Quickly, he began contributing to other local labels such as Chair Recordings and Cynosure, and sharing the stage with artists such as Richie Hawtin, Jeremy P. Caulfield, Mike Shannon, and Adam Marshall. In 2001, he and twin brother Mark gave life to Repair, a new project inspired by all the broken, vintage synthesizers that were collecting dust in their studio, and whose output was released on Dumb-Unit and Sub-Static. Thibideau’s first solo record, Two Places, came out on Deep Data in January 2011. After a most memorable 2009 MUTEK showcase in the Metropolis’ more intimate Savoy room, Matt Thibideau graduates to the main stage this year.

NOCTURNE 3: Bounce le Monde

Metropolis 30/05/2009

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.

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