A trained pianist who grew up playing Rachmaninov and Mozart, Valentin Stip was recently turned on to the compositional possibilities of computers, and in doing so, to electronic music. Having moved to Montreal two years ago, he signed his first EP, Anytime Will Do, in spring 2011 on Nicolas Jaar’s imprint Clown & Sunset. His musical output doesn’t rush to the finish line, embracing space while crafting woolly atmospheres. After a summer tour that will take him to New York, London, and Berlin, he’ll premiere his latest collaborative project later this year.
A classically trained pianist, before turning his attention to electronic tools, Paris-born Valentin Stip, began his investigations into introspective micro-symphonies, at around the time he moved to Montreal to attend McGill University. His soulful, minimalist, genre-defying reveries embrace the enigmatic space between twitchy beats – which brings to mind his leftfield friend and label head, Nicolas Jaar’s groundbreaking,Space Is Only Noise. Stip experiments with his open-ended sonic template, first deconstructing and then reshaping rhythmic tempos, drum and piano loops and clipped vocal samples. Stip released his cinematic debut EP Anytime Will Do, on Jaar’s Clown & Sunset imprint, in 2011, and has since toured extensively with the label. After playing at MUTEK’s Piknic event last year, he returns to the festival with an instrumental and ambient live performance.
Jean-Drapeau Park 03/06/2012