Matt Thibideau & Markus Heckmann (CA)

For more than twenty years, Toronto-based minimal techno producer Matt Thibideau has been a fixture on Canada’s electronic scene. This key member of the Cynosure Records stable first began making music in 1989 alongside his brother Mark, as the industrial-pop hued Waxbean Orchard. Since 2001, the fraternal twins have adopted the Repair moniker, a more techno-oriented project marrying infectious rhythms with experimentation, inspired by all the broken, vintage synthesizers that were collecting dust in their studio. Besides releasing Repair’s output on Dumb-Unit and Sub-Static, Thibideau’s vintage instrument fixation and ties to the underground techno community have led to a string of dubby, hypnotic, high-powered solo releases both under the Altitude moniker and his own name. His first solo album, Two Places (2011), found him toying with an early digital synthesizer called the Synclavier. Thibideau's partner for this project, German-born, Toronto-based visual artist Markus Heckman, oversees operations at Derivative – the makers of TouchDesigner, a tangible interface for mixing video. His Wüstenarchitekten live video project has provided a creative outlet for his layered, geometric abstractions and installation work. Heckman’s non-narrative visual experiments explore the spatial quality of music and provide visual stimuli for the techno crowd alongside artists such as Carsten Nicolai and some key names on the Raster-Noton roster (Vladislav Delay, Kangding Ray, Senking). MUTEK regular Thibideau brings his ongoing audiovisual collaboration with Heckmann to Imperial for EM15. In the lead-up to Thibideau’s forthcoming Reclusion release on Echospace, expect the immediacy of synapse-stimulating synths and complementary, ever-shifting experimental shapes.

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Impérial 30/05/2014

For more than twenty years, Toronto-based minimal techno producer Matt Thibideau has been a fixture on Canada’s electronic scene. This key member of the Cynosure Records stable first began making music in 1989 alongside his brother Mark, as the industrial-pop hued Waxbean Orchard. Since 2001, the fraternal twins have adopted the Repair moniker, a more techno-oriented project marrying infectious rhythms with experimentation, inspired by all the broken, vintage synthesizers that were collecting dust in their studio. Besides releasing Repair’s output on Dumb-Unit and Sub-Static, Thibideau’s vintage instrument fixation and ties to the underground techno community have led to a string of dubby, hypnotic, high-powered solo releases both under the Altitude moniker and his own name. His first solo album, Two Places (2011), found him toying with an early digital synthesizer called the Synclavier. Thibideau's partner for this project, German-born, Toronto-based visual artist Markus Heckman, oversees operations at Derivative – the makers of TouchDesigner, a tangible interface for mixing video. His Wüstenarchitekten live video project has provided a creative outlet for his layered, geometric abstractions and installation work. Heckman’s non-narrative visual experiments explore the spatial quality of music and provide visual stimuli for the techno crowd alongside artists such as Carsten Nicolai and some key names on the Raster-Noton roster (Vladislav Delay, Kangding Ray, Senking). MUTEK regular Thibideau brings his ongoing audiovisual collaboration with Heckmann to Imperial for EM15. In the lead-up to Thibideau’s forthcoming Reclusion release on Echospace, expect the immediacy of synapse-stimulating synths and complementary, ever-shifting experimental shapes.

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