Akufen (CA)

During the first half of this decade, Akufen was one of the biggest names in contemporary house music.  A native Montrealer who had spent the 80s and 90s engaged in the fervent experimental music community of this city, Marc Leclair began to gain notoriety during the first edition of MUTEK in 2000 when one of this singles found its way into the hands of Germany’s Thomas Brinkmann.  Brinkmann noticed correctly that Leclair’s style had evolved into something utterly distinct, a cut-up, micro-sampled approach to house music that recalled the work of Matthew Herbert as it did the abstraction of Leclair’s homegrown influence, the painter Jean-Paul Riopelle

After a successful run of singles on labels such as Background , Trapez , and Perlon , in 2002 Leclair released My Way , the Akufen debut album, which became one of the most critically acclaimed records of that year.  After two years of non-stop touring and promotion, Leclair stepped out of the limelight, issuing only the experimental album Musique Pour 3 Femmes Enceintes (MUTEK_REC ) in 2005.  Since then, he has released only a few remixes.

NOCTURNE 5: Soirée Canadienne

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

[WORLD PREMIERE]

During the first half of this decade, Akufen was one of the biggest names in contemporary house music.  A native Montrealer who had spent the 80s and 90s engaged in the fervent experimental music community of this city, Marc Leclair began to gain notoriety during the first edition of MUTEK in 2000 when one of this singles found its way into the hands of Germany’s Thomas Brinkmann.  Brinkmann noticed correctly that Leclair’s style had evolved into something utterly distinct, a cut-up, micro-sampled approach to house music that recalled the work of Matthew Herbert as it did the abstraction of Leclair’s homegrown influence, the painter Jean-Paul Riopelle

After a successful run of singles on labels such as Background , Trapez , and Perlon , in 2002 Leclair released My Way , the Akufen debut album, which became one of the most critically acclaimed records of that year.  After two years of non-stop touring and promotion, Leclair stepped out of the limelight, issuing only the experimental album Musique Pour 3 Femmes Enceintes (MUTEK_REC ) in 2005.  Since then, he has released only a few remixes. 

For this edition of MUTEK, Akufen returns to the stage for the first time in five years to present his first new material in just as long

PANEL 1

Hotel Opus 01/06/2005

Among the Montreal musicians in the MUTEK spotlight, Akufen is the first to have built a widespread reputation on the international scene. Inimitable style and mixed composition techniques (computer composition, radio impulse/influx/inspiration, dissected rhythms and tender melodies) caught the attention of reknowned labels such as Perlon, Force Inc, Trapez, Background and Oral, producing a number of releases and catapulting him into the top ranks of the electronic music scene. His latest recordings have been remixed by masters such as Thomas Brinkmann, Process, Oliver Hacke and Herbert.

METROPOLIS 1

Metropolis 31/05/2002

TRAUM

Society for Arts and Technology [SAT] 02/06/2001

Among the Montreal musicians in the MUTEK spotlight, Akufen is the first to have built a widespread reputation on the international scene. Inimitable style and mixed composition techniques (computer composition, radio impulse/influx/inspiration, dissected rhythms and tender melodies) caught the attention of reknowned labels such as Perlon, Force Inc, Trapez, Background and Oral, producing a number of releases and catapulting him into the top ranks of the electronic music scene. His latest recordings have been remixed by masters such as Thomas Brinkmann, Process, Oliver Hacke and Herbert.

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