MUTEK and the Artist Experience
Toronto techno producer Arthur Oskan recounts how his festival performances have affected his career
Arthur Oskan - April 24, 2012
Many of the events that occur surrounding the festival demonstrate the underlying imagination of Montreal. An invitation in 2006 within the festival timeframe to perform at Le Placard started what was a turning point in my creative direction. The idea of performing for a crowd of people listening only through headphones at SAT was an exhilarating concept and allowed an outlet for some of the ideas stimulated by MUTEK. In the weeks following, the live experimental performance became the foundation for many tracks I would release as “Myers Briggs” – the pseudonym I chose to play under at the event. In fact, I would say that MUTEK and the Myers Briggs guise are inextricably linked.
The following year was particularly special. We stayed the full week in Montreal in a loft space to share our honeymoon at MUTEK which just made the experience that much more whole. Musically I was becoming more driven with a sense strong sense of self-expression through what I was exposed to. The AV installations were and still are creative step off points for me. Refreshed, my INFP EP as Myers Briggs was conceived to and from Montreal on VIA and finished a few short months after MUTEK 2007 with the sounds and sights still echoing in my mind. To this day, elements of my Myers Briggs project exist through my current releases.
Other festival highlights over the years have included Robert Henke's several installations, Ernesto Ferreyra, Spooloops, last year's Tristan Perich 1-Bit Symphony show, as well as performances by Sutekh.
My performance at MUTEK_11 is a clear highlight over the years I’ve attended the festival and one I won't forget. I had the opportunity to perform new material from my just released debut album “A Little More Than Everything.” Making that connection with a tightly packed Savoy Room brought my experience with MUTEK full circle.
Arthur Oskan returns to MUTEK this year, where he performs at the Roland Pré_Nocturne showcase on Wednesday, May 30th.