international festival
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and electronic music
Édition 19

Deadbeat CA/QC

Expérience 2
August 23, 2018, 17:00 - 23:00
Live: 17:50 - 18:50
Berlin-based Canadian musician, sound designer, producer and DJ Scott Monteith
Crackly worlds of dub; kaleidoscopic house and techno mutations; snap-clap digital dancehall
Scape, Wagon Repair, BLKRTZ, Cynosure, Air Texture, My Favorite Robot, Echocord
Wax Poetic For This Our Great Resolve (2018), Wail Ball & Cry (2018)
From 1999 to 2003, this certified music technology junkie took on various roles for Montréal-based company Applied Acoustics Systems, makers of a range of critically acclaimed software synthesizers. The experience left him with a passion for the development of new creative interfaces
Montréal: 2018, 2015, 2013, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000; Barcelona: 2017, 2016, 2014, 2012; Santiago de Chile: 2011; Mexico City: 2010, 2019; Buenos Aires: 2006; Beijing: 2005; Berlin: 2002
Resident Advisor

A master of crackly worlds of dub, undulating reggae scorchers and forward-thinking percussive experimentations, Deadbeat manipulates sonic space with impressive technical command and melodic dexterity. Whether crafting kaleidoscopic house and chugging deep techno or tar-thick, impossibly weighty minimalism, his output is at once soft and hard.

Best known by his Deadbeat moniker, Monteith keeps a frenetic pace. Hailing from Kitchener, Ontario, he spent a few years sharpening his focus in Montréal before taking up residence in Berlin. Since the early aughts, he has produced countless EPs as well as ten studio albums of dub-laden, minimal electronics for standout labels such as Echocord and Wagon Repair. His also founded his own BLKRTZ imprint, in a move inspired by his past experiences with community-minded labels like ~scape. Extremely tight quality control, astonishing sound design and adventurous digital production techniques have made him a household name in the areas of techno and dub-inflected electronic music. On his latest full length, 2018’s Wax Poetic For This Our Great Resolve, Deadbeat gets political, crafting expansive, dubwise rhythms around anti-Trump “monologues of hope” from 17 different contributors.

A MUTEK regular from the earliest days, this mesmerizing dub experimentalist returns to the festival—and his former hometown—to inject scorching grooves and simmering rhythms into the free outdoor program.


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