Ben Nevile makes detailed minimal techno drawn from sounds both natural and machine-made: altered bird calls and ocean waves weave around fluid house beats and synth notes of stand-alone styling. His suave, timeless, dub-charged sonic postcards—imagine a well-stocked selection of moody four-to-the-floor beats and groovy melodic euphorias—have triggered back-to-back epidemics of musical wanderlust for nearly two decades.
Using his own control and composing software, often in tandem with hand-made controllers, the West Coast-raised, Montréal-based producer, composer, programmer and sound engineer Ben Nevile has crafted tracks since 2000 for labels Nordic Trax, Context, and Mosaic (the label of dub techno don Steve O’Sullivan). Early on, Telegraph released his 2001 single Pender Island, featured Nevile on compilation Petid, and followed up with 2003 EP, The Norris Division Sucked and his 2005 debut LP, the pitch-perfect and refined, yet consistently bouyant Joseki. In recent years, Nevile has continued to remix tracks and produce his own for Telegraph and international labels. His catalog continues to elicit collector’s prices on discogs, with reissues planned. Side-lined by work in the tech and start up industry here in Montréal, he has recently returned to production again.
Neville’s MUTEK roots run deep, having first performed at the event’s third edition in 2002. He returns to the festival’s esplanade stage with live renditions of classic cuts from his prolific 1998-2003 period, as well as brand spankin’ new treats fresh out the studio oven.