As CMD, Corina MacDonald explores the deeper reaches of techno, her music building into an atmospheric reverie set in dub. Through a consistently evolving system of software paired with synths, samplers and oscillators, she crafts live shows and DJ sets that merge experimental ideas and field recordings with an enviable sample collection and battering beats—where shimmering synth tones meet industrial grind and steady machine rhythms.
Notoriously plugged in to Montréal’s electronic music community, MacDonald produces CKUT 90.3FM’s long-running Modular Systems show as DJ Cyan, putting her impeccable tastemaking instincts to good use every Sunday afternoon. She’s also a founding member of music collectives Phoniq, Women On Wax MTL and Dark Disco. This software tinkerer has honed her process-driven craft through a series of polished EPs on labels such as Jacktone, Fur Trade, and Low Noise Productions. On Wild Light, her latest for San Francisco’s Perfect Location, MacDonald continues to tread a transgressive line between pounding techno and simmering house, taking her wide-ranging aesthetic influences and rhythmic obsessions into compelling new territory. Recent live performances have included events such as MUTEK, Igloofest and Kingston’s Electric Circuits festival.
Currently exploring new aesthetic limitations with a more hardware-based and interactive live presentation, MacDonald returns to the MUTEK stage with resounding percussive power and a continued yearning to embrace the unexpected.