Each with diverse backgrounds in electronic music, Karl Fousek, Devon Hansen, and Roger Tellier-Craig comprise a newly-formed Montreal-based trio of improvised modular synthesis and laptop performance. Their sound is a distinct collision of their individual approaches: the complex timbres of Fousek's FM synthesis, the gritty sound of Tellier-Craig's hybrid laptop/modular rig, and Hansen's detailed approach to drone and processed percussion.
Fousek, Hansen, and Tellier-Craig have already made significant impressions on the experimental music circuit in their individual work, from releases on labels including the UK's Where to Now? and Denmark's Phinery Tapes to Tellier-Craig's tenure with Canadian band Fly Pan Am and international touring A/V performances with Le Révélateur. Most recently, Fousek and Hansen's contributions to Phinery Tapes' Four-Way Split #1 were featured in Tristan Bath's Top 20 Tapes of 2015 for The Quietus. The two were each invited to perform material for the 5th edition of the Akousma-affiliated Soundwich series at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal.
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WHO: Montréal-based trio of musicians and producers Karl Fousek, Devon Hansen and Roger Tellier-Craig
STYLE: A fusion of complex timbres, precise drone and nuanced percussion, modular synths meet live laptop performance
LATEST WORK: Fousek: KLANG (2015) and Pattern Variation (2015), Fousek and Hansen: Four Way Split #1 (2015), Hansen as Stefan Jós: Primitives (2015), Tellier-Craig: Visites Possibles and Sightings: Music for the videos of Sabrina Ratté (2015)
LABELS: Where to Now?, Phinery Tapes
MORE: Tellier-Craig builds intriguing A/V performances with visual artist Sabrina Ratté as Le Révélateur. Hansen is one of the organizers behind Montréal music collective ACTE, with Simon Chioini, Gabriel Ledoux, Philippe Vandal and Kara-Lis Coverdale. Fousek and Hansen performed in Montréal’s Akousma festival-affiliated Soundwich series.
MUTEKs: Hansen as Stefan Jós at Montréal 2015, Tellier-Craig as La Révélateur at Montréal: 2012, 2013; MUTEK.MX 2012; MUTEK 15 X 15 2014; Digital Québec in London 2015
Three distinct approaches to electronic music collide in collaborative project Fousek/Hansen/Tellier-Craig, fusing Karl Fousek’s FM synthesis, Devon Hansen’s detailed approach to drone and processed percussion and the unmistakable sounds of Roger Tellier-Craig’s hybrid laptop/modular rig. Together, they draw on ingenious musical dexterity and experience to craft improvised soundscapes and rhythmic intrigue.
Electronic musician and sound artist Karl Fousek focuses his work on analogue voltage controlled modular synthesizers, in collaboration with like-minded minimalist electronic artists, or harnessing his individually inventive forces in solo releases. California-born producer and video artist Devon Hansen is also known as d. hansen for his experimental and acousmatic compositions and Stefan Jós, a minimal techno beatmaker. Tellier-Craig prolifically composes solo electronic material and has played with prominent post-rock Canadian bands Fly Pan Am, Et Sans, Pas Chic Chic and Godspeed You! Black Emperor.
Though newly formed, the trio of well known entities has already played several shows in Montréal’s experimental electronic underground community, including the Island Frequencies series. Fousek/Hansen/Tellier-Craig presents a new improvised live set developed exclusively for their MUTEK debut.