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Through his innovative approach to production, Beaupré conjures up unexpected pairings of lurching, syncopated beats, lush melodies and wistful vocals, that offer equal parts animated narratives and agitated funk—full of rich micro-samples and superimposed layers of synths.
Cutting his teeth as a teenage promoter for electronic music events in Ottawa, this respected figure in the world of Canadian electronic music was immediately drawn to house and techno textures of the deeper, funkier and more unpredictable variety. Montréal has been home to Beaupré's distinct and exhilarating musical productions for over two decades. Attracting early attention as part of the mashup duo Crackhaus, alongside his friend Deadbeat (Scott Monteith), Beaupré gained further recognition as a solo artist with his masterful 2006 debut, Foe Destroyer. He has since released music on acclaimed labels such as Circus Company, Wagon Repair and Perlon. In 2010, Beaupré channeled his more experimental impulses into Gemmiform, an ambitious audiovisual undertaking featuring the work of visual artists Nancy Belzile, Patrick Bernatchez and David Fafard, and the music of the Banjo Consorsium. After a dip in output over the last few years, Beaupré has stormed back with miles of new tracks and an invigorated sense of live performance.
Back on home turf at MUTEK, Stephen Beaupré soundtracks the summer stage with an emotionally driven live set tailor made for the occasion.
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Canadian producer, composer, programmer and sound engineer, 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. Using his own control and composing software, often in tandem with hand-made controllers, Nevile has crafted tracks since 2000 for labels Nordic Trax, Context, and Mozaïc. 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. Nevile first performed at MUTEK in 2002, made a surprise fill-in appearance in 2003, returning in 2007 and now to EM15 with new and classic material that maintains its intelligent edge along the smoothest of grooves.
After more than 10 years on the Montreal scene, Stephen Beaupre has become a respected figure in the world of Canadian electronic music. Attracting early attention as part of Crackhaus, his duo with Deadbeat, Beaupré gained further recognition as a solo artist with his EP Dirty Lipreading on the upstart Montreal label Musique Risquée. 2006 brought the release of his first solo album, the masterful Foe Destroyer. Since then, Beaupré has released music on acclaimed labels such as Circus Company and Wagon Repair. His particular approach to music centers on lurching rhythms that build through micro-samples, exploring the emotional realms attempting consistently to flush out a deeper and richer relevancy within. In 2010, Beaupré turned to his more experimental side with Gemmiform, an ambitious audio-visual undertaking featuring the work of visual artists Nancy Belzile (experimental animation film), Patrick Bernatchez (drawing), David Fafard (digital imaging, video, VJ live performances) and the music of the Banjo Consorsium (guitar, banjo, lap steel). This inspired pairing with the Banjo Consorsium has grown into a handful of fledgling collaborations, one of which will debut at this year’s Mutek edition.
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After more than 10 years on the Montreal scene, Stephen Beaupré has become a respected figure in the world of Canadian electronic music. Attracting early attention as part of Crackhaus, his duo with Deadbeat, Steve managed to gain further recognition as a solo artist with his EP Dirty Lipreading on the upstart Montreal label Musique Risquée, launched by Akufen and Vincent Lemieux.
2006 brought the release of his first solo album, the masterful Foe Destroyer, released on both Musique Risquée and MUTEK_REC. His particular approach to music centres around lurching rhythms that build through micro-samples, a technique he shares with fellow Montrealers Guillaume Coutu-Dumont and Akufen.
These days, Beaupré is getting ready for his debut on Mathew Jonson’s Wagon Repair imprint, which should reintroduce him to a whole new audience.
More than 10 years of active participation on the Montreal scene has converted Steve Beaupré into an uncontestable artist in the world of Canadian music. Attracting attention with his Crackhaus project, for which he collaborates with his friend and fellow artist Deadbeat, Steve has managed to gain recognition as a solo artist with his EP Dirty Lipreading on the upstart Montreal label Musique Risquée, launched by Akufen and Vincent Lemieux.His particular approach to music manifests itself in decomposed and syncopated rhythms, which he develops with an incredible spontaneity. Animated ambiances based upon abstract and organic textures abound in his productions, where an equal measure of house and techno interplay with elements of funk, guided by a strong artistic sensitivity. Diverse vocals and instrumentation, reworked with humor, intermingle with intense beats, delivering both a relaxed and agitated tone to his pieces. His show for MUTEK 2006 also serves as an occasion to highlight the release of his first album, the masterful Foe Destroyer, on the MUTEK_REC label. In the spirit of innovative musicianship, Steve Beaupré will once again take charge of delighting festivalgoers.