Sleeparchive, Cristian Vogel, Julien Roy, Martin Tétreault
NOCTURNE 2 highlights the current practitioners of the more abstract, cyclical side of minimal techno. These are artists who break down minimalism to its barest components of loop, cycle, space and sound in order to create an unmitigated propulsive engine of technique and rhythm that likens itself to the digital tribalisms of future generations. The Artificiel collective, featuring Julien Roy, joins experimental turntablist Martin Tétreault for the world-premiere performance of Surfaces, a work that centers on manipulations of vinyl for both sound and image while delving deep into the belly of rhythm science. Berlin’s masterful Sleeparchive, the rightful inheritor of the strict minimalism practiced by the likes of Pan Sonic, Monolake, and the Raster-Noton crew, arrives to the SAT stage for a Montreal debut of his stripped-down techno, while Chilean experimental techno veteran Cristian Vogel returns to the city after a prolonged absence to present the North American premiere of his most recent outing, The Never Engine.