Wonderment-at-Night: Midnight Operator (Mathew & Nathan Jonson), Korea Town Acid, Phèdre, Adam 2, OKPK
An evening of live avant-dance performances at the iconic Powerhouse venue
Sun. July 31st 2022
Powerhouse Venue, 2110 Store Street (All Ages)
9:00pm - 2:00pm Doors at: 9:00pm
Sunday, July 31
The Powerhouse Venue
2110 Store Street, Victoria BC
Korea Town Acid
The Powerhouse venue is a heritage warehouse style building. Built in 1892, it housed the power plant that ran Victoria's tram car service around the turn of the 19th century. In some respects it is a miniature version of Berlin's famous Berghain venue, which has been central to European techno for over a decade. With PK Sound dialing in the sonics, this is an epic night of world-class talent that you will not want to miss from beginning to end!
Presented by the Garden City Electronic Music Society and supported by the Government of Canada, Creative BC, BC Arts Council, the Province of British Columbia, the Capital Regional District and the City of Victoria.
Tickets: Tier One Tickets on Sale Now! $30 ($32.84 inclusive of fees and taxes)
MIDNIGHT OPERATOR (Mathew Jonson, Berlin & Nathan Jonson / Hrdvsion, Victoria)
“My take on music is more of a meditative exercise, used to enhance reality, while Nathan makes music as a way of destroying sound.” – Mathew Jonson
Between these Victoria-born brothers, Midnight Operator have released on some of the most respected and influential labels out there including Richie Hawtin's M-nus, Crosstown Rebels, Fool's Gold, Perlon, Sub Pop, Itiswhatitis, and of course, Mathew's very own cult imprint, Wagon Repair. They've remixed everyone from Chemical Brothers, Moby, Richie Hawtin, Plaid, Kevin Saunderson, Om Unit, Phil Kieran, and Para One, and played shows at the most iconic clubs and festivals the world over; from London's Fabric to Berlin's Panorama Bar to Glasgow's Arches, as well as memorable performances at Mutek (Canada), Sonar (Barcelona) and more recently Boiler Room (Berlin).
Growing up, the brothers made use of digital sequencers and eighties sound modules, pushing them to their limits until the first rudimentary computers began to infiltrate their home. Mathew's long-term passion for the warm sounds produced by analogue equipment persisted, while Nathan became increasingly fascinated by the multivarious routing possibilities exposed by digital software programs, in particular Audiomulch and Generator (a precursor to the Native Instruments Reaktor software). This separate adoption of digital and analogue equipment led to the development of two distinct and divergent sounds; Mathew's idiosyncratic lush, warm, analogue soundscapes which sit diametrically opposed to the Hrdvsion obsession with abrasive, heavy-duty, circuit-mashing and trademark brick-wall-smashed compression.
Finally, the pair started working together on what started out initially as a remix and live project, with both cutting up each other's creations. But, as Mathew explains, it wasn't always such an obvious decision to work together: “The small home studio we had as kids was not really built for two people and it seems weird but we only made music on our own for years. We always talked about doing something but for some reason developed in our own direction.”
By 2007, however, they were ready to release the first manifestation of Midnight Operator in the form of a brooding self-titled split 12". A period of several years followed during which time they worked largely independently of each other whilst preparing for the release of Nathan's highly acclaimed second Hrdvsion LP, Where Did You Just Go? and Mathew's seminal Agents of Time in 2010. In 2011, the decision to play live and begin producing more as Midnight Operator had been made, and the world has not been the same since!
KOREA TOWN ACID (Toronto)
Korea Town Acid is a classically trained pianist and recording artist/live performer/DJ from South Korea, currently based in Toronto.
She experiments in her unique sound design by using hardware, analogue/digital polysynths, drum machines and samplers to express her unpredictable soundscapes with moody textures.
She is an alumni of the 2018 Redbull Music Academy and was one of four invitees to participate in a master class with Suzanne Cianni at the National Music Centre in 2019. As a producer, she has contributed to the track "Play No Games" on rapper Cadence Weapon's 2021 Polaris Prize winning album "Parallel World". She is a 2022 Juno nominee for Best Underground Dance Single.
Her unique improvisational Live PA experience is free-form, genre-bending, composing intricate layered beats. Her formidable skills have brought her to global stages including her home town of Seoul, as well as Helsinki, London, Berlin, New York, Athens and all over Canada. Her most notable showcases have been; Mutek, Pop Montreal, Boiler Room and Plissken Festival, sharing stages with globally renowned artists including Floating Points, Objeckt, Laurel Halo, Helena Hauff, Leon Vynehall, Pelada, Machinedrum, MoMa Ready, Kyle Halll, Move D, Yeaji to name a few.
Her ground-breaking LP "Metamorphosis"(URBNET) with Dave Cooley (J Dilla, Madvillain, Madlib) on mastering duties, has received supportive press from Resident Advisor, Excliam.ca and Now Toronto. Her latest self-released record "Cosmos" is supported by Canada Art Council expressing Lofi, Electronica and DnB, recently featured on BBC 1 Radio, Benji B show.
Phèdre is an electronic duo from Tkaronto/Toronto, Canada. Originating in experimental-pop realms, their richly-textured compositions have grown into instrumental sets of high-bpm rhythmic soundscapes, performed live using sequencers and synthesizers. The ever-changing bass-heavy sets pay tribute to club, breakbeat, jungle and techno, while maintaining Phèdre’s own unique sense of musical beat exploration. Phèdre has toured in Can/USA, Mexico, EU/UK, Japan/Korea/Taiwan, Philippines, Russia, and Lebanon.
Victoria BC producer and sound designer Dan Godlovitch is okpk. Dan’s long list of music accomplishments include: Artistic director for the “Pretty Good Not Bad” festival, founding member of Victoria-based “Urban Therapy” events group, experience in both hardware and software instrument design, and writing compositions for theatre.
Adam 2 (Vancouver)
Adam 2 is a Vancouver based artist originally from Birmingham UK. Adam curates the Afrofuturism is Now podcast, is a co-founder of PPRZ Records, and is active on the boards of the James Black Gallery in Vancouver, and Galiano Island's Active Passive Performance Society.
Powerhouse Venue, 2110 Store Street