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Architek Percussion: Metatron (Ambiances Magnetiques)

The Architek Percussion ensemble is a Montreal quartet performing works by Canadian composers, using percussion, drums, sampling, electronics and synth in wonderfully odd ways, here with two guest performers presenting works composed and mixed by Elliot Britton.

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UPC: 771028123223

Label: Ambiances Magnetiques
Catalog ID: AM_232
Squidco Product Code: 23262

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2016
Country: Canada
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at MMR McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, on Feburary 14th, 2014, by Christopher Johns.


Architek Percussion-ensemble

Ben Duinker-percussion, electronics

Mark Morton-percussion, electronics

Ben Reimer-drum kit, electronics

Alessandro Valiante-synthesizers, electronics

Zachary Hale-percussion, electronics

Christian Smith-percussion, electronics

Eliot Britton-mixing

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Artist Biographies:

"Ben Duinker is a performer, researcher, educator, composer, and choral tenor. As a percussionist, he has won prizes at competitions such as the OSM Standard Life Competition, PASIC Solo Percussion Competition, the Universal Marimba Competition, and the Prix D'Europe. His playing has been described as displaying "breath-holding physical grace" (Chronicle Herald) and as "revealing exceptional dexterity and precision" (La Presse). Duinker holds master's degrees in performance and music theory from McGill University. He currently divides his time between the pursuit of a PhD in Music Theory and his performing and composing activities."

-Architek Percussion Website (

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"Mark Morton is a multi-instrumentalist devoted to several streams of music making. As an orchestral percussionist, he has performed with Symphony Nova Scotia, I Musici, and l'Orchestre de la Francophonie. He has worked with world renowned percussionists like Steven Schick and Allen Otte, as well as the ensembles Tambucco, Percussions Claviers de Lyon, and Percussions de Strasbourg. He is also a frequent guest artist at Scotia Festival of Music. Mark holds a master of music in orchestral and chamber percussion from McGill University and a bachelor of music in piano from Dalhousie University. He also enjoys singing in choirs in the Montreal area."

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"Ben Reimer is a versatile percussionist who blurs the boundaries between popular and contemporary music. A recent doctoral graduate of McGill, his main focus of research and performance has been to demonstrate how the drumset, traditionally an improvised instrument, has recently emerged as a solo instrument with prescribed notation. Reimer has premiered four drumset concerti across Canada with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, SMCQ, TorQ Percussion, and Architek Percussion. Previously based in Winnipeg, he was the coordinator of percussion studies at Brandon University. Reimer holds a bachelor of music from McGill University and a master of music from SUNY Stony Brook."

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"Alessandro Valiante has been immersed in his native Montreal's beautiful and diverse culture since birth. He is a versatile percussionist, active in genres ranging from chamber music, rock, musical theatre, world music, to hip-hop. Valiante was a featured soloist in the Random Walks Xenakis Festival (Toronto) and has frequently collaborated with Sixtrum (Montreal). He holds a bachelor and master of music performance from McGill University, where he established himself as a specialist in the chamber repertoire of Steve Reich, Iannis Xenakis, David Lang, and John Cage and worked with a diverse set of composers including Vinko Globokar and Thierry De May."

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"Eliot Britton (b.1983) - composer, sound artist - integrates electronic and instrumental music to create an energetic and colourful personal language. Each of his compositions expresses his eclectic musical experience, including that of sound designer, producer, orchestral and jazz performer, DJ, and audio technician. By drawing on these sound worlds and others, Eliot Britton's compositions are bursting with a variety of resources only possible in the 21st century. His compositions have been heard by audiences across Canada and internationally.

Eliot Britton is currently pursuing his PhD in music research and composition at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University under the supervision of Prof. Sean Ferguson. Here Britton has worked as a course lecturer, studio assistant and composer in residence for the Digital Composition Studios. He was awarded the director's prize for research on live electronic music and recently held the position of composer in residence for the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble with the Digital Composition Studio. He currently holds a SSHRC Bombardier graduate scholarship to fund his research.

Prior to his work at McGill, Eliot Britton studied with Matthews and Fitzell at the University of Manitoba, and was also conferred with certification from the Precursor Productions School of Electronic Music. Throughout his studies, Eliot Britton has won numerous awards and scholarships. Recent accolades include 1st prize in the Hugh Le Caine Category in the SOCAN competition, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Scholarship (SSHRC), winner of the Winnipeg New Music Festival's Young Composers' Competition, and the Margaret H. Tyler Award in music. Select performances of Britton's work include: NIME Norway, EMS New York, the CCMW Toronto, McGill CME in Montreal, Winnipeg New Music Festival, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and the Pazzia Performing Arts Collective in Edinburgh, Eliot Britton continues to evolve musically.

Having recently finished his masters he continues pursuing a doctoral thesis on the analysis of rhythmic syntax in avant-garde electronic music and its relationship to electroacoustic music."

-Eliot Britton Website (

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track listing:

1. Metatron 1 (1920). Gatsbytron 8:01

2. Metatron 2 (1950). Archertron 2:50

3. Metatron 3 (1975). Dim 3:55

4. Metatron 4 (1980). Galvatron 10:09

5. Metatron 5 (1920). Valkaratron 3:27

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"Architek Percussion is a Montreal-based quartet specializing in the performance of experimental, minimalist, multi-disciplinary, crossover, and electroacoustic chamber music. Founded in early 2012, the quartet has quickly established itself as a dynamic force in Canada's vibrant new music community; equally comfortable in performing classic repertoire and exploring new terrain through commissions and premieres.

In addition to self-producing an annual concert series in Montreal, Architek Percussion has recently appeared as guests of New Music Edmonton, live@CIRMMT, Innovations en Concert, Cluster Festival (Winnipeg), the Music Gallery (Toronto), and the Scotia Festival of Music (Halfiax). Appearances in 2016 include a tour supported by CAM En Tournee, a UK and Norway tour supported by Nu:Nord and Ny Musikk Norge, and a tour of Quebec and Ontario supported by Jeunesses Musicales Canada.

Architek Percussion is committed to the development and presentation of new Canadian music. The quartet has premiered over 20 new works by composers such as Adam Basanta, Eliot Britton, Taylor Brook, Christos Hatzis, Nicole Lizée, and James O'Callaghan. Architek's current repertoire reflects the cultural and stylistic diversity of North American contemporary music. Architek Percussion consists of Ben Duinker, Mark Morton, Ben Reimer, and Alessandro Valiante."-Architek Percussion website

"After the Second World War my grandparents dragged a used 1902 upright piano down the road and installed it in their living room. This is the first instrument I can remember. My grandmother's collection of yellowing song sheets sat in the piano bench my entire life with watercolour illustrations of well-dressed couples dance across each page, beaming out at the reader, overflowing with sentimentality for a dance culture that was slipping away. A beautiful memory, but eventually the piano had to go, and it would go by chainsaw. When she died, I inherited my grandmother's musical materials. Beloved music cuts a path through format, technology, and time, an idea that planted the seeds for Metatron. A more fully formed concept came from my 95-year-old grandfather. During one visit I was greeted in the garage by a dull chainsaw and a stripped-down piano. "Finish the job," he said. With grim determination and a dull tool, I dismembered my first musical experiences, thinking of the strange place technology holds in our lives."-Eliot Britton

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