Matthew Dear’s Audion techno guise may be 10 years old now, but its latest incarnation—in a tricked-out, spherical performance pod called Subverticul—is a game-changer for how techno is presented in the live forum. We spoke with Dear from inside his vessel at Montreal’s MUTEK Festival earlier this year to get a deeper glimpse into how he performs and how this new stage setup changes it all.
Dear, who was in the middle of a mini-tour which would see the set travel to Barcelona for Sonar, commissioned Heather Shaw of Vita Motus (responsible for Amon Tobin’s amazing ISAM live show) to design the Subverticul set. The pod’s material reflects a series of projections from the booth, but it’s also stripped out with LEDs that Dear controls himself during the set. Check out the video for a closer look at how it all goes down.
Additional video shot by tobias c. van Veen