phoniq hosts <FM> CD launch July 2 2004

Subject: phoniq hosts CD launch July 2 2004
From: Neil Wiernik (
Date: Fri Jun 18 2004 - 15:59:06 EDT

friday july 2 2004

phoniq hosts a launch for the ckut benefit cd
< modular systems FM >

featuring :

pheek - live -
naw - live -
zen - live - ms zaandam

khanfucius - dj -
cyan - dj - modular systems ckut fm

jose garcia - visuals - fifteen pounds

all happening at casa del popolo, 4873 st-laurent montreal, canada
for the small amount of
$10.00 including cd
all proceeds go to ckut

for more info visit

On July 2nd 2004, the phoniq collective hosts the launch of the <modular
systems FM> compilation. <FM> is a benefit cd for ckut-fm, featuring 7
tracks donated by montreal electronic music artists. All proceeds from the
sales of this cd goes towards the operating budget for the radio station.

the event will showcase 3 of the <FM> artists:

PHEEK, whose second release on epsilonlab records, "les autres
promeneurs", broadens his journey in music making into innovative yet
dance friendly realms.

NAW, noise factory recording artist and phoniq resident, will immerse you
in experimental and deep dub influnced techno and house.

ZEN, recently embarked from the MS Zaandam, melds together unexpected
elements of dub, experimental sounds and electronica.

phoniq residents khanfucius and cyan will open and close the night with
dj sets, and local projection artist jose garcia will construct a visual
environment via various projection sources.



phoniq is a collective of individuals dedicated to promoting bleeding edge
electronic art in interesting variable environments, with an emphasis on
exposing aural and visual talent that has not yet been exposed to the
electronic arts communities of montreal. We aim to showcase upstart music
producers, djs, record labels and emerging visual artists all working in
electronic realms. Our foremost goal is to showcase off the wall and raw
genres of music and visual electronic arts- not just those that are
currently "en vogue" or will be shortly.

The concept for phoniq came together through the chance meeting of 2
active members of the montreal/canadian electronic music and digital arts
community: ckut-fm dj/host cyan and dub glitch techno producer naw. phoniq
has grown out of the combined histories of these 2 individuals. naw brings
the clonk legacy that he created 6 years ago in toronto, which hosted such
artists as: monolake, kit clayton and sutekh. cyan brings her ongoing
involvement in community radio (modular systems), event coordinating and
dj talents.

ckut 90.3 fm
CKUT 90.3 FM McGill Radio Inc. is a non-profit campus community radio
station that provides alternative music, news and spoken word programming
to the city of Montreal and surrounding areas. We broadcast 24 hours a
day, every day. Hear us at 90.3 MHz on your FM dial, or 91.7 by cable, or
tune in by Real Audio over the Internet.

modular systems is an electronic music magazine show featuring new music
and interviews with local and international artists. tune in every second
Tuesday at 3pm.

epsilonlab, thinner

Born in 1972, Jean-Patrice Rmillard was immediately attracted to music.
His parents recall the day when he discovered how to use a turntable and
from there on out, he would listen to old rock records endlessly. Perhaps
the most important discovery for JP was when his babysitter gave him a
Bee-Gees record for his birthday and he was introduced to dance music.
JP became interested in acid house in the late 80s and raves in early 90s,
inspiring him to DJ his own radio shows in Sherbrooke, Qubec. From his
college years to university, he played techno, house and anything exciting
to people whose ears werent as close to the ground.

Upon moving to Montreal in 1997 to study computer science, JP met Mateo
Murphy and found they shared similar musical interests. After performing a
show with Gez Varley, Mateo and JP decided to work on a live concept of
their own, based on improvising beats on the fly and mixing in other
synthesized sonic textures. It was at this point that JP adopted the name
of Pheek after a Richie Hawtin/Plastikman performance at Medialounge, a
show that would forever change his perspective on music.
After further honing their live show together, Pheek and Mateo opened for
Chain Reaction at the FCMM in 1999. They were spotted by Hautec and
offered to release a 12 inch marking a turning point in their fledgling

The few years that followed saw proposed releases on Hybrid Structure and
collaborations with Mitchell Akiyama on various projects a creative period
that proved a catalyst for JPs later success.
The next pivotal point in Pheeks career was meeting Eloi Brunelle and
subsequently being invited to join to the Epsilonlab media collective. JP
played with them since the very first night of their existence and for
almost every show to follow. His first release for Epsilonlab, 2002s
Paysages Matriciels, was a critical success and was nominated for Quebecs
prestigious ADISQ music awards.
Later that year, Pheek and Eloi toured Europe together, playing shows in
Paris, Lyon, Switzerland, Cologne and London. This trip opened up new
possibilities for the duo and they completed a second European tour the
following year.

Recently, JP teamed up with Thinner, one of the more recognized MP3
labels. As well as contributing tracks to Thinners compilations and
releasing Tabisuru Kokoro in late 2003, he has coordinated many of their
live events, including a Thinner vs. Epsilonlab showcase.
As a veteran of the Epsilonlab team, Pheek has released his second album
with the label. This will mark the beginning of a new era in the Montreal
based label as they will launch a mp3 department.


aka Neil Wiernik (b.1967)

Montreal native Neil Wiernik began his explorations in electronic music making as early as 1988. Known to push the boundaries of his musical form from designing new or manipulating existing sound making devices and software to creative uses of production environments and sound sources, naws music is a blend of sound manipulation/design, experimental musics and dub-tech rhythms, which on the surface sound quite simple, but incorporate a number of touches that steer this artist away from being simply another minimal techno or experimental laptop artist. He combines post-house, dubby minimal techno, microsound and thick ambience, to create his own version of deep techno, house and other electronic laptop orineted musics. Neil has released music on various national and international record labels, including releases on Noise Factory, Worthy, Complot, Piehead, A/S Systems, Wabi and Future Rhetoric. As naw, Neil has performed extensively along side a variety of national and international artists both in and outside of Canada. August 2004 naw will release his follow up noise factory records full length record called: "green nights orange days", this record finds Neil at his deepest and dubbiest yet, the release of this record will co inside with a series of North American and European tour dates through out the late summer and fall of 2004.

zen --- ms zaandam

zen nakamura currently finished a contract aboard a cruise boat as a jazz drummer. While he played all styles of music from the mambo, the cha-cha, swing and other typical ballroom and lounge music, he was composing varied styles of electronic music. Though a dub-reggae/drum'nbass head at heart, his studies in electroacoustics and love of most types of music influenced his infusion of genres all across the board.

jose garcia ----------- fifteen pounds

Life on the train, or walking in the park or watching the news.....Lying in the grass...that sort of stuff, vultures feeding too. Geronimo's dusty desert brawl in panavision then transfered to super 8. the walls flap, figures sail down a hall with brief cases. It all started in front of the Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. a few years later and something keeps me looking around the corner.

khanfucius / scant intone -------------------------- Constantine Katsiris (b. 1980 - Saskatoon, Canada)

Constantine has been active in exploring the electronic arts since the early 1990s. He became involved in the BBS scene at a young age, tracking music modules and drawing ascii art. By 1996 he chose the alias Khanfucius and began as a DJ, playing an assortment of strange, abstract and ambient music at local clubs, raves and other events in the prairies. His active involvement in the scene spawned many projects, including the event production company Uninhibited Sound System with his fellow DJs and the artistic collective Panospria. Musical side projects around this time included playing laptop and synths in the improv electronic band Mandelbrot Set and co-producing an album as Break Fluid with Sasafras of the hip hop group Isosceles. His first solo album as Khanfucius, The Phuzzillogikal Basement Tapes 96-98, was compiled and released independently prior to moving to Dublin, Ireland in 1999. This release caught the attention of radio DJ Keith Downey who invited him to co-host

his show on Kiss FM called Psychonavigation. Keith would go on to start Psychonavigation Records and release music by Constantine and his Canadian associates. Upon his return to Canada, he took up residence in Ontario and studied in the fields of audio and multimedia. Since 2001, his focus has been fixed on his experimental music and sound-art project as Scant Intone. Currently living in Montreal, he is working on upcoming solo and collaborative works as well as coordinating projects for both Panospria and Psychonavigation Records.

cyan ---- (aka Corina MacDonald)

Montreal based DJ, radio host and budding techno producer cyan was born and raised in the western provinces of Canada. In 1994 while living in Scotland she she was introduced to the dj culture associated with electronic dance music and was inspired to begin exploring the art of djing. When she returned to Canada, she decided that Montreal would be an ideal city to set her roots down and start exploring this approach to music. DJ culture was not a foreign concept to her and it was a logical extension of her ongoing work in community radio, which began in 1990 in Calgary and continued in Montreal from 1996 on. She now co-hosts CKUT FM^s Modular Systems: an electronic music magazine program. Her sound can best be described as layered raw & funky, dense & deep techno rhythms, influenced by the techno and house sounds of Detroit. cyan can be found regularly playing at various venues in and around Montreal, and has played alongside such artists as naw, noah pred, grannyark and lynne t. She has recently released her 6th independently produced DJ mix called The Gravity Protocol, which has been received in a very positive light by reviewers and techno fans alike. She is hard at work in the studio concocting her own variation on electronic dance music. cyan is involved in the phoniq collective, where she co-curates and organizes independent electronic music events featuring local producers and visual artists, and can be seen regularly at these events working the wheels of steel.

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