Montreal based Martin Tétreault is an internationally renowned turntablist who has been working on vinyl cut-ups and electronics for more than two decades. He records and performs primarily in collaboration, most often with other improv luminaries, including Otomo Yoshihide, Ikue Mori, Kevin Drumm and others. Tétreault has released solo and collaborative works on Touch, Ambiances Magnétiques
among others, and has toured extensively.
Tétreault is known for his use of custom-adjusted vintage turntables, often with multiple extra knobs, tone arms and switches. Starting out, Tétreault was alone with his phonographic experimentation, becoming aware of and connecting to others with parallel interests (ChristianMarclay, Otomo Yoshihide, Phillip Jeck) only after five years of solo experimentation. He has since worked primarily in collaboration, most often with other improv luminaries, including Martin Ng, Dianne Labross, Kevin Drumm and others. With a background in the visual arts focused on paper collage and magazine cut-ups, Tétreault made a natural transition into turntablism. In 1984, he cut an old LP in half, flipped one piece over, pasted it back together, and played the result on a turntable. He developed cutting and skipping techniques and collecting hundreds of cheap records from fleamarkets. It was years before he connected with guitarist André Duchesne, and from there plugged into the Montreal improv scene via the ensemble label Ambiances Magnétiques
run by Joane Hétu.
Tétreault later joined Michel F. Côté’s ensemble Bruire
, a group he played with throughout the 90s. The turntablist's first appearance on record can be found on the 1989 Bruire LP ‘Le Barman A Tort de Sourire’. He appeared next on ‘Des Pas Et Des Mois’ with Côté and René Lussier, released in 1990. His solo debut came on cassette tape in 1992, titled ‘Snipettes! (Ambience Magnétiques), and was followed by a string of collaborations on the same label with Robert Lepage, Ikue Mori, Diane Labrosse. In 1999 came a breakthrough collaboration with the renowned Japanese turntablist Otomo Yoshihide that garnered Tétrault international recognition, and collaborations with Kevin Drumm and other well-known improv artists followed. In 2002, at the height of the glitch/micro phenomenon, Tétreault curated the ‘Turntable Hell’ tour (in England) financed by the Contemporary Music Network.
In 2007 Phon-o-victo
was released, a live recording of an impro session by Tétreault with Kid Koala.
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