For the last 20 years, Matt Thibideau has been involved in making electronic music. He started off with his Moog Prodigy, a 4 track, and a drum machine. Matt dove into making electronic, industrial pop songs in 1989-1990. His basement soon became the place where he and his twin brother Mark would start their first project called the Waxbean Orchard. This was all in a small town called “Wallaceburg” Ontario (located close the American border not far from Detroit).
Over time Matt's interest in electronic music grew and he relocated to Toronto where his chances of releasing records & performing grew. He dove into making ambient and techno music after experiencing some of the local underground parties. This lead to several releases on Blue Recordings in the mid to late 90's. Matt's monikor at the time was “Altitude”. This started a chain reaction of working with other local labels such as Chair and Cynosure Recordings.
Matt was also performing with the likes of Jeremy Caulfield, Mike Shannon, Adam Marshal, Jeff Milligan, Mike Huckaby, Ritchie Hawtin, Akufen and Peter Grove. He and Mark started working on a new project called “Repair” in 2001. It was dedicated to all of the old broken synthesizers that they had in their studio. This was quickly signed to both Sub-Static records (Germany) as “V-Wreck” and Dumb-Unit records (Canada at that time) as “Blackline Display”.
Matt followed up this project with solo releases on Cynosure and Sub-Static records around 2003. He has performed live at several venues and festivals and does not use a laptop to do so. Venues such as MUTEK (Montreal), C.O. pop festival (Cologne), Observatori (Valencia), Bunker (NYC), Break & Enter (Toronto), Tempo (Toronto), Watergate & Suicide Circus, (Berlin) and Oslo (Detroit) have welcomed his live performances.
Matt has started a small label called “Obsolete Components” based on using his old synthsesizers and recording equipment. And recently was featured in the documentary “I Dream Of Wires”
Obsolete Components has released a new Repair EP and video along with several of Matt?s Archived unreleased recordings, A Modular Project with Brother Mark Thibideau, and the Upcoming Ambient “Reclusion” record that will be released with Echospace Detroit this year. These synthesizers are his inspiration for new sounds and ideas.
His love for these vintage instruments gets incorporated into all of his projects.