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Just like some folk see the world from an alternative perspective, some hear music in a different way too. Attuned to different frequencies than the rest of us, these people are unafraid to explore the more esoteric, outlandish aspects of rhythm and sound – the collisions and dissonances as well as the more familiar contours.

Hrdvsion – aka Nathan Jonson - is one of those people. The 29-year-old DJ/producer from a wholesome part of Victoria, Canada is part of a lineage that includes musical mischief-makers like Aphex Twin and Squarepusher and even beyond, to the majestic musique concrète veterans Schaeffer, Henry, Varèse et al.

Hrdvsion’s experiments began with exploring his blues-loving father’s midi keyboard at the age of eight. His mother nudged him towards classical piano and he tinkered with the washtub bass from time to time. But it was the keyboard he always went back to, stubbornly wrenching tune after tune from its limited 127 sounds, even while his older brother Mat (better known to the world of techno as Cobblestone Jazz’s Mathew Jonson) was bringing home fancy bass synths and TR 909s.

These early musical trips were formative to say the least. Nathan still spends most of his studio time with his head inside a computer, searching for strange sounds and mysterious glitches. “The programs are so complicated these days, they just can’t test them to their limits in every direction,” he enthuses, “so you can still find all these hidden sounds and bugs.”


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