Michael Dean (b. 1989) is a composer and multimedia artist based in Montréal. Under the pseudonym ‘Wiklow’, he creates “a world of familiar digital sounds given organic autonomy” [MUTEK 2015]. Either solo or in collaboration, Dean brings together concepts from sound art, techno and contemporary art music.
Using turntables, cassette players and samplers, Dean’s performances explore the playback medium as an instrument. Taking influence from breakbeats, glitch and ambient music traditions, both physical and metaphysical aspects are part of a performance. Sonic and visual illusions are combined with subsonic tones, strobing and repeating patterns to create a constantly shifting audio-visual landscape.
Dean’s work has been featured and performed throughout Canada and internationally. He has presented at events like Festival Akousma, MUTEK and the International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) and venues such as the Contemporary Music Centre in Dublin, the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow and Le Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Dean holds a BSc in Music and Computer Science and an MA in Music Technology from the University of Limerick.