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Luka Baumann

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Despite growing up in a country consumed by war, Luka has always been consumed by music. When he was a kid he joined music school, which eventually turned out to be a disappointment – during the year he spent there not once did he touch a musical instrument. Soon after, he discovered that a computer might be a useful tool for experimenting with sound and so began to learn technical aspects of music production. High-school period played a vital role in young Luka’s musical education, as he discovered what was later to become his biggest inspirations: Steve Reich, Autechre, Surgeon and Coil. That was also the time of huge fascination over John Cage’s theoretical works and Italian futurism, from which he drew influences on how music could be created. Luka’s works are often created by capturing rhythmical patterns from environment and implementing them to his music:

I venture out and record certain rhythms or patterns to be found in our environment, taking them to my studio to work around them. I always try to leave these recordings as unprocessed as possible. This is like taking bits and pieces from my reality and use them to build musical structures.

Luka is interested in the primal aspect of human kind: elements buried deeply below the surface of culture, which take the lead role in various aspects of human behaviour. Therefore, he sees techno as a way of making direct contact with that primal substance. His music deeply reflects this attitude: it’s raw, fierce and impetuous, yet always leaving an open space for listener’s interpretation. Originating somewhere between Birmingham techno and industrial (Coil, Nurse With Wound, Boyd Rice et al), Luka also draws influences from a vast pool of eclectic music.

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