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AIDAN BAKER

Progressive Electronic • Canada


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Aidan Baker is an innovative guitarist and sound researcher coming from Toronto. Next to a handful of collaboration with great figures of the experimental rockin scene such as Tim Hecker and Nadja he published an important collection of microtonal ambient sound tapestries sonically dense and centered on various sound manipulations. Baker is now considered as A leading composer of ambient happenings, renowned for his amazing ritualistically live experiences.

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Element (PWYC)
2000
0.00 | 0 ratings
Letters
2002
3.00 | 1 ratings
At The Fountain Of Thirst
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
Butterfly Bones
2004
0.00 | 0 ratings
Field of Drones
2004
3.00 | 1 ratings
Figures
2005
3.00 | 1 ratings
The Sea Swells A Bit...
2006
0.00 | 0 ratings
Pendulum
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Thoughtspan
2007
3.00 | 1 ratings
Dry
2009
2.50 | 2 ratings
Synth Studies
2013
4.00 | 4 ratings
Already Drowning
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Hypnotannenbaumdronefuzz
2014
4.82 | 3 ratings
The Confessional Tapes
2015
4.00 | 2 ratings
Stimmt
2015
4.95 | 2 ratings
Ecliptic Plane
2015
0.00 | 0 ratings
Werl by Aidan Baker & Tomas Jarmyr
2016
3.00 | 1 ratings
Ergine / Epimer
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Noplace (by Aidan Baker / Simon Goff / Thor Harris)
2017

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4.00 | 1 ratings
BSP Live Series - 2010.11.16, Paris
2010
5.00 | 1 ratings
Aidan Baker+THISQUIETARMY: Hypnodrone Ensemble
2014

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 BSP Live Series - 2010.11.16, Paris by BAKER, AIDAN album cover Live, 2010
4.00 | 1 ratings

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BSP Live Series - 2010.11.16, Paris
Aidan Baker Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars A live display of focused/experimental/music/noise mutations which turn out to be as daring and uncompromised as enticing and surprising.

This unnamed 38 minutes composition, divided into 2 parts, "BSP Live Series/2010.11.16 - LesInstant Chavires, Paris" beholds many remarkable features alongside its apparent economy in instruments and performers, one will suspect, when reading the credits as Aidan Baker takes full responsibility of all recorded sounds and only guitar as instrument.

Apparently, as told, but expect a full gallery of electronic/acoustic sound possibilities (including bright but well measured percussive elements, here and there) by the addition of loops which eventually grow outside themselves to become massive entities conjuring hypnotic and raw to the bone structures whose guiding lights are the well threaded melodic lines which as always are the real deal of this (and any) release.

This noise related, electronic, "symphonic" like project keeps one's attention hooked from start to finish due to the before mentioned attribute. And of course Aidan Baker's musical language has many influences but sounds like none but himself and on this one extremely charged!

In between the exact borders of Krautrock, Progessive Electronic and pure and explosive Avant Garde.

****4 PA stars

 Ergine / Epimer by BAKER, AIDAN album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Ergine / Epimer
Aidan Baker Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars Aidan Baker's 2016 "Ergine/Epimer" turns out to be somehow uneven yet intriguing but above all hard to rate impartially. A 2 long compositions release which presents mirror alternate versions of the same.

The first "original" 2 tracks are constructed dronescapes which differentiate from their twin Ambient Versions by being accompanied by acoustic drums which , by the way, are an integral part of Aidan Baker's instrument playing skills repertoire, alongside cello, bass and of course guitars and synths.

Even though as an outsider I could not state which came first the egg or the hen, both "original" versions do not do the trick for me and although Mr. Baker is an expert drum player here the drumming seems to hold back both tracks.

Following up or constructing these kind of dronescapes with an acoustic drum set, ends up in a kind of military march feel, which more than just that, but because of the lack of more creative solutions of the same, overshadows what it was supposed to be following or constructing. He is not the first one to attempt this and ironically he is not the first one to end up playing this military like drum-marches.

In some way, I think, that is why mirror drum-less versions were included in this release, but then again the egg or the hen?

Now the the saddest part of the whole experiment is that with drums or without them the music composition as such lacks really enticing melodic lines as he usually delivers but of course humanly impossible always. And this one rests on the second "not always" category.

Now as far as rating it, I as always, rate any releases with a self created and original musical language no less than 3 stars, this project more than once goes upward that constellation but short of 4.

***3.5 PA stars.

 Ecliptic Plane by BAKER, AIDAN album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.95 | 2 ratings

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Ecliptic Plane
Aidan Baker Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Dream like Cosmic electronics, from a rarely pure prog electronic mastermind.

Electric guitar in hand, Aidan Baker released "Ecliptic Plane" in 2015. For ground breaking news as such, as told, this one can undoubtly be pinned down to its common address, yet Post/Math Rock, a newer genre, could well be mentioned. Main reason to do so, is that the electric guitar alongside flowing synths compositional structures are raw and sophisticated simultaneously as some Post/Math structures.

Anyway in this (un)controllable taggings, Aidan Baker's style has always stepped indifferently wherever his creativity leads on and the real deal about Ecliptic Planes goes beyond all this info.

Hypnotic, uninterrupted, strangely beautiful, addictive musical structures display shamelessly the altitudes Baker's self made musical idiom has reached and holds no quarter in doing so.

Rating this work on a purely Prog Electronic basis feels uncommonly satisfying and defying. Needless to say the droning/shoegazing electric guitar based compositions are mostly its main feature, which is quiet welcomed in a world where synths abound. And it is not only that all music structures found in each mili-second of this obscure masterpiece are totally inspired and perfectly threaded, but above all its inherent addictive nature certainly sets it above the highly respectable 4 stars rating alone.

***** 5 "small wonder" PA stars.

 Stimmt by BAKER, AIDAN album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Stimmt
Aidan Baker Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Aidan Baker's discography could hardly be pinned down to a single Prog sub-genre. His abilities and relentless exploring spirit, rarely denies itself the opportunity to express, whatever he needs to express in the styling it needs to be expressed. In some unknowingly way, he fits the PSIKE club almost to perfection (the Indo-Raga styling is still missing up to now and as far as I know).

Anyway, "Stimmt", 2015, is no exception. Closer to Krautrock even Psychedelic or Heavy prog, rather than electronic prog as such. Its charms are abundant as its energized performances, adding the topping with unique and mutable songwriting signatures.

Track 1- Dance of the Entartet is heavy prog related. Its exploding electric guitar chords certainly set it in this category. 4 stars

Track 2- Atemlos, slow paced cosmic Krautrock, tainted with a bluesy like rhythm and a "Frippiesque" distant guitar soloing. 3 stars

Track 3- Transverse Motion, a slowly ascending Krautrock rocker, plays along the lines of straight forward simplicity and highly rich and complex arrangements, alongside extreme noise filters and its inevitable uprising pinnacle. 4 stars

Track 4- Mir. Dreamy percussions open the stage for an even dreamier electric guitar melody line and a highly hypnotic synths background accompanied by abstract whispers, which built up one of this releases most memorable highlights (Steven Wilson like but without any cheesy momentums). 4.5 stars

Track 5- Starken. Counterpoints the previous track's sweetness with Black Sabbathesque deep falling electric guitar minor chords, as its clashing drumming and its pin-pointing deep bottom bass line. Fun considering the Black Sabbath structure and its unexpected influence in Baker's catalogue. 3 stars.

Track 6- Somate I, could be set in the dark/drone/shoegaze/noise styling, yet its unfriendliness is close to RiO's standards. 3.5 stars.

Track 7- Somate II, still runs on its sibling direction but offers a more polished "roughness" and experimental focus that could turn to be the delight of any RiO's or AV's follower. 4 stars

Track 8- Quer, returns to the heavy prog mode and proposes a more Aidan Baker approach, therefore its uniqueness overshadows its rootings and offers in return an extraordinary (but kind of short) sonic experience. 3.5 stars.

Resolut, the closing 9th track, probably this work's best track, moves between all the previous track's stylistic elements, transmuting them into a single, perfectly balanced and flawless composition. 5 stars.

Adding up these abstact numberings > 2/3s + 2/3.5s + 3/4s + 1/4.5 + 1/5 equals **** 4 PA stars.

 Already Drowning by BAKER, AIDAN album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.00 | 4 ratings

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Already Drowning
Aidan Baker Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Disturbingly beautiful!

Avant Garde and dimly lighted post/folk, post-rock passages, accompanied by a solitary parade of female vocalists, taking turns and "inspiration from various myths and folktales about female water spirits." as this release quotes as an invitation.

To set it clear from the start, this is no Prog/Electronic album as such. Aidan Bakerīs, 2013, "Already Drowning" will appeal, to put it in Prog idiom, to those audiophiles who dig Progīs version of "dark" Folk and the obscure and unpredictable Rock in Opposition taggin without the jokes or strident solutions to its compositions (somewhat like "Art Bears", as a musical reference not a music writing comparison).

The bewitching art cover, could turn out to be the best way to intuit what kind of musical-mood one should expect to encounter, yet this album is quiet colorful when it comes to the tones each female vocalist brings to the table.

Intimate and perfectly arranged, its scattered instrumentation, even if minimalistic, fills the musical environments with an extremely deep and disturbingly beautiful and sad atmosphere that focuses entirely on the lyrics and voices of each collaborator and yet like a sirenīs call, hypnotic to the core.

****4 PA stars.

 Aidan Baker+THISQUIETARMY: Hypnodrone Ensemble by BAKER, AIDAN album cover Live, 2014
5.00 | 1 ratings

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Aidan Baker+THISQUIETARMY: Hypnodrone Ensemble
Aidan Baker Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
5 stars Krautrock at its best, in today's world, according to Aidan Baker + THISQUIETARMY.

Eric Quach aka THISQUIETARMY and Aidan Baker plus David Dunnett, Felipe Salazar and Jeromie Mortier, all 3 on drums, release this live and kind of brief (41 minutes) yet flawless as intense and exploding with high leagues artistry, one long song performance "Hypnodrone Ensemble" in 2014.

Sophisticated as hell in comparison to the Krautrock of yore , it in return offers the same clashing, super intense, fast paced, epic/hypnotic sounds but through a highly inspired songwriting and an up-front flawless performance.

Avoiding all KRAUTROCK's repetitive protocols like "mild" jokes, "banal lyrics", never-ending drum twists, bland impros just for kicks, boring detours, no, no! No respect for any kind of Krautrock's cheap tricks!

And yes, yes yes! This effort's energized altitudes are set by its highly creative freedom but also by its loosely tight but extremely focused performances that even if " sophisticated" still hold that unpretentious and careless manners of those same memorable Krautrockers.

A frantic intensity rarely found in Baker's releases, it somehow adds up that the quiet restless THISQUIETARMY enhances Baker's classical training both as composer and performer to new altitudes.

Far easy *****5 "flawless as creative and groundbreaking" live release, PA stars.

PD: Yes! I know Mr. Baker is settled in the Prog/Electronic genre but this realease is pure Krautrock.

 Element (PWYC) by BAKER, AIDAN album cover Studio Album, 2000
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Element (PWYC)
Aidan Baker Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars Deconstruction ahead!

Aidan Baker's "Element (PWYC)", consists of five 1990's composed pieces, finally released in 2000 as his first release.

Experimental to the top, reminds me sometimes of Fred Frith's deconstructions, although Mr, Baker is less preoccupied of being strictly un-musical and of course incisively taking full advantage of over- electrifying his efforts through his electric guitar's sound proclivity towards noise and beyond.

Therefore, expect ambiental distortions couterpointed by raw but bittersweet melody lines , in an early and inspired first release and what at that moment may have sounded like breaking free of the chains of traditional electric-guitar schools and focusing on inventing, the same as Mr, Frith, a self-taught and own, new guitar idiom.

Good enough to climb ***3.5 "imaginary" PA stars.

 The Confessional Tapes by BAKER, AIDAN album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.82 | 3 ratings

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The Confessional Tapes
Aidan Baker Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Experiments through darkness and beauty.

Aidan Baker's 2015 release "The Confessional Tapes" turns out to be both an unexpected "small wonder" and an extraordinary display of Mr. Baker's best attributes both as performer and as songwriter, compressed into ten all perfectly matched songs, which travel trough, I'm quoting Bandcamp's taggins: Ambient, Drone, Electronica, Experimental Jazz, Post-Rock, Shoegaze, Slowcore and Triphop. I, of course, will bring it closer to the Prog-World by adding Prog/Electronics , Progīs Post/Math rock and some slight brushes with the Canterbury Scene and the Prog/Folk one.

Yes! This project leans on all kind of directions, it is as sophisticated as it is raw. Mr.Baker himself sings on some of its pieces yet every composition focuses or develops towards unexpected highlights of pure musical beauty, no matter how roughly constructed or performed or which kind of scratch (or glitch) it uses.

Ok but what makes it tick so loud? For starters, composition wise, it is flawless as it is unique. Why? Due to the fact that all those "taggins" or styles actually happen simultaneously in small fragments in each song and are transfigured into Mr. Bakerīs self aquired musical ways of expression in the same proportion. And each song, although apparently uncrafted or rough, is meticulous constructed or deconstructed by these blending of crossroads with enough space to dwell freely knowing beforehand, that as in life itself, music coexists among noise and silence.

*****5 PA stars.

 Hypnotannenbaumdronefuzz by BAKER, AIDAN album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.00 | 2 ratings

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Hypnotannenbaumdronefuzz
Aidan Baker Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Forget all about the noise, bring back the melody!

Multi-instrumentalist Aidan Baker's 2014, 40 minutes long, 3 piece project , "Hypnotannenbaumdronefuzz", focuses entirely on melody, beyond his previous experiments with noise. Again, he projects a low-keyed , no frills, up front, songwriting, similar to that of his earlier efforts.

Each piece relies on its own melody line, which is an almost invisible thread, that moves along extraordinary, yet almost imperceptible arrangements. The variety in its instrumentation, enhances its scope and depth. But nevertheless, its slow-paced melodical moods set the evocative and nocturnal tone of the whole project.

****4 "Imaginative, creative, hypnotic, laid back and up front, small masterpiece", PA stars.

PD. By the way its PA section is still missing like half of his albums, eventually I will upload the other ones I own.

 Thoughtspan by BAKER, AIDAN album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Thoughtspan
Aidan Baker Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
4 stars The flowing nature of Aidan Baker's musical evolution.

If Krautrock evoluted into something these days, it will surely sound like this 2007, "Thoughtspan". Although Aidan Baker is canadian, he sure is one of its best heirs. His fascination with the borders of music/noise, order/chaos or his focused/experimental structures, are close to this sub-genre's stylings. But his tones are rarely playful, rather the opposite, which of course does not mean that he is that obscure, but enough as the prog-electronics who favor these colors. (Throbbing Gristle, Lustmord, Tim Hecker, Coil, Merzbow, etc, etc.)

"Thoughtspan" plays within those borders. Blending straight forward bright and hypnotic steel strings guitar strummings or piano lines among chaotic and inhospitable environments. This is masterfully accomplished, by Aidan Baker (guitar, bass, vocals, flute, drums ) and his two guests, Sarah Gleadow's violin and Lucas Baker's trumpet . (Yeah! Apparently no synths!)

The raw, expansive ("the sky is the limit") and unorthodox "dark"nature of this work as its instrumentation, could also easily stand between the RiO/AV asthetiques. In fact these musical structures actually fit any of these prog sub-genres, even though its small dossages of post/math rock and the droning sensation of the so acclaimed "Shoegaze".

Thereby, if any of these mentioned sub-genres suits your fancy, you are in for a memorable, and above all, a promising ride into the possible future fusion of these prog stylings.

**** 4 "way-ahead, creative "electronic" music" PA stars!

Thanks to Philippe Blache for the artist addition.

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