Aidan Baker

Aidan Baker is a Canadian musician and writer currently based in Toronto. He performs as a solo artist and with the groups Nadja + Arc. A classically trained multi-instrumentalist, his primary instrument is the electric guitar with which he creates music ranging from experimental/drone to ambient post-rock to contemporary classical. He has released numerous albums on labels from around the world and has authored several books of prose/poetry. We were thrilled that he was one of the collaborators for the Philippe Petit & Friends album 'Cordophony'.

You can follow up-to-date news, shows, releases and works through Aidan Baker's site here:

aidanbaker.org 

Here's a wonderful video of Aidan performing in New York at Death By Audio in 2009:

Here's a little more information from Aidan's Wiki page, including his huge discography and more:

Aidan Baker (born 1974/1975) is a musician from TorontoCanada who has released numerous records both as a solo artist and with his groups Nadja, ARC, and Mnemosyne. He has also written several books of poetry.

He has toured in both North America and Europe, and has made appearances at the OM FestivalMUTEKSouth by Southwest, and the Distillery Jazz Festival. He is married to Nadja bandmate, Leah Buckareff.

Baker utilizes a very experimental style of playing guitar, influenced by artists such as Caspar BrötzmannJames PlotkinKevin Shields, and Justin Broadrick. Influences on his musical structures and sound include Sonic YouthSwansSunn O)))Red House PaintersGodfleshCodeine, and PJ Harvey.

Most of his records consist of some lengthy songs and are usually improvised, as are his live shows.

Discography

  • Element (CD-R, Arcolepsy Records, 2000)
  • I Fall into You (CD-R, Public Eyesore, 2002)
    • Re-released (CD, Basses Frequences, 2008)
  • Letters (CD-R, Arcolepsy Records, 2002)
    • Re-released (LP, Basses Frequences, 2008)
  • Pretending to Be Fearless (CD-R, Fleshmadeword, 2002)
  • Repercussion (CD-R, Piehead Records, 2002)
  • Rural (CD-R, Blade Records, 2002)
  • Wound Culture (CD-R, Unbound Books, 2002) (soundtrack to his book of the same name)
  • At the Fountain of Thirst (CD-R, Mystery Sea, 2003)
  • Black Flowers Blossom (CD-R, Sonic Syrup, 2003)
  • Cicatrice (CD-R, Dreamland Recordings, 2003)
  • Concretion (CD-R, DTA Records, 2003)
    • Re-released (MP3, .Angle.Rec., 2007)
  • Corpus Callosum (CD-R, Kolorform Records, 2003)
  • Dreammares (CD-R, Mechanoise Labs, 2003)
  • Eye of Day (CD-R, Foreign Lands, 2003)
  • Loop Studies One (CD-R, Laub Records, 2003)
  • Loop Studies Remixed (CD-R, Arcolepsy Records, 2003)
  • Métamorphose (En Sept Étages) (CD-R, S'agita Recordings, 2003)
  • Terza Rima (CD-R, Public Eyesore, 2003)
  • Threnody One: Lamentation (CD-R, Nulll, 2003)
  • An Intricate Course of Deception (CD, .Angle.Rec., 2004)
  • Antithesis (CD-R, petite sono], 2004)
  • At the Base of the Mind Is Coiled a Serpent (CD, Le Cri de la Harpe, 2004)
  • Blauserk (CD-R, The Locus of Assemblage, 2004)
  • Butterfly Bones (CD, Between Existence Productions, 2004)
  • Field of Drones (CD-R, Arcolepsy Records, 2004)
  • Ice Against My Skin (CD-R, Arrêt Arrêt Recordings, 2004)
  • Ichneumon (MP3, TIBProd, 2004)
  • Same River Twice (7", Drone Records, 2004)
  • Scouring Thin Bones (MP3, Noiseusse, 2004)
  • Tense Surfaces (MP3, Panospria, 2004)
  • The Taste of Summer on Your Skin (CD-R, taâlem, 2004)
  • 24.2.24.4. (MP3, Dark Winter, 2005)
  • At Home With… (CD, Infraction, 2005)
  • Candescence (CD-R, Verato Project, 2005)
  • Figures (CD-R, Transient Frequency, 2005)
    • Re-released (CD, Volubilis Records, 2007)
  • Periodic (CD-R, Crucial Bliss, 2005)
  • Remixes (CD-R, Arcolepsy Records, 2005)
  • Skein of Veins (MP3, Phoniq, 2005)
  • Songs of Flowers & Skin (CD-R, Zunior Records, 2005)
  • Still My Beating Heart Beats (CD-R, Pertin_nce, 2005)
  • The Taste of Summer on Your Skin (CD-R, taâlem, 2004/2005)
    • 1st & 2nd editions released in 2004 & 2005 respectively
  • Traumerei (CD-R, Evelyn Records, 2005)
  • Undercurrents (CD, Zenapolae, 2005)
  • Within the Final Circle (MP3, Mirakelmusik, 2005)
  • 030706 (MP3, City of Glass, 2006)
  • Dog Fox Gone to Ground (CD-R, Afe Records, 2006)
  • Oneiromancer (CD, 2xCD, Die Stadt, 2006)
    • 2CD version contains a second disc with an Untitled Live Performance
  • Peau Sensible (MP3, Zenapolæ, 2006)
  • Pendulum (CD-R, Gears of Sand, 2006)
  • Still My Beating Heart Beats (MP3, Pertin_nce, 2006)
  • The Sea Swells a Bit… (CD, A Silent Place, 2006)
  • Broken & Remade (CD, Volubilis Records, 2007)
  • Concretion (MP3, .Angle.Rec., 2007)
  • Convs. w/ Myself (CD-R, Evelyn Records, 2007)
  • Dance of Lonely Molecules (CD-R, Blade Records, 2007)
  • Exoskeleton Heart (CD-R, Crucial Bliss, 2007)
  • Figures (CD, Volubilis Records, 2007)
  • Green & Cold (CD-R, Gears of Sand, 2007)
    • Re-released (CD, Beta-lactam Ring Records, 2008)
  • I Will Always and Forever Hold You in My Heart and Mind (CD-R, Small Doses, 2007)
    • Limited 2nd Edition was released in 2008 with slightly different artwork
    • Re-released (CD, Basses Frequences/Small Doses, 2010)
  • Noise of Silence (CD-R, Hyperblasted, 2007)
  • Scalpel (CD, The Kora Records, 2007)
  • Second Week of the Second Month (MP3, Kikapu Net.Label, 2007)
  • Thoughtspan (CD-R, Tosom, 2007)
    • Re-released (LP, Blackest Rainbow, 2009)
  • Fragile Movements in Slow Motion (CD-R, Universal Tongue, 2008)
  • Suchness #1 (CD-R, Gears Of Sand, 2008)
  • 20080307 (3"CD-R, Walnut + locust, 2009)
  • Blue Figures (CD, Basses Frequences, 2009)
  • Dry (CD, Install, 2009)
  • Gathering Blue (2LP, Equation Records, 2009)
  • Live in Montreal (MP3, Blocks Recording Club, 2009)
  • PMT#60 Playmytape @ Dom Club (MP3, Play MY Tape, 2009)
  • Liminoid | Lifeforms (CD, Alien8 Recordings, 2010)
  • Rictus (CD, OHM Records, 2011) - compilation of the 3" CD-R releases Cicatrice (2003), Blauserk (2004), The Taste of Summer on Your Skin (2004) and Fragile Movements in Slow Motion (2008)
  • Passing Thru (CD/Book, Beta-lactam Ring Records, forthcoming)
  • Only Stories (CD, The Kora Records, forthcoming)
  • Lost in the Rat Maze (CD, ConSouling Sounds, 2011)
  • Pure Drone (Drone Compendium vol 1) (LP, Beta-Lactam Ring Records, 2011)
  • The Spectrum of Distraction (2xCD, Robotic Empire, 2012) - Comes with download card containing over 6 hours of extra material / full mixes.
  • Already Drowning (LP, CD, Gizeh Records, 2013)

Collaborations

  • Approaching a Black Hole with DD3 (CD-R, Fargone Records, 2006)
  • An Open Letter to Franz Kafka with Beta Cloud (CD-R, Laughing Bride Media, 2007)
  • Nagual with Todd Merrell & Patrick Jordan (CD, aRCHIVE, 2007)
  • Orange with thisquietarmy (CD-R, thisquietarmy Records, 2007)
  • Live Collaboration with Leah Buckareff & Datashock (12", Meudiademorte/Hlava Temple, 2007)
  • Fantasma Parastasie with Tim Hecker (Alien8 Recordings, 2008)
  • Live 2008-14-11 with Brandon Valdivia (CD, Universal Tongue, 2009)
  • A Picture of a Picture with thisquietarmy (CD, Album, Killer Pimp, 2009)
  • White Nights / Drone Fields / DOM with Nadja (2xDVD, 2xCD, Beta-Lactam Ring Records, 2009) - 1 DVD & 1 CD each for Nadja / Aidan Baker solo
  • Infinite Light Ltd. with Nathan Amundson of Rivulets and Mat Sweet of Boduf Songs. (CD, LP Denovali Records, 2011) [4]

Splits

  • Untitled with Z'EVJohn Duncan & Fear Falls Burning (2x7", Die Stadt, 2005)
  • Colorful Disturbances with Noveller (LP, Divorce, 2009)
  • The Sun is Bleeding & Has Black Hands with ARC (2CD, Kokeshidisk, 2009)

With Nadja

  • Touched (Deserted Factory Records, 2003)
  • Skin Turns to Glass (Nothingness Records, 2003)
  • Corrasion (Foreshadow Productions, 2003)
  • split with Moss (2003)
  • I Have Tasted the Fire Inside Your Mouth (Deserted Factory Records, 2004)
  • Bodycage (Nothingness Records, 2005)
  • Bliss Torn from Emptiness (Fargone Records, 2005)
  • Truth Becomes Death (Alien8 Recordings, 2005)
  • Absorption Split with Methadrone (2005)
  • Trembled (Profound Lore Recordings, 2006)
  • We Have Departed the Circle Blissfully with Fear Falls Burning (Conspiracy Records, 2006)
  • Thaumogenesis (Archive Records, 2007)
  • Guilted by the Sun (Roadburn Records, 2007)
  • Radiance of Shadows (Alien8 Recordings, 2007)
  • 12012291920/1414101 with Atavist (Invada Records, 2007)
  • Nadja with Fear Falls Burning (Conspiracy Records, 2007)
  • Desire in Uneasiness (Crucial Blast Records, 2008)
  • Long Dark Twenties 7" (Anthem Records, 2008)
  • Trinity (Die Stadt Musik, 2008)
  • The Bungled & the Botched (ConSouling Sounds, 2008)
  • Autopergamene (Essence Music, 2010)

With ARC

  • Untitled (CD-R, Arcolepsy Records, 2000)
  • Two (CD-R, Arcolepsy Records/Mathbat Records, 2001)
  • 13th (CD-R, taâlem, 2002
  • 2 Songs (MP3, Subverseco, 2002)
  • Repercussion (CD-R, Piehead Records, 2002)
  • Feral (CD-R, Arcolepsy Records/Worthy Records, 2003)
  • Eyes in the Back of Our Heads (CD-R, Worthy Records, 2004)
  • The Circle Is Not Round (CD, A Silent Place, 2005)
  • Periodical II (CD-R, The Ceiling, 2006)

Tracks Appear On

With Mnemosyne

  • Spiritsized (CD-R, Arcolepsy Records, 2003)
  • The Air Grows Small Fingers (CD-R, Piehead Records, 2004)

Bibliography

    • Fingerspelling (Penumbra Press)
    • Wound Culture (Unbound Books)
    • The Adventures of Me & You (Eraserhead Press)
    • Place Name (Wingate Press)
    • Passing Thru (Beta-lactam Ring Records, forthcoming)
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