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Utility

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Andres Castaño
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Andres Castaño Amazing music. Beautiful concept to approach stronger music. Loving it! Favorite track: Paradise Engineering.
Memory Lab
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Memory Lab Utility is painting an imaginary resort where you can recollect yourself and slow things down for a moment. Barker’s distinctive approach of techno with swallowed-up drums in between various synth layers makes the sounds travel around the speakers like particles in space. Personal favorites are "Paradise Engineering“, the title track and "Gradients Of Bliss" which is one of the finest dub techno cuts of the year.

Favorite track: Gradients Of Bliss.
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Cone Following on succesfully from Debiasing Barker of course puts out this neat album extending on that EP's ideas. Recalling genres such as Trance, Minimal Prog (if Ishkur's Guide is reliable), IDM and Dub Techno along the way, it works well whenever you use this as a set of DJ tools or a listening album. Me? "Why not both?"

(I would have written more but character limits tho).
Favorite track: Experience Machines.
paradoxque
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paradoxque Smooth ambient electronics. Perfect to dream away rainy days or to create contrast within a hard set. Pure joy
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    1. Paradise Engineering
    2. Posmean
    3. Experience Machines
    4. Gradients Of Bliss
    5. Hedonic Treadmill
    6. Models Of Wellbeing
    7. Utility
    8. Wireheading
    9. Die-Hards Of The Darwinian Order

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    A1. Paradise Engineering
    A2. Posmean
    A3. Experience Machines
    B1. Gradients Of Bliss
    B2. Hedonic Treadmill
    C1. Models Of Wellbeing
    C2. Utility
    D1. Wireheading
    D2. Die-Hards Of The Darwinian Order

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about

“We all dance away our lives to the tune of the sovereign pleasure-pain axis.”

– David Pearce, The Hedonistic Imperative

Pleasure-seeking and pain-avoidance as a rave metaphor fits the music of Sam Barker. The Berghain resident and Leisure System co-founder has spent the last few years exploring the euphoric potential of altering key variables in dance music formulas.

This was especially true on his 2018 Ostgut Ton debut EP ‘Debiasing’, which was flush with unconventional rhythmic chord stabs, melody and percussion but devoid of kickdrums.

Now, on his debut solo LP ‘Utility’, he turns his focus toward melding experimentation and dancefloor pragmatism with the psychology behind the musical decision making process. ‘Utility’ is a playful but non-ironic musical approach to a whole spectrum of utilitarian and transhumanist ideas: from models for quantifying pleasure and “gradients of bliss” to abolishing suffering for sentient beings (not just people) through the ethical use of drugs and nanotechnology.

Over nine tracks his vision ebbs and flows through waves of deeply psychedelic musical vignettes; free-floating and futuristic melodies and rhythms as targeted brain stimulation. The sound draws heavily on modular synthesis, as well as self-built mechanical instruments and plate reverbs to create atmospheres that are at once alien and emotionally recognizable, functional and utopian.

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released September 6, 2019

all tracks written and produced by Sam Barker

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