The record, which arrives in September, is "an honest take on music as both pleasure-maximizer and consciousness-expander."
The record finds the Berghain resident and Leisure System cofounder drawing on modular synthesis, as well as "self-built mechanical instruments." According to the label, Utility takes up utilitarian and transhumanist philosophy, "from models for quantifying pleasure and 'gradients of bliss' to abolishing suffering for sentient beings through the ethical use of drugs and nanotechnology."
The LP follows Barker's recent white label 12-inch, BARKER001, for Ostgut Ton, as well as his debut on the label, Debiasing, which was devoid of kick drums in an effort to "resist genre categorizations."
"After Debiasing, it occurred to me that my musical decisions were often
unintentionally utilitarian, following an instinct to maximize pleasure in one way or another," Barker said. "It's sort of unfashionable to admit, but by removing elements that have strong genre associations, this became a natural consequence." Utility, on the other hand, is described by the label as "an honest take on music as both pleasure-maximizer and consciousness-expander."
A1 Paradise Engineering
A3 Experience Machines
B1 Gradients Of Bliss
B2 Hedonic Treadmill
C1 Models Of Wellbeing
D2 Die-Hards Of The Darwinian Order
Ostgut Ton will release Utility on September 6th, 2019.
Photo credit: Uli Kaufmann