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Aidan Baker +Bleaklow+ Heavy Lifting


14 September 2023    
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Bishops' House
Norton Lees Lane, Sheffield, S8 9BE, Sheffield, England, S8 9BE
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Utility Tapes presents a rare opportunity to hear internationally recognised drone and ambient artists in the intimate 16th C Bishops’ House

Aidan Baker

Aidan Baker is a classically-trained multi-instrumentalist focusing on the electric guitar as his primary instrument. Using prepared and alternate methods of playing the guitar, along with various electronic effects, Baker creates music which generally falls within the ambient/experimental genre but draws on influences from post-rock, shoegaze, electronica, neo-classical, and jazz.

A highly prolific artist, Baker has released numerous recorded works, both solo and with various group projects—most notably his dreamsludge duo, Nadja—and including collaborations with Tim Hecker, Carla Bozulich, Jussi Lehtisalo, and Andrea Belfi, among others—on such independent labels as Karlrecords, Gizeh Records, Important Records, and his own imprint, Broken Spine Productions. A frequent live performer, Baker has toured extensively around the world, including appearances at such international festivals as FIMAV, SXSW, Incubate, Unsound, Roadburn, and Mutek.

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Baker currently resides in Berlin, Germany.

Heavy Lifting

Heavy Lifting is Lucy writing live code for a different dimension.

In this performance she will be using a set of inconsequential field recordings and a Kawai Phm ‘pop synth’ rompler to reminisce about Culture landscapes.

This will be a unique performance, probably best represented by Lucy’s band P Foundation on their 2022 release ‘Young Cloud’ – and her work for the SONA installation ‘Straum’ –


Bleaklow is made of Claire Knox and Richard Knox (A-Sun Amissa / Shield Patterns etc). The duo create distorted and billowing songs from fractured melodies and crumbling ambient drones.

Using minimal instrumentation, 4 track recorders and field recordings, Bleaklow’s sound is a hypnotic swoon, moving between fragile spacious notes and blown out ethereal noise.

Debut EP out in June via Gizeh Records

Heavy Lifting