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Brett Naucke

Generally using modular synthesizers, experimental musician Brett Naucke creates abstract soundscapes inspired simply by lucid dreaming. His recordings range between minimal drones to thick, chaotic pieces, occasionally lapsing into pulsating rhythms. A fixture from the Chicago underground music picture since shifting there to complete college through the 2000s, Naucke provides toured with post-rock pioneers Tortoise and performed in cult experimental rock and roll collective ONO. He founded the Catholic Tapes label in 2007, and released many cassettes as Encounter Worker furthermore to collaborations with Ben Billington (Quicksails, Tiger Hatchery), Michael Pollard (Arbor Information), and Wyatt Howland (Epidermis Graft) before issuing materials under his very own name from 2010. He released tapes on brands like Arbor and Field Research before his sparse, haunting debut LP, VISITORS, was released by Nihilist in 2013. 7″ EP Transparency made an appearance on Catholic Tapes/Records and Bolts in early 2014, accompanied by full-length Seed, released by John Elliott’s Editions Mego-affiliated Range Spools imprint. Every one of the album’s pieces had been documented using the same synth patch, however none of these sound as well. Mexican label Umor Rex released Naucke’s cassette Executable Dreamtime in 2016, and Mugen, Vol. 9, a divide tape with Pulse Emitter, made an appearance on Hausu Hill the following calendar year.

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