Broken Spine Productions & Affiliated Artists
Aidan Baker is a Canadian musician & writer alternately based in Toronto & Berlin. 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 is the author of several books of poetry & has released numerous albums on such labels as Drone Records, Important Records, & Alien8 Recordings.
Nadja is a duo of Aidan Baker & Leah Buckareff alternately based in Toronto & Berlin. The duo makes music that encompasses experimental/drone, ambient, shoegazer, & doom metal. Originally formed by Baker in 2003 as a solo endeavour, Buckareff joined in 2005 to bring the project out of the studio & into a live setting. They have since released numerous albums on such labels as Essence Music, Hydrahead Records, & Beta-Lactam Ring Records.
Formed in 2012 in Berlin, Germany, B/B/S/ is a trio of Aidan Baker (CA – Nadja, Whisper Room, ARC) on guitar, Andrea Belfi (IT – David Grubbs, Hobocombo, Il Sogno del Marinaio) on drums/electronics, and Erik Skodvin (NO – Svarte Greiner, Deaf Center) on guitar. The group makes largely improvisational music, combining abstract melodies and experimental drone textures. Their debut album Brick Mask was released in early 2013 on Miasmah Records and their second album Coltre/Manto was released by Midira Records in 2014.
Caudal is a new trio featuring Aidan Baker (CA – Nadja, Whisper Room, ARC) on guitar, Gareth Sweeney (IE – Gout) on bass, and Felipe Salazar (CO – Muerte En Pereira) on drums. Baker’s multi-layered, heavily affected guitar overlays Sweeney and Salazar’s driving, propulsive rhythm section creating music equally influenced by krautrock, post-punk, and spacerock. Their debut album Forever In Another World is out now on Oaken Palace Records. Their second release Ascension was released by Consouling Sounds in 2014.
Adoran is a duo consisting of Aidan Baker on drums & Dorian Williamson on bass. The project makes music combining elements of post-rock, drone, industrial, and sludge. Their self-titled debut album was released by Consouling Sounds in 2012 and their second album Children of Mars is forthcoming autumn 2015. Listen here.
A trio of Aidan Baker (guitar), Jakob Thiesen (drums/effects), & Neil Wiernik (bass/effects). The three members of Whisper Room moved in similar musical circles in Toronto & Montreal for many years, sporadically playing together &/or sharing stages, but did not actively come together as Whisper Room until December 2006. As an improvisational unit combining their disparate musical backgrounds, the trio creates music which explores the conjunction of electronic rhythms & textures with the pulsations & psychedelics of shoegaze & krautrock music. They released their debut full-length album, Birch White with Elevation Recordings and their follow-up The Cruelest Month was released by Consouling Sounds in 2014.
Infinite Light Ltd.
Infinite Light Ltd. is a collaborative project between Nathan Amundson (aka Rivulets), Aidan Baker (of Nadja), and Mat Sweet (aka Boduf Songs). The trio explores the similarities and the disparities of their respective musical projects, creating music which combines minimal folk, abstract post-rock, glitching noise, and ambient drones. Their debut self-titled album, recorded remotely over the winter of 2010, was recently released on Germany’s Denovali Records.
Discography (via Discogs)
ARC is a trio of Aidan Baker (guitar, woodwinds, percussion), Richard Baker (drums, percussion), & Christopher Kukiel (percussion) which formed spontaneously in 2000 at a performance at The Ambient Ping in Toronto, Canada. The trio’s sound is centred on the melodic loops, textures, & samples provided by heavily-effected guitar & other melodic instruments, in turn overlaid with poly-rhythms provided by various percussive instruments. With this combination, ARC creates a roiling tapestry of both rhythmic & ambient sound, a sound simultaneously prim(ev)al & avant-garde.
Discography (via Discogs)