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 Gizeh Records, Karlrecords, & Important Records.
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, & Alien8 Recordings.
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, followed by a live album Coltre/Manto on Midira Records in 2014 & a second studio full-length, Palace on Miasmah in 2016.
Caudal is a trio of Aidan Baker on guitar, Gareth Sweeney on bass, and Felipe Salazar 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 was released by Oaken Palace Records in 2013. Their second full-length release Ascension was released by Consouling Sounds in 2014 & their third, Fight Cry Fight by Drone Rock Records in 2018.
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, followed by their second album Children of Mars in 2015. Listen here. Their last album, Artemisia, was released by Tartarus Records in 2019.
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. Their debut full-length album, Birch White came out in 2009 on Elevation Recordings & their follow-up The Cruelest Month was released by Consouling Sounds in 2014.
INFINITE LIGHT LTD
Infinite Light Ltd. was a collaborative project between Nathan Amundson (aka Rivulets), Aidan Baker (of Nadja), and Mat Sweet (aka Boduf Songs). The trio explored the similarities and the disparities of their respective musical projects, creating music which combined minimal folk, abstract post-rock, glitching noise, and ambient drones. Their debut self-titled album, recorded remotely over the winter of 2010, was released on Germany’s Denovali Records.
ARC was 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 was 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 created a roiling tapestry of both rhythmic & ambient sound, a sound simultaneously prim(ev)al & avant-garde.