Sam Barker has helped push the boundaries of dance music, looking beyond the realm of 4/4 techno to explore left-field sound design and rhythmic complexity. He has had a long ongoing relationship with Berghain and Ostgut Ton, having released two LPs and various EPs as one half of Barker & Baumecker and hosting regular nights at the club since September 2008 as co-founder of the label Leisure System.
Both as a musician and label owner, Barker operates on the fringes of techno, balancing experimentation with functionality. His musical approach unselfconsciously combines bass music, breaks, dub and ambient elements while still maintaining a strong connection to the dancefloor.
In 2018, Barker released his first solo EP, Debiasing, on Ostgut Ton, producing four tracks of hypnotic techno distinguished by the absence of kick drums and non traditional rhythms. In 2019 he released his solo debut album Utility also on Ostgut Ton, an exploration of styles and states of mind, with moments of deep dub, moving towards IDM and dubstep patterns, always achieving an uplifting feeling towards infinity.
Barker will perform live at the closing Nocturne event at Astin.