Istanbul born and raised, Berlin based electronic music composer and sound artist Hüma Utku explores the possibilities of how sound textures and rhythm can be used to evoke a sense of ancient within abstract electronic music. With an overall disregard for musical genre divisions she fuses field recordings, acoustic instruments, atmospheric ambience; into harmonious noise and harsh ritualistic rhythms as means to utilise sound and music as tools for storytelling. Combining her practice of music with her studies in psychology; Utku's works draw inspiration from human condition, Jungian psychology, mysticism and folklore.
In August 2018 Şeb-i Yelda (EP/12'') was released by Karlrecords, which presented Utku (as R.A.N.) with an evolved sound and strong theme to a wide audience. Following the international success of her EP, she released her debut full-length album under her own name Gnosis in July 2019 via the same label. This release gained Utku recognition for her unique approach of creating sonic story plots by merging concepts with experiments in electronic music.
Later in 2019, her rework of Vanessa Wagner's Struggle for Pleasure (originally by Wim Mertens) in company of selected artists like Wolfgang Voigt (aka GAS), Suzanne Ciani & Vladislav Delay, was released by the Paris based InFine music.
Her work has received notable press from platforms such as The Wire, Noisey, RollingStone, Redbull Music, Groove Mag, Gonzo Circus and Scene Noise among others, as well as getting broadcasted by seminal radio station and platforms such as BBC Radio 3, NTS radio, RAI 3 (Italian National Broadcasting), Resonance FM, YLE (Finnish National Broadcasting) and Sveriges Radio (Swedish National Broadcasting).
Residencies and Scholarships
Selected for the SHAPE 2021 roster (April 2021 - March 2022)
Nominated by CTM Festival
Musikfonds Scholarship Program 2020
Guest Composer at EMS Stockholm
Scholarship by Goethe Institute Sweden
Artist in Residence, Tehran/IR
Musicboard Berlin & Goethe Institute Tehran
Artist in Residence, Mardin/TR
DAIRE Residency Program
K2 Contemporary Art Center
Scholarship by European Union & Republic of Turkey
Amplify Berlin Artist in Residence, Berlin/DE
Submarine Studio Artist in Residence, Cairo/EG
14.07 - ''Gnosis'' LP Release Event, Berlin/DE
26.06 - Acud Macht Neu, Berlin/DE
03.05 - Donaufestival 2019, Krems/AU
13.04 - Radialsystem, Berlin/DE
14.03 - Griessmühle, Berlin/DE
01.11 - DICE Festival, Berlin/DE
11.09 - ''Şeb-i Yelda''EP Release Event, Berlin/DE
09.03 - Salon IKSV, Istanbul/TR
16.12 - Yukunkun Club, Beirut/LB
07.12 - El Warsha, Cairo/EG
05.10 - Reclaim The Beats, Berlin/DE
24.06 - Forte Prenestino, Rome/IT
22.06 - Suicide Circus, Berlin/DE
28.03 - Ausland, Berlin/DE
25.06- Kantine Am Berghain, Berlin/DE