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.
Her sophomore album , The Psychologist is released on Editions Mego in May 2022. This album has been cited as Utku's most ambitious and complex work yet in which her background as a graduate of Psychology and her current practice as a conceptual music composer are intertwined.
Since 2016, Utku presented her work and performed across Europe and the Middle east; including performances in Atonal Berlin, HKW, Radialsystem and Kiezsalon, in Berlin/DE; Salon IKSV in Istanbul/TR, Donaufestival and Musikprotokoll in Austria, Forte Prenestino in Rome/IT, Today's Art in Netherlands, Insomnia Festival in Norway and many others.
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).
In 2021, Utku has been selected as a SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in Europe) artist.
Residencies and Scholarships
Neustart Kultur 2022
Guest Composer at Elektronmusikstudion 2022
Neustart Kultur 2021
GEMA Scholarship Program
SHAPE Platform 2021
Platform for Innovative Music and Audiovisual Art from Europe
Musikfonds Scholarship Program
Scholarship between January - June 2021
Guest Composer at Elektronmusikstudion 2020
Scholarship by Goethe Institute Sweden
Musicboard Berlin 2019
Artist in Residence in Tehran/IRAN
in collaboration with Goethe Institut Teheran
Daire Residency Program 2019
K2 Contemporary Art Center
Project by European Union & Republic of Turkey
Amplify Berlin Artist in Residence
Submarine Studio Artist in Residence
2017, Cairo/ EGYPT
22.10.2021 - Insomnia Festival/ Tromso/NO
14.10.2021 - Berlin Atonal presents Metabolic Rift, Berlin/DE
07.10.2021 - Musikprotokoll, Graz/AU
25.09.2021 - Today's Art, The Hague/NL
23.08.2020 - Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin/DE
03.05.2019 - Donaufestival 2019, Krems/AU
13.04.2019 - Radialsystem, Berlin/DE
01.11. 2018 - DICE Festival, Berlin/DE
09.03.2018 - Salon IKSV, Istanbul/TR
16.12.2017 - Yukunkun, Beirut/LB
07.12.2017 - El Warsha, Cairo/EG
24.06.2017 - Forte Prenestino, Rome/IT
28.03.2017 - Ausland, Berlin/DE
25.06.2017- Kantine Am Berghain, Berlin/DE