Luke Sanger – Languid Gongue (Balmat)

Releases August 13th 2021

Balmat’s first release comes from Luke Sanger, a Norwich, UK-based artist whose two decades of electronic music-making have encompassed a range of tools and techniques, from MaxMSP to modular synthesis. Along the way he has built an extensive catalog encompassing ambient atmospheres, abstract soundscaping, and more. With Languid Gongue, he puts multiple approaches into play. Experiments in microtonal composition balance out pieces in standard tunings, while esoteric electronic machines merge with familiar acoustic treatments and microphone techniques. 

The result is a constellation of his signature sounds: freeform new-age fantasia; spring-loaded toytronic arpeggios; quartz-driven braindance clockworks. Drifting between consonant, almost lyrical compositions and shape-shifting textural sketches, the album drifts with the nonchalance of a sky-high cirrus cloud, and it glows as if illuminated from within. When we heard the material, we knew that it was the perfect choice to launch the label. To us, it sounds like a roadmap for points unknown.

Pre-orders now via Balmat

About

With nearly two decades involved with music and technology, Sanger relentlessly re-invents the audio world surrounding him. Graduating from BathSpa University with a degree in creative music technology during the embryonic times of MaxMSP and the mass migration to computers for digital signal processing, he has since absorbed the subsequent advances in sound technology. Currently immersing himself in the second wave of modular synthesis and even coding his own applications.

Although his formative releases could be loosely identified as ‘techno’, in reality Sanger’s overall musical output spans the entire gamut. From elektronische and musique concrète inspired sound research, to live experimental techno (a scene he’s been involved in around Europe for many years). 

In recent times, his productions have found their way into video games for companies like Ubisoft, major TV productions and film scores. He continues to perform worldwide (until the pandemic hit at least), from live synth improvisations in art galleries and churches, to playing Europes underground techno clubs, notably having multiple appearances at Berghain/PanoramaBar, Berlin.

‘Grow Up’ – Main Theme by Luke Sanger.

© Ubisoft Reflections

Discog

Luke Sanger (2017 – 2020)

Duke Slammer (2011 – 2019)

Luke’s Anger (2004 – 2021)

Bebop & Rocksteady (collab with Ben Pest) (2013)

Remixes and Appearances (2006 – Present)