A quiet but celebrated stalwart of the scene, the American artist has cultivated one of the most distinguishable sounds in techno to date with his hypnotic fixations on sound and texture. Over the past eighteen years, he’s explored this distinct style with numerous releases on his own label Geophone. Parker’s recorded discography includes a long running series of 12” records and two full-length albums, the latest being ‘Lustrations’ on Prologue.
His approach to creation is uncompromising: a track is rehearsed many times, then recorded live on analogue gear without edits or overdubbing. This meticulous attention to creating something truly live gives his sound design its unique character. Mike Parker’s singularly powerful sound design has imprinted itself in our minds as the archetype of spatially evocative techno. Parker paints energetic movements through imaginary atmospheres, making audible the whirling dust around us, revealing the flickering shadows of forms in space, rather than simply the forms themselves.
In 2015, Parker opened 4DSOUND’s series of experimental techno performances Techno is Space at the Amsterdam club Warehouse Elementenstraat, with his first-ever live set since fifteen years. Using the Octatrack, TiS 0.9 controller designed by 4DSOUND for hybrid Live/ DJ spatial sound mixing, and integrating wearable tactile bass technology from SubPac, Parker explored his tracks for the first time in their unbounded spatial manifestation – moving sonic elements across vast distances; pulsing, reflecting and vibrating, before finally dissolving in the void.
'As Parker moves his fingers up on the screen, sound is transported from the floor to the ceiling. Audience with eyes closed are listening with full attention to the hypnotizing sounds that fill the space… above their heads and beneath their feet, rustling like the sea.'