Experimental beatmaker Baauer has developed a signature style in the trap and bass genres by pulling sounds from across the internet and manipulating them via digital production programs. His catalog of original creations (including the viral sensation "Harlem Shake") and some highly impressive remixes (AlunaGeorge's "Attracting Flies") have captivated a global audience, and transformed Baauer into a trendsetter that seeks to push boundaries. Without a full-fledged project to his name, Baauer, with the help of Red Bull and trusted creative mentor Nick Hook, embarked on a mission to collect sounds from abstract regions of the world for his debut release, ß EP.
The creative process was documented from start to finish in the new film "Searching For Sound", with Baauer and Nick selecting the United Arab Emirates and Japan as prime destinations for finding untapped sounds. The documentary gives a brief look at how every culture conceptualizes drastically different approaches to music; from the instruments they all specialize in to the general structure of musical compositions. The indigenous people from both countries were willing to share their musical heritage, while Baauer took in each experience and recorded the sounds. In the film, we see Baauer and Nick capturing everything from foreign instrumentation to camel grunts.
It is clear that the journey changed Baauer's musical creative process, and the evidence of his newfound discoveries helped shape each track on ß EP. The single "One Touch" will have you hitting replay more then once with vocals from AlunaGeorge and emerging rap duo Rae Sremmurd. The second standout track on the release is "Floreana"; a melody-driven spacey journey chuck full of foreign samples. The EP is one of the best examples of how trap and bass music continues to progress into more than just party anthems, while still managing to go hard.
Searching For Sound Documentary (Full screen to watch below)