With no more than a handful of heady, memorable releases, self taught producer Gunnar Haslam has turned an impressive cross section of techno heads. The understated New Yorker backed out of a promising future in particle physics to devise a panoramic potion of inspired hardware and sample sounds – used conjointly, it all makes for mesmerizing, gritty, cliché free compositions. His steady stream of dark, thoughtful and synth heavy output for esteemed imprints such as L.I.E.S., Argot, Mister Saturday Night and Delsin have indubitably confirmed that his dizzyingly original, off kilter point of view is academia’s loss and techno’s gain. His DJ sets similarly tread a fine line between manic, pummelling textures and tenderly tickling ambiance. In less than two years, Haslam has established himself as an exciting contender among the new, more experimentation prone house and techno guard – and one whose cerebral inclinations are out in the open. Subtle references to literary giants Borgés, Nabokov and Plato hint at all kinds of wildly intellectual undercurrents running through Haslam’s four-to-the-floor damage. As he continues to sharpen his shadowy sonic aesthetic, MUTEK is happy to welcome Haslam to the contemporary art museum for his live world premiere.