Nicolas Bougaieff

About Nicolas Bougaieff

Berlin-based French-Canadian producer and DJ Nicolas Bougaïeff combines a lifelong love of dance music with a background in electro-acoustic and contemporary classical music, creating intricately designed, sci-fi-influenced techno. Mind-twisting releases such as his 2020 NovaMute full-length The Upward Spiral shape abrasive industrial textures and commanding beats into complex, high-velocity rhythmic patterns.
Bougaïeff grew up in a small town in Quebec, embracing the rave scene during the 1990s. He started releasing music through early netlabels, and gave his first live performance at a rave in 1999, using bulky desktop PCs. He then focused on experimental and electro-acoustic music, earning a degree in composition from the Montreal Music Conservatory, in addition to creating music and sound design for video games. He moved to Berlin in 2008, where he co-founded music production software company Liine with Richie Hawtin, John Acquaviva, and others. He helped design the performance software for Hawtin's 2010-2011 tour as Plastikman, and he completed a doctorate on minimal techno at London's University of Huddersfield in 2013. Movements, a vibrant collaboration with Max Cooper, was released by Traum Schallplatten that year, and Bougaïeff issued a trio of minimal EPs on Trapez.
In 2017, his EP Cognitive Resonance was released by Mute's reactivated techno sublabel NovaMute, and its tracks appeared on the digital full-length Principles of Newspeak. He continued his productive output with 2018 releases such as the EP Dust (on Cooper's Mesh imprint), NovaMute EP Permutation Djinn, and digital albums Les Sauvageries and 24 Miniatures. Two more EPs, On the Grid (NovaMute) and Projections (with Marcus C. Maichel), appeared in 2019. Bougaïeff and Mute founder Daniel Miller collaborated as Populist on a 2020 EP issued by The Temple & the Low Dive. The Upward Spiral, Bougaïeff's first full-length for Mute, appeared in July of the same year. ~ Paul Simpson


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