Hüma Utku


Hailing from Istanbul, the Berlin based electronic music composer and sound artist Hüma
Utku explores the possibilities of how sound textures and rhythm can be used to evoke a
sense of ancient within advanced electronic music. With an overall disregard for genres she
fuses field recordings, acoustic instruments, atmospheric ambience; into harmonious noise
and harsh ritualistic rhythms as means to utilize sound and music as tools for storytelling.
Combining her practice of music with her studies in psychology; Utku's works draw
inspiration from human condition, mysticism and folklore.

In August 2018 Şeb-i Yelda (EP/12'') was released by Karlrecords, which presented Utku (as
R.A.N.) with an evolved sound and strong theme to a wide audience. Following the
international success of her EP, she released her debut full-length album under her own
name Gnosis in July 2019 via the same label. This release gained Utku recognition for her
unique approach of creating sonic story plots by merging concepts with experiments in
electronic music.

Her sophomore album , The Psychologist is released on Editions Mego in May 2022. This
album has been cited as Utku's most ambitious, authentic and complex work yet in which her
background in psychology and her current practice as a conceptual music composer are

Since 2016, Utku has presented her work in festivals and institutions including Atonal Berlin,
CTM Festival, HKW, and Radialsystem in Berlin; Salon IKSV in Istanbul, Donaufestival and
Musikprotokoll in Austria, Sonic Acts and Today's Art in Netherlands, Lunchmeat Festival in
Czech Republic, Insomnia Festival in Norway and many others.

Her work has received notable press from platforms such as The Wire, Noisey, RollingStone,
Redbull Music, Groove Mag, Gonzo Circus, BantMag, Scene Noise among others, as well
as getting broadcasted by seminal radio station and platforms such as BBC Radio 3, ORF,
TRT, NTS radio, RAI 3, Resonance FM, YLE and Sveriges Radio. In 2021, Utku was selected as a SHAPE (Sound, Heterogeneous Art and Performance in
Europe) artist.