In the 26-minute documentary, Baauer: Searching For Sound, viewers get an inside look at how Baauer transforms these found sounds from raw files to record. Joining him on the journey, and back in the studio in New York, is his friend and Red Bull Music Academy alumnus Nick Hook who is helping with production on the album.
Among their many discoveries while exploring Japan, Baauer and Nick visit Hokkaido and encounter some of the last remaining Ainu-an indigenous tribe of Japan. They learn about ancient Ainu traditions and music, and make recordings of native instruments like the Tonkori and the Mukkuri.
In the desert outside of Dubai, they are taken in by the Al Hebsi Tribe, introduced to a tribal chant called Al Nadba, and are allowed to play and record rare instruments including the Habbān – a goat skin bagpipe. After thousands of miles traveled and gigabytes of recordings collected, Baauer returns to the studio inspired, with a fresh collection of sounds, and a new direction for his debut album.
Collaborating with Grammy Award-winning producer Just Blaze, Jay-Z, Disclosure, The Prodigy and AlunaGeorge; and a dense tour schedule including a residency at LIGHT nightclub in Las Vegas have kept Baauer on an upward trajectory.
Baauer is not just in search for new EDM sounds, but new sounds that will inspire his new music and push him beyond the shadow of “Harlem Shake.” hit that made him.