Hamburg native Helena Hauff made her name as a DJ, spinning acid house, EBM/industrial, and electro at the Golden Pudel Club, where she hosted a night called Birds and Other Instruments.
Her own productions draw from these influences, creating stripped-down techno and electro strictly recorded using analog equipment, usually in one take. She made her vinyl debut in 2013 with the release of the Actio Reactio EP on Actress' Werkdiscs label.
During the same year, Black Sites (Hauff's duo with fellow Golden Pudel DJ F#x) released their debut EP Prototype on Bill Kouligas' Panlabel. Additionally, Hauff joined James Dean Brown's revamped Hypnobeat project, which had been producing improvised analog techno/industrial since 1983. Hauff released several more 12"sin 2014: Shatter Cone on Lux Rec, Return to Disorder on Panzerkreuz Records, a split EP with Andreas Gehm on Solar One, and two more Black Sites records. During the same year, she also remixed tracks by DFA-signed group Factory Floor and Italian EBM pioneers Pankow.
In early 2015, Texan label Hand Made Birds released a collection (fittingly titled A Tape) of Hauff's early cassette-recorded experiments. Werkdiscs also released Lex Tertia, another EP in the same vein as Actio Reactio. Later that year, the label released Hauff's proper debut album, Discreet Desires, which marked a shift toward more melodic electro, but still retained the grittiness of her initial releases.
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