Nicolas Bougaïeff is a music producer and music software designer.
Between developing new music technology projects and speaking at music conferences, Nicolas produces electronic music inspired by clean, audible processes referencing the classical minimalism of Reich and Glass. Harmony and melody are often at the forefront of his productions which draw elements from minimal, progressive and space music. Nicolas recently collaborated with Max Cooper on Traum Schallplatten, and has several upcoming solo EPs scheduled on Trapez.
Designing software used by some of the world's most renowned artists, such as Plastikman, Orbital, Björk and Nine Inch Nails, is not what most people would consider a normal day job. Shortly after moving from Montreal to Berlin in 2008, Nicolas started building his new live performance setup with a JazzMutant Lemur. These experiments would soon lead to building controllers for the Plastikman Live 2010 tour, as well as co-founding Liine with partners including John Acquaviva and Richie Hawtin.
Bougaïeff's musical journey is marked by a distinct passion for learning. He completed an electroacoustic composition degree at the Montreal Music Conservatory in 2006. Fast forward to 2013 and Nicolas completed a PhD thesis on the production, performance and political economy of minimal techno. Taking Liine and Plastikman as a case study, this work boasts several firsts, including a complete score in traditional music notation of a live minimal techno track, Plastikman's Plasticine.
Nicolas lives and works in Berlin.