Creating densely textured works that can range from stark
minimalism to violent, carefully directed chaos, Haptic combines
a rigorous attention to sonic detail with restless experimentalism.
Formed in Chicago in the spring of 2005 by Steven Hess (Locrian,
Pan American, Innode, Dropp Ensemble), Joseph Clayton Mills
(Jonathan Chen, Dropp Ensemble), and Adam Sonderberg
(Dropp Ensemble, Civil War), Haptic was initially conceived
as a vehicle for live collaboration. To that end, the group has
frequently incorporated a different, rotating fourth member,
deliberately chosen to send the music in unpredictable and
challenging directions. Such collaborators have ranged from
Tony Buck (The Necks) and Olivia Block to Mark Solotroff
  Individual members of the group have recorded for a multitude
of labels including Kranky, Crouton, Editions Mego, Longbox
Recordings, Relapse Records, Utech, Cathnor, Tonschacht,
Absurd, Thrill Jockey, and BOXmedia among others.

See also Triptych and Mixes


Excess of Vision cassette
Notice Recordings, 2015
Abeyance CD (E168)
Entr’acte, 2013
The Patient CD/book (E167)
Joseph Clayton Mills

Entr’acte, 2013
Ay cassette (E131)
Joseph Clayton Mills and Michael Vallera
Entr’acte, 2012

Scilens CD (E127)
Entr’acte, 2011
American Hours with German Efficiency
cassette (E116)

Adam Sonderberg solo
Entr’acte, 2011
Leaving my shadow still to be with you
cassette (E105)

Joseph Clayton Mills solo
Entr’acte, 2010
Zyxt book (EP3)
Joseph Clayton Mills
Entr’acte, 2010/2012
Correspondence MP3
Web exclusive
The Wire, 2010
System Failure cassette (E88)
Steven Hess solo
Entr’acte, 2010
‘Occupation Floor’ WAV
They Don’t Know Unless You Tell Them
Flingco Sound System, 2009
Trebuchet CD (E75)
Entr’acte, 2009
The Medium 12"/MP3
Flingco Sound System, 2009
Repetition cassette
Bloodlust!, 2009
Velocimane/Çukurova 10" (E60)
Split with Cristal
Entr’acte, 2008
Repetition MP3 EP
Crouton, 2008
Correction 7" (E47/A67)
Entr’acte/Absurd, 2007
1V2E/Danjon Scale 12" (E37)
Split with Mouths
Entr’acte, 2006
‘Indifference —> Building On Fire’
Two Million Tongues Festival CD
Bastet, 2005

Left to right: Hess, Sonderberg, Mills