Social Insects are the bass clarinet player Hans Koch and the electronic musician Gaudenz Badrutt. They have collaborated on various musical projects for years and in 2011 founded the duo.


Hans Koch is mainly known as a member of the Hardcore Chambermusic Trio Koch-Sch├╝tz-Studer, but also as a soloist as well as for his collaborations with Phil Minton, Fred Frith, Paul Lovens etc. As a bass clarinet player he has developed a very personal style.

The electronic musician Gaudenz Badrutt is mainly known as one half of the electroacoustic duo Strom (together with Christian Mueller, electronics), as well as part of the duo Jonas Kocher (accordion) - Gaudenz Badrutt. His music is coined by a very instrumental use of computer/live sampling and electronic devices.

The music of the duo Hans Koch-Gaudenz Badrutt stems from sparse musical material; creating pieces that live on lightness, density, fragility and humor. Concerts as duo in Europe and Japan.