Techno has always been about imagining the future and feeling the excitement of change and discovery. If anyone has lived up to this aspiration in recent years, it is Stefan Goldmann. With every new release and project he has brought a new edge to the table, creating some extraordinarily memorable tracks along the way. The uninhibited dirt of “The Maze“, the edgy melodic craze of “Sleepy Hollow” or the free-floating choir samples dominating “Lunatic Fringe” have provided genre-shifting role models, followed by countless DJs and producers ever since.
Macro, the label Stefan Goldmann operates with Finn Johannsen has been called “the leading avant-garde techno label” by De:bug magazine. From this position, he has crossed over into art projects with an approach that remains essentially techno: investigating grid rhythm, sampling, vinyl culture or digitization down to their very cores. Commissioned works and one-off performances for festivals and institutions, ranging from large-scale installations at Berlin’s Radialsystem to intimate encounters at Kyoto’s iconic Honen-in Temple, have become as much part of his presentation as DJing in clubs or at Macro label nights in Berlin, London, Paris, New York or Tokyo alongside label mates such as Elektro Guzzi, KiNK or L’estasi Dell’oro.
A special relationship has developed between Stefan and Berlin’s Berghain club since his debut at Panorama Bar in 2006. He conceived the Elektroakustischer Salon nights, opening up the club to experimental formats, and writes a bi-monthly column for the club’s programme flyer. He is also the co-author of the club’s book, “Berghain 10“. A book of his own, “Presets” was published in 2015 and investigates automation and industry aesthetics in digital music production. While pushing the boundaries of art and science, this techno renaissance man still feels most comfortable between two decks, communicating with the crowd through the beats he creates and mixes.
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