Techno has always been about imagining the future and feeling the excitement of change and discovery. This aspiration has been guiding Stefan Goldmann in his continuous investigation of the hidden possibilities of the genre. With each 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 melodic craze of “Sleepy Hollow” or the free-floating choir samples dominating “Lunatic Fringe” have provided genre-shifting role models for countless DJs and producers.
Macro, the label Stefan Goldmann operates with Finn Johannsen, has been called “the leading avant-garde techno label.” From this position he has crossed over into art projects with an approach that remains essentially techno: investigating grids, loops, sampling, vinyl culture or digitization down to their very cores. Commissioned works for festivals and institutions, ranging from large-scale installations at Berlin’s Radialsystem to intimate encounters at Kyoto’s Honen-in Temple, have become as much part of his work as DJing in clubs or at Macro nights in Berlin, London, Paris, New York or Tokyo alongside label mates such as Elektro Guzzi, KiNK or Peter Kruder.
For Berlin’s Berghain club he conceived the Elektroakustischer Salon nights, which opened up the club to experimental formats, and writes a column for the club’s program flyer. He is also a co-author of the Berghain book. His own book “Presets” was published in 2015 and investigates automation and industry aesthetics in music production. While playing around with the boundaries of music and science, this techno renaissance man still feels most comfortable between two decks, communicating with the crowd through the beats he creates and mixes.
Residency at Villa Aurora in Los Angeles 2017
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