<Techno> Stefan Goldmann is a serious cat and likes it that way. The press release to 17:50 quotes Miles Davis on pitch bending in one sentence “If you don’t add something to a note, it dies.” According to the holy grail of all techno phobes, Resident Advisor, “Goldmann’s productions don’t sound like they’re coming from the same universe as practically everything else on the shelves.” Whoever wrote that should expand their musical horizons! Nonetheless Goldmann’s compositions are textured, quirky and imaginative, albeit in a pretty serious, dour, chin-stroker kind of way. Not immediately easy listening, 17:50, his 2012 album, is certainly varied and some of it even danceable… but the trademark to Goldmann’s sound is sonic exploration that is off the tried-and-tested path of much of the minimal-tech stuff out there. Live at Honen-In Temple is a live recording of his one-off performance on the slopes of the Eastern hills of Kyoto, Japan and is a completely different beast to 17:50, further endorsing this avant-garde techno producer’s reputation for sonic dexterity. Significantly this live performance is devoid of a single kick drum and given the right mood and setting, proves to be absorbing listening. If you’re an electronic music trainspotter (and we sure have a few of those in these parts) impress your friends with some left-of-centre techno. Recommended.
Dave Mac co-founded and was the Editor-in-Chief of BPM Magazine for the 10 years it existed. With over 20 years experience in all aspects of the music biz, he continues the legacy online with the dynamic IDM Mag.