Stefan Goldmann

“Live At Honen - In Temple”

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Release date: 06.05.2013 barcode:827170128729 tracklisting:1. Mining The Vein 2. Khat 3. Womb To Womb 4. State Of Siege 5. Lunatic Fringe / Markers Of The Black Lit Path 6. Co-Ax 7. Lazy Controller 8. Mourning Eyes 9. Ancien Regime 10. Katorga 11. XNR / Echoes Of An Era 12. Antisyntax 13. Turning Point - Parts I & II 14. Turning Point - Part III “Live At Honen-In Temple” is a document of a one-off site-specific performance in one of the most impressive settings a live electronic concert could possibly ever have. Featuring a wealth of new and unreleased material, Stefan Goldmann has custom-tailored a sound world as clearly detailed as the hidden gardens of Honen-In. Microtonal drifts, metallic grids and delicate turns merge into a gleaming monolithic pull. Embedded in the slopes of the Eastern hills of Kyoto, Japan, the Honen-In Temple marks the boundary between city and forest. By day, only its outer gardens are accessible. For this intimate concert, Honen-In opened its doors to a handful of listeners, exposing its intricate inner halls and gardens. Specifically selected and arranged for this night and site, Stefan Goldmann’s music goes through an hour of transformations. The side walls of the main hall removed, electronics unobstructedly merged into the surrounding acoustic environment, while daylight faded into the dark of night. This concert performance was part of the Villa Kamogawa artist residency by Stefan Goldmann in Kyoto, Japan.

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BPM Magazine (SA): “Stefan 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 impress your friends with some left-of-centre techno. Recommended. ”

Fact (UK): “ Live At Honen-In Temple was recorded at the titular holy site in Kyoto last year. The performance, arranged as part of Goldmann’s Villa Kamogawa residency in the city, took place in front of a tiny crowd while daylight faded into the dark of night. Goldmann’s set is a decidedly ambient affair, focusing on musique concréte, microtonal music and beatless soundscapes. The album promises a glut of previously unreleased material, alongside familiar friends like ‘Lunatic Fringe’. ”

Groove Mag (D): “ Durch die Dodekaeder-Boxen des japanischen Herstellers Sonihouse schickt er düstere verzerrte Klänge in die Nacht und inszeniert somit auf extreme Weise die Stille des Zen-Gartens. Das Konzert im Honen-In, besucht von begeisterten jungen Japanern, die der Musik barfuß auf Tatami-Matten sitzend folgen, stellte den Höhepunkt von Stefan Goldmanns dreimonatigem Japan-Aufenthalt dar. ”

Mixmag (UK): “ Berliner Stefan Goldmann is one artist from whom you should always expect the unexpected. (…) Parts of it are tough going, parts veritably euphoric, but if you give it your attention, it’s the transformation from the one to the other that makes it worth the effort. Strange, magical and brilliant. ”

Musikexpress (D): “ Alles wird zu einem großen Fluss. Es gibt Anklänge an die Pioniere der elektronischen Musik, Tracks zwischen Avantgarde und Atonalität, Minimalismus der als tiefgefrorenes Schaben aufs Maximale ausgereizt wird, lyrische Repetition. Techno Not Techno, aufgenommen während Goldmanns Künstlerresidenz an der Villa Kamogawa in Kyoto.”

Q Magazine (UK): “ “The one to buy!”-recommendation // This live album is characteristically out on a limb – it’s an hour of abstract ambient performed at the Buddhist temple near Kyoto, Japan, and sounds like intense meditations in sonic form. The music unfolds from sparse scrapings to voluptuous beauty, edginess to bliss, but doesn’t give up its secrets easily. Live At Honen-In requires real commitment, but is all the better for it. ”

Resident Advisor (UK): “Goldmann's output has certainly included plenty of house and techno-oriented material, but he's also shown a penchant for avant-garde experimentation, as heard on many of his prior LPs. It's perhaps unsurprising then, especially given the setting, that Live At Honen-In Temple sees him veer far from the dance floor to focus on abstract (and often beat-less) soundscapes. Heavy on unreleased material. ”

Textura (CDA): “ Goldmann’s material is as carefully tended as a Japanese garden, and the meticulous music he created for the performance makes for a natural complement to the setting, which is documented in photographs within a full-colour mini-booklet. Electronically assembled, the music, new and unreleased material (…) with Goldmann attempting to balance bold experimentation with austerity and reserve. This is an arresting addition to a wide-ranging body of work by an artist who’s never afraid to venture into new territory, confident that the adventurous listener will be as open to exploring it as the creator. ”

Wire (UK): “ Stefan Goldmann’s set strings together vignette after sonic vignette: short explorations that are shuttled as if in a slideshow, the one constant being the rate of turnover from one small chamber of intriguing sound to another. Here you can feel Goldmann prodding, poking and pulling sounds apart as if with his bare hands. ”

Zeit Online (D): “ Der beeindruckendste Ort, sagt Stefan Goldmann, an dem er je gespielt habe, ist der Honen-In-Tempel in Kyoto. Eine buddhistische Stätte, durchzogen von verwinkelten Gängen aus Papierwänden und geheimen Zen-Gärten. Bis auf wenige Tage im Jahr haben nur Mönche Zutritt. Kurz vor der Heimreise wurde Goldmann die Ehre zuteil, hier Musik machen zu dürfen, in einem Raum, der sich an zwei Seiten zum Garten hin öffnet. Die Gäste der Techno-Zeremonie blickten auf dahingleitende Koi-Fische, schnurgerade Bambusstämme und schlürften ihren Tee. ”

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