Stefan Goldmann - Vector Rituals [Macro - 2022]
The title of Stefan Goldmann’s latest release, Vector Rituals, discloses exactly what is at stake in his unique sonic architecture: a ritualistic engagement with the finest details of tone, noise, and rhythm.
Each of the seven tracks is named for an area in the furthest easterly regions of Russia, localities that belong to autonomous, self-governing administrative districts. This geopolitical reference to autonomy is the perfect metaphor for Goldmann’s method – concrete, self-generating, and porous – like a stroll along a stretch of frozen tundra with the occasional slips and skips. Goldmann is a prolific DJ, artist, and label director, who has established himself as a staple in the Berlin experimental electronic music scene, spanning multiple genres and performing in venues from the mecca of club culture, Berghain, to the Philharmonic.
What is so striking about Vector Rituals is the way in which Goldmann hunts the signal back to its most fundamental structure, generating waveforms that ride the tide between tonal and atonal flutters. Rhythmic ragas take centre stage in “Tiksi,” while tracks like “Yukagir” abandon the beat, riding instead of a long swell of bells and background interference that fades in a hallucinogenic push-pull between presence and absence.
Goldmann is in many ways a beat scientist, one who concentrates on the possibilities of signal production and interference at the most primal level – a ritual if ever there was one! There is really something for all tastes in Vector Rituals, from club-goes to autonomous Marxists, who will appreciate the distillation of individual source material in a fully transparent manner. Very highly recommended!. To find out more drop by hereColin Lang