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Stefan Goldmann
Presets – Digital Shortcuts To Sound
The Bookworm
Release Date
October 11, 2019

220-page paperback book, 110mm x 171mm. Copy editor: Gerard Forde. Thanks to Sandra Jasper and Finn Johannsen. Printed on Olin Smooth Absolute White and Plike Black. Typeset in Antwerp by Allon Kaye using Aldine 401, Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk and Miso.

Stefan Goldmann is an electronic music artist and DJ. Changing techno from within, Goldmann has developed his own approach to creating adventurous electronic music. His works range from poll-winning techno tracks to large scale compositions for ensembles, film and ballet, yet ultimately all are derived from the core formal traits of techno: grid, loop, sample, edit, track. Together with Finn Johannsen he runs the Macro label. He has been DJing at Berlin's Berghain since 2006, conceived the Elektroakustischer Salon events and writes a column for the club's monthly flyer programme.

For his first book, "Presets – Digital Shortcuts to Sound", Stefan Goldmann has talked to industry leaders, programmers, producers, musicians and fine artists to collect a comprehensive description of the world of preset audio: from synthesis to sample libraries, from instrument emulations and gear cloning to automated composition and performance – short cuts in electronic music, classical and traditional musics, guitar rock and fine arts are covered. Disruptive gear and iconic presets, their background and impact – from Korg's M1, Yamaha's DX7 and Roland's 909 to Ableton Live, Native Instruments Reaktor, Sidechain compression and Auto-Tune – are discussed with unprecedented depth and clarity.

Featuring interviews with:

Robert Henke a.k.a. Monolake – musician, lecturer and co-founder Ableton, Berlin

Mike Daliot – former senior audio developer Native Instruments and lecturer at Universität der Künste, Berlin

Michael Wagener – multi-platinum music producer and engineer, Nashville

Cory Arcangel – fine artist, New York

Dinis Schemann – pianist, Munich

Members of the Korg M1 product development team: Tomoko Itoh and Junichi Ikeuchi, Inagi

Tony Stevanovski – arranger, Sofia

Dimitar Kotev – musician, Sandanski

  • introductory essay and glossary by Stefan Goldmann.

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