Stefan Goldmann's debut album. It featuring two cds, the first of which encompasses ten tracks of techno, including Sleepy Hollow, The Bribe, Lunatic Fringe and Radiant Grace (all of which also appear on vinyl eps). The second cd holds the separate electroacoustic album 'Voices of the dead'.
MIXMAG (UK) "Stefan Goldmann's releases on Classic, Perlon and Music For Freaks prefigured today's minimal, and he hasn't lost his questing, psychedelic edge. The first CD here of dance tracks is the perfect antidote to polite, going-nowhere "production-line minimal", but its truly barking mad sounds aren't just there for their own sake, but have intense musicality. Only Villalobos approaches this level of weirdness while retaining such danceability. But CD2 (also available as a box of 7" singles, vinyl nerds!) is where he really cuts loose, on some of the most certifiably, disturbingly, brilliantly wrong ambient excursions we've heard in an age. Dance music needs mad genius like this."
PITCHFORK (USA) "Few producers have a career that looks quite like that of Stefan Goldmann, who got his start recording lush, decentered house music for Classic before spreading his strange, proto-post-minimal seed across labels as diverse as Ovum and Innervisions - not to mention having put out one of the best singles in Perlon's entire catalog. Appropriately, no one else has a sound quite like his either. All the tracks on the first disc of The Transitory State already appeared as singles - mostly on Goldmann's Macro label. It's a joy to have them collected in one place, if for no other reason than that these tracks deserve to find more listeners, including the kinds who don't buy vinyl or even, necessarily, go clubbing. Goldmann's vision of house music doesn't deny the hunger for motion: his rhythms, banged out on well-tuned drum machines - no glitches, no funny stuff here - bump and swing with panache. But he's equally skilled in the realms of melody, harmony and timbre. Where so much current house seems content to splash a drum track with an augmented chord or two and call it "deep," Goldmann works his tracks around more unusual sounds and riffs, whether it's the Dopplering trombone of 'Lunatic Fringe', the electric bass and violin counterpoints of 'Radiant Grace', or the creepy circus organs of 'Aurora' and 'Sleepy Hollow'. Disc Two, meanwhile, is a totally different beast: an hour of droning synthesizer experiments and muffled musique concrete that wouldn't know a drum beat if it hit them over the head, offering a pure and heady listening experience." (Philip Sherburne)
Update Magazine (UK) "Berlin’s Stefan Goldmann first made his name with sublime outings like “True” on Derrick Carter’s much missed Classic label. He’s since started his own Macro label which has lined up this set consisting of his much-awaited debut album The Transitory State plus his electroacoustic concept project Voices Of The Dead, which will also come in a 5x7” boxed set. The album features work from the last three years, released on Innervision, Perlon and Macro. The overall effect is heavenly, working a gentle compulsive magic with tracks like ‘Lunatic Fringe’ and its floating choir, spaced ‘Prefecture’ and ghostly ‘Phraselab’. ‘The Bribe’ rings with classical resonance but ‘Blood’ shows he can get more upfront. The second CD tries to explain his unique sound by referencing a wide variety of past musical sources, kicking off with freeform avant-electronica. Richie Hawtin has already used ‘Turret’ as the intro to his DE9 Transitions mix compilation. All told, a fantastic debut with a secret and a difference. *****" (Kris Needs)
released September 15, 2008
Written & produced by Stefan Goldmann
Mastered by Rashad Becker
Artwork – Viet Hoa Le