The Grand Hemiola

by Stefan Goldmann

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    2x 12" Double Vinyl Album incl. 144 locked grooves

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Megi's Waltz 08:10
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Stefan Goldmann’s “The Grand Hemiola” represents one of the few technical innovations in the vinyl format in the last few decades. 144 locked grooves build a toolkit that breaks out of the limitation of one 4/4 cycle and brings unique possiblities to create complex polyrhythms just with two decks and a mixer. Stefan Goldmann’s first double vinyl release is a take on the infinite possibilities of rhythmic layering. Percussion-heavy, focussed on clashing metres, deeply exploring the sound set. From the orchestral “Grand Hemiola”, to the triplet-feel of “Megi’s Waltz”, from the 11/8 pattern of “Double Hendecagon” to the anti-loops of “Away From The Flock”: A unique, non-conformist album of haunted acoustics, haptic percussion and deep rhythmic expression.

The invention comes on two sides of the vinyl set: “The Grand Hemiola” loop toolkit overcomes the time restriction of locked grooves: one record contains loops in 4/4, the other in 3/4 (employing the time differences of the rotation rates 33 and 45 rpm). In the mix, they sum up to an extended cycle of 3x 4/4 or 4x 3/4 and enable building complex “3 over 4” polyrhythms (“Hemiolas”). You can mix loop into loop for hours without ever getting trapped. More than an album, this is a Note: pitch down side D to approx. -1,5 to match the loops’ bpm rate on sides B & D.

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released March 28, 2011

Written & produced by Stefan Goldmann
Artwork – Viet Hoa Le
Mastered by Rashad Becker

The Grand Hemiola is derived from a ballet by Stefan Goldmann commissioned by Nationaltheater Mannheim and the Kevin O'Day company for Jetztmusikfestival 2010.

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Founded in 2007 by Stefan Goldmann and Finn Johannsen.

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