Stefan Goldmann presents 17:50
“If you don’t add something to a note, it dies”
A world out of tune. De-tuning notes has been central to house and techno since the early days in Chicago. “17:50” is where this bitter-sweet sound turns systematic: the whole Western harmonic standard is thrown overboard and replaced by pitch systems that yield beautifully alien yet incredibly catchy melodies, bass lines and chords. It is probably the first new melodic concept to enter house music since the days of acid.
In a field of music whose innovations seemed to have come to an end, pitch bending opens up radically fresh possibilities. Tones never stand still but are bent for a maximum of expression. “17:50” moves through real-world micro-tonal systems without ever sampling any “ethnic” sources.
These tunings have been tried and tested for centuries from Sofia to Bandung and that’s why they rock a party even with the “silliest” hooks (something “academic” Western avant-garde tunings never did). As an approach to sampling the album’s innovation lies in extracting just one single parameter: pitch information. No fat, just bones. This method of dance floor abstraction appealed pretty much to Stefan’s mixed Bulgarian and German identity, having grown up on tones that sound a little wack to Western ears.
All sound design has been built independently from scratch on hardware (both, analog and digital) with an array of warm synths, analog drum machines and loads of dirty distortion. “17:50” is as much about pitch going crazy as about unleashing a rough, vivid hardware sound. Bend the pitch and the mind will follow.
2. Carrion Crow
3. Rigid Chain
4. The Outness Queens
5. Manila Grind
7. Dead Cat Bounce
8. Empty Suit
9. Kampong Pressure
Cat. no & format: Macro M30 CD / 2×12″ / DDL
Release date: September 24th, 2012
videos taken from the album 17:50. directed by peter vulchev.