ghost hemiola


2×12″ Single Sided Vinyl

Release Date: April 8th, 2013

Record 1 66 Loops At 133.3 BPM
Record 2 66 Loops At 135 BPM

Digitalization liberated content from its physical carrier. Now, “Ghost Hemiola” liberates the physical carrier from its content.

Ghost Hemiola is a double vinyl set of empty locked grooves that contains nothing but its very own surface noise – and physical structure. It is a sculptural revision of Stefan Goldmann’s earlier locked groove-based double vinyl The Grand Hemiola, but it also serves as a genuine hauntological vinyl surface noise tool kit, out on its own. Pulling a knife or other tool to its grooves allows for cutting your literally uniquely own beats directly into the record. A total of 132 empty grooves allows for as many individual patterns to be created (note that even any contact with the needle or the accumulation of dust change the surface noise of the groove). All loops together allow for thousands of layered combinations (4356 to be exact), which allow for further variations by changing rotation speeds with the continuous pitch controls of a set of turntables (face eternity here). Whatever had been masked by audio before is now made audible here.

Artwork – Viet Hoa Le
Cut by Rashad Becker
Written and produced by Stefan Goldmann

Musikexpress (DE): “The last word on the digital era, spoken by Stefan Goldmann. Ghost Hemiola (check the ghostly cover with the label’s logo that seems to be dissolving) “contains” 132 empty grooves on two LPs. The quite concrete music emerges when the needle touches the record and changes with time when dust and dirt alters its surface. But also – and Goldmann explicity encourages this – through mechanical manipulation of the vinyl. “Digitalization freed content from its carrier, now Ghost Hemiola frees the carrier from its content” – that’s what it says.” *****

Jungle World (DE): Das »Tool-Kit« – wie Stefan Goldmann »The Ghost Hemiola« selber nennt – besteht aus zwei 12″-Platten, in die jeweils 66 Leerrillen gepresst wurden. Simultan abgespielt, können die geschlossenen Rillen dabei so gemixt werden, dass sie einen Beat mit den rhythmischen Akzentverschiebungen einer Hemiole ergeben (…). Goldmann liefert damit eine konzeptionelle Zuspitzung seiner vorangegangenen Veröffentlichung »The Grand Hemiola«, auf der er elektroakustischen Stücken solche »Locked Grooves« zur Seite gestellt hatte. Auf »The Ghost Hemiola« sind nun also lediglich Rauschen, Knacken und Knistern den Loops eingeschrieben. Bei »The Ghost Hemiola« spielt sich die Komposition in der Leerrille ab, und Goldmann ermuntert dazu, selbst Geräusche in das Vinyl zu schneiden. Es ist wie bei Afrika Bambaataas »Looking for the Perfect Beat« – nur halt mit Messer in der Hand und auf der Suche nach dem Groove der Artefakte.

Buy at: 

Hard Wax (DE)
Decks (DE)
Juno (UK)
Amoeba (USA)
HMV (Japan)