220pp paperback book, 110mm x 171mm. Fourth edition: industrially-sized, with a white-on-black cover (editions one and two with the lary fluorescent green cover are now sold out.)
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 & 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 & co-founder Ableton, Berlin
former senior audio developer Native Instruments & lecturer at Universität der Künste, Berlin
multi-platinum music producer & engineer, Nashville
fine artist, New York
Members of the Korg M1 product development team:
Tomoko Itoh & Junichi Ikeuchi, Inagi
+ introductory essay and glossary by Stefan Goldmann.
Stefan Goldmann is an electronic music artist and DJ. Together with Finn Johannsen he runs the Macro label, whose artists include Elektro Guzzi, KiNK and Peter Kruder. He also writes a column for the flyer program of Berlin's Berghain club and is a co-author of its upcoming book, “Berghain 10”. In 2014 he released “Industry”, an album based exclusively on presets.
released September 24, 2019
Produced between 13.vi.2014 and 1.iv.2015 in London and Berlin by The Tapeworm.
Copy editor: Gerard Forde. Thanks to Sandra Jasper and Finn Johannsen. Typeset in Antwerp by Allon Kaye using Aldine 401, Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk and Miso.
Cover illustration by Michael Kummermehr, pixelated by SG.
The Bookworm – TBW#02