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Stefan Goldmann publishing book on presets

Producer and label head writes on the history and use of musical presets for Tapeworm

Stefan Goldmann has written a book on the history and use of musical presets. Presets – Digital Shortcuts To Sound sees the DJ and composer interviewing musicians, developers, producers and artists including Robert Henke, Cory Arcangel, Mike Daliot of Native Instruments and Junichi Ikeuchi and Tomoko Itoh, developers of the Korg M1 (whose ‘unrealistic’ piano sound became a staple of house music). In the book’s introduction Goldmann celebrates the potential of preset sounds, remarking that “culture hardly ever plays technology by the operation manual for long.”

Presets – Digital Shortcuts To Sound is published by The Bookworm, the occasional publishing operation of cassette label The Tapeworm. It is published on 18 May and can be ordered here.