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Steve Hauschildt - Emeralds man goes solo

This American solo artist brings humanity and warmth to his electronic experiments.

Ohio synth player Steve Hauschildt cut his chops performing with local trio Emeralds before going solo in the wake of his former band’s demise. Although he self-released extremely limited-edition CDRs and cassettes in the late 2000s, it wasn’t until the appearance of his first solo album proper – 2011’s Tragedy & Geometry – that his name began to filter out to a wider audience.

Building on Emeralds’ eclectic blend of classic electronic music, ambient and drone, Hauschildt’s solo work also finds itself out of time thanks to its decade-spanning mix of sound and colour that’s tricky to tie down.

“There are experimental leanings in my songs,” he explains, “but they’re still based on tonality, rhythm and things that people can latch onto. It kinda falls into a grey area. What drew me to electronic music initially, around the turn of the millennium, was Detroit techno – bands like Drexciya and Dopplereffekt. Before that it was things like Aphex Twin and Autechre – progenitors of what is considered Intelligent Dance Music. That was the gateway.”

Hauschildt’s latest offering, Where All Is Fled, exemplifies his freewheeling approach, although the result, however kaleidoscopic, always remains both concise and coherent.

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