'I’m neither afraid of showing my emotions nor to include them in my music'
Few people bring a truly original sound to house music. When it comes to longevity and leaving an indelible mark on the genre and the wider musical sphere, Hamburg’s Martin Stimming did just that from a relatively young age. “I want people to see me as an evolving artist, where you never know what exactly you get.”
Martin Stimming’s musical education and profound understanding of music theory developed early. By the age of 10 he was highly accomplished on the violin, piano and drums. His collaboration with the Hamburg-based label DIYnamic Music began in 2007, and after releasing several singles and EP’s, Stimming’s debut album ‘Reflections’ came out in 2009, followed by the intriguing ‘Liquorice’. His productions are filled with a multitude of his own unique, charismatic field recordings and rhythmic bricks, demonstrating a sophisticated yet accessible sound, rich in detail.
During the past one-and-half years, Stimming has built-up quite a history with 4DSOUND. In November 2013, Stimming’s orchestral piece ‘November Morning’ was premiered on the 4DSOUND system, and performed live by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, as part of the Blown Away Festival. In 2014, Stimming was Artist-in-Residence at the 4DSOUND Studio, and developed an analogue-based, improvisational set with entirely original sound material. Ableton captured Stimming and 4DSOUND in action in this video.
Then, Stimming was featured in 4DSOUND’s line-up during the ADE Sound Academy, where he performed his show with a new custom-built hardware controller – designed to move his sounds in space, with his hands.
Stimming’s continuously evolving 4DSOUND show is entirely instrument-based, including the charismatic presence of the Moog Synth, Micro-Brute, OP-1, Nord Lead 02, and an upright Piano. He controls the sounds coming from his analog synthesizers and drum machines moving in space. All live and completely intuitive – moving the audiences mind and feet.
For Stimming, exploring his music in 4DSOUND has been a road down to the roots of playing music, bringing electronic music performance back to being an entirely physical act in the here and now.
'It's early days for this technology and I still don’t know how far I can go, especially because I have decided to play everything live. There is hardly any themes and grooves that are preprogrammed on my machines, the magic happens in the moment itself. Ironically, its the most simple sounds that work best, the complexity is largely the result of the spatial dimension that the system adds.'