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Born October 24, 1984 (Bay Village, USA)

New comer but highly skilled artist in the electronic-prog world. After one CDr entitled The Summit (Gneiss Things, 2007) Hauschildt published his first official CD Tragedy & Geometry (Kranky, 2011). The musical content offers a dense collection of tripped out and subliminal synthscapes, featuring intriguing experiments and delicately absorbing hypno-minimal patterns.

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2.00 | 2 ratings
The Summit
2007
3.02 | 6 ratings
Tragedy & Geometry
2011
3.04 | 5 ratings
Sequitur
2012
4.00 | 5 ratings
Where All Is Fled
2015
4.00 | 5 ratings
Strands
2016
4.36 | 23 ratings
Dissolvi
2018
4.25 | 22 ratings
Nonlin
2019

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 Nonlin by HAUSCHILDT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.25 | 22 ratings

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Nonlin
Steve Hauschildt Progressive Electronic

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars New to me as of this album, I am blown away by Steve's innovative and refreshing approach to a melodic multi-instrumental (and multi-dimensional) Berlin School-type of electronic music. Steve merges recognizable instruments with computer generated "noise music," arpeggiated sequences, and even ambient techno synth washes and rhythms.

1. "Cloudloss" (3:45) a strangely satisfying excursion into controlled chaos as layered beauty of ambient synth washes are paired up with a cacophony discordant and, at times, disturbing computer noise "music." Somehow it works. (9/10)

2. "Subtractive Skies" (6:46) hypnotic ambient techno weave of layers of synths and computer percussives, all with a steady and driving presence of a pulsing bass line--at least until the final two minutes when bass cuts out as synth flock seems to fly slowly and beautifully fly away like a thick flock of birds all flying in perfectly synchrony. (14/15)

3. "A Planet Left Behind" (3:36) pitch-warped and warbled keyboard play is soon joined and suppressed by deep bass and slow rise of muted synth washes, thus creating space for a delicate dance of synth strings. Beautifully "orchestrated." (9.5/10)

4. "Attractor B" (5:29) opens with slow pensive electric piano chords, by the third minute has become dominated by computer techno noise music. (9/10)

5. "The Nature Remaining" (2:34) echoing electric piano play over distant etheric synth washes. (4.25/5)

6. "Nonlin" (5:15) techno track and RADIOHEAD-like synth chord with busy and heavily treated bass synth performing the lead work. Interesting for the pops and glitches. (8.5/10)

7. "Reverse Culture Music" (6:09) opens sounding like a slow Gamelan song performed by Western orchestral strings under the guidance of Phillip Glass. By the second minute it has morphed into a more Western hypno-trance piece with Steve Reich and Pat Metheny's guidance. By the third minute it's feeling more like a SEQUENTIA LEGENDA song. Cool and sly flow of transformative shape-shifting. The cello use is genius! (9.5/10)

8. "The Spring In Chartreuse" (3:26) this is no spring from my experience! Maybe the opening of discordant backward notes is supposed to represent the chaos of late Winter weather, or perhaps the title is merely an afterthought, but the weave of reverse and forward arpeggi is weird and a bit unsettling. Still, nobody else that I know of is doing taking music in this direction. (8.5/10)

9. "American Spiral" (5:35) slow arpeggio of VANGELIS-like space synth notes opens this one--notes covering the entire breadth of the keyboard. At the one minute mark a blob of computer noise music in a kind of raw Kanye West "Faster, stronger" pattern enters while the space notes continue to arpeggiate slowly behind. The noise music gets quite gnarly, like the movement and noise of a creature from Ghostbusters. Weird, ending with a slow exit/escape of the alien usurper. (8.5/10)

Total time 42:35

4.5 stars. I vouch for this album as a masterpiece of progressive electronic music though it only qualifies as a near-masterpiece of progressive rock.

 Nonlin by HAUSCHILDT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.25 | 22 ratings

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Nonlin
Steve Hauschildt Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Well, how the hell Steve Hauschildt´s Nonlin (2019), can surpass his previous masterwork?

By not even glancing at it, nor becoming over indulgent, neither falling prey of his own previous work´s excellence as prog legends usually do automatically. Need names? Not the time nor the place.

A fresh new perspective of his own self acquired possibilities, without overworking the same roads , but having the fun and eagerness to feel free to sow new ones, I mean, this is an artist at work, nor a clown, neither your harlequin, if you are in come on and join the party, if not , well you have the right to do so . He is not here to repeat himself for the pleasure of your enjoyment, he obviously is not here for your money, artistry certainly has a price, usually paid by the artist himself.

No time to lose in ephemeral ratings or reviews, people will still praise whathever they want to, but to the ones who can even raise a pen to write 53 words.. and still have the ability to be overwhelmed by an original, way ahead of its time, yet as humanly close as independent Progressive Electronic music could turn out to be, this is another Steve Hauschildt´s real deal work.

If you need more written info to lose yourself in written words, well maybe someone else would write all the WORDS you need, but if you are in for the music , well my friend, you are in for a perfecly threaded embroidery of the few & complex simplifications of the the still unturned stones (no famous or infamous plagiiarists allowed repetitions), which makes contemporary Electronic music still such a thrill and silently the future of any contemporary prog band (any genre, time will tell (lol), time will tell).

In Prog world´s layman´s terms and in comparison (underlined) like the distance between , ( both masterworks), Close to the Edge & Relayer, also like the gap between Rubycon & Ricochet, genre wise speaking (also of course both masterworks) , even though , I do still prefer the first references due to their own music language idiosyncrasies and opposite resemblances , of course in Steve Hauschildt´s contemporary electronic music idiom & point of view, which of course is just a manner of explaining and has nothing to do with Yes.

***** "Another 5 star gem" . ENJOY , enjoy & enjoy...............................

PS: If, as told, you need more to read, well read more in his Bandcamp site, but if you have the urge to listen to hyper well written and evenly performed contemporarty PROG Electronic music, don´t miss.

 The Summit by HAUSCHILDT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.00 | 2 ratings

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The Summit
Steve Hauschildt Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Steve Hauschildt, former member of USA based Progressive Electronic/Electronic Krautrock trio: EMERALDS (listed in these archives under the Prog. Electronic tag), release- The Summit (2007)- could be summarized as a resume of his direct influences and possibilities as an independent electronic music composer.

Each of the nine tracks has its own personality, there is no musical nor conceptual tie among them, which enriches the listening experience with sonic diversity.

Music composition wise it relies on interesting and simplified structures combined with aleatory electronic noise experimentation. There are no pulse driven dynamics, Krautrock "Rock" nor New Age moods or strict Ambient music solutions, so let me call them Soundscapes/Dronescapes.

Yet there is still something naive about his composing intentions therefore his musical structures, but the same it helps to keep them away from false pretentions. If anything this release is honest to the bone.

**2 PA´s stars.

 Tragedy & Geometry by HAUSCHILDT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.02 | 6 ratings

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Tragedy & Geometry
Steve Hauschildt Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Steve Hauschildt´s Tragedy & Geometry (2011) makes quiet a statement for a musician who is looking for a personal way of expression, which of course still shows some close influences, nevertheless compensates with a honest approach, a good quantity of doses of his own evolving musical idiom and very creative, fresh and well crafted electronic music solutions to quiet well traveled roads.

This album had the luck to get two very well written and explanatory reviews before mine in these Prog archives which kind of helps to set its whats & whereabouts and reason of existence, which usually I really not account for my music appreciation nor rating, but agree with both reviewers on the fact that even if it is not flawless what is valuable is truly worth listening (I myself will keep it due to the same).

***3.5

P.S. Even if it all seems pretentiously conceptual, the songwriting is independent of its showcase thus quiet unpretentious and up front.

 Strands by HAUSCHILDT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2016
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Strands
Steve Hauschildt Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Strands (2016) exhibits Steve Hauschildt´s musical language take a giant leap towards a unique electronic music composer´s identity.

Having heard the Steve Hauschildt releases shown in these Prog. archives, until now, chronologically, ( less his 2018 Dissolvi which I heard first ), the maturity acquired in his music composition skills has grown exponentially. What once was a whole composition is now a section or detail of one, without losing his knack for simplification nor sacrificing melodic beauty, his idiom now displays a wider range of creative structures as it is richer, meticulously well crafted (as it usually is) and far more personal and emotional due to its detachment of foreign influences.

A very good example of how you do not have to rip-off TD´s, Schulze´s or Eno´s (nor Steve Reich´s by the way) musical language or pamper yourself behind conceptual explanations to update and continue the Berlin School´s teachings.

An 8 track release where all eight compositions offer up front refreshing, diverse, enticing and above all a personal approach to the 21st century´s electronic music evolution thus to the Progressive Electronic sub-genre as well.

****4.5 PA´s stars.

 Where All Is Fled by HAUSCHILDT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2015
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Where All Is Fled
Steve Hauschildt Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

4 stars A journey into Steve Hauschildt´s own electronic music universe that is what - Where All Is Fled (2015) - sounds like. A composer who has freed himself of borrowed luggage.

Exciting in diversity, rich in creativity, full of surprising details and overflowing with confidence this 14 tracks release delivers on each of its tracks a unique, emotional and intelligent contemporary Progressive Electronic trip without no kind of attachments to past glories but its possible future ones.

Sometimes the good things in life are so close that one ends up looking for them on the other side of the planet.

****4.5 PA´s stars. Do not miss.

 Dissolvi by HAUSCHILDT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.36 | 23 ratings

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Dissolvi
Steve Hauschildt Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

5 stars A new kind of frontier.

Frankly I really don´t want to talk about this guy´s dos and don'ts or his bio or whatever you can easily find in this site´s Progressive Electronic files. I had the luck of encountering Steve Hauschildt´s Dissolvi (2018) before any of his previous works. I liked the cover art and bought it just to find out that the DADAistic visual composition was a cover up for a very unDADAistic electronic music project, and boy! It was an unexpected surprise.

Dissolvi is an 8 track no cheap thrills, highly refined and perfectly threaded and even better composed non-classical contemporary electronic music Masterpiece.

A new kind of groove in these P.A.´s P.E. fields (of course he is not the first but this is just too good to go unnoticed) and by contemporary I mean up close encounters with ELECTRONICA to put it simply and scare away the purists.

Steve Hauschildt´s Dissolvi consists of solid/ethereal songs (some even with lyrics & vocals) no experimental bs, no unrequired Artsy pretentions but Artistic solutions to intelligent and emotional electronic music songwriting.

But let me insist this is a new kind of electronic playground and even better yet an original approach to P.E. in a unique and refined musical language, without no real connection to the electronic school´s of yore as his previous works are, which I later found out.

***** ENJOY!

 Sequitur by HAUSCHILDT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.04 | 5 ratings

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Sequitur
Steve Hauschildt Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Steve Hauschildt´s Sequitur (2012) takes a chance into a kind of mainstream course.

In this release, music wise, Steve Hauschildt is more into the catchy and friendly electronic riffs and compositions, although his experimental approach is still there it just acts as a secondary character. Of course there is nothing wrong with accesible music (or any kind of music by the way), if it touches you it is for you if it does not well it is not.

Sequitur has some real close encounters with the 80s Synth-Wave styling (drum boxes/deep bass included) in tune with the New Romantics kind of melancholic/tragic songwriting in some of its tracks, others have brushes with what TD, Klaus Schulze and J.M. Jarre or even Kraftwerk were sounding like in those same years.

Like a late retribution to other of his personal influences and likings yet even among these close calls one can still recognize what he also brings to the table.

Probably one of his more mainstream albums and hopefully a nice way to interest a broader audience into his otherwise more "complex" works.

***3 PA stars.

 Tragedy & Geometry by HAUSCHILDT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.02 | 6 ratings

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Tragedy & Geometry
Steve Hauschildt Progressive Electronic

Review by colorofmoney91
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Tragedy & Geometry is basically very active (usually mid-paced) ambient music that relies mostly on thin sounding cascades of notes held together by soaring synth melodies. When most people think of ambient, they may think of never-ending drones that sound ethereal or angelic, and while this album does have that ethereal sound, most of the tracks on this album have some energetic character that alludes to Berlin school style of electronic composition and newer experimental electronic artists, except the spacey atmosphere is traded for more serenity.

Although this album's music is initially very soothing and engaging, it starts to get very samey and uninteresting just before the half-way point. Only a few tracks stand out to me, and those are "Batteries May Drain" which features Haushildt's serene ambient combined with an uptempo drum track that makes this sound like the most sophisticated synth-pop, "Music for a Moire Pattern" which is primarily an epic showcasing of Hauschildt exploring the glassy cascades of synth patterns for 11 minutes and gets quite hypnotizing, "Overnight Venusian" which adds considerable darkness to the sound that's been established on all of the previous songs on this album (finally some mood change), and "The Impossible Flower" takes the same glassy synths and adds an effects that makes them sound as if they were submerged in water giving this single track a strong aquatic feel (very video game "water level"). Even with four standout tracks, most of the album still sounds entirely samey and, while pleasant, feels more like a chore to get through than an enjoyment.

Tragedy & Geometry is a very soothing album that is as relaxing as it is beautiful, but lack of variety throughout makes this album a bit too long-winded (especially at over an hour in length), but what we have here is proof that Steve Hauschildt, performing solo and away from his group Emeralds, has a lot of potential. This is a good album, but I'm confident that Hauschilt can do much better.

 Tragedy & Geometry by HAUSCHILDT, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.02 | 6 ratings

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Tragedy & Geometry
Steve Hauschildt Progressive Electronic

Review by Guldbamsen
Special Collaborator Retired Admin

3 stars Aquarium tales

If you wonder what music to put on, when nothing´s on the telly and you aren´t improving your oboe skills in the slightest -and just want some time to yourself happily spent watching the colourful flashes radiating from your neon fish shoals - then look no further. This outing feels like the perfect soundtrack for small rainbow coloured cichlids zipping about in geometric shape-shifting patterns inside the miniature sea world of your aquarium.

Steve Hauschildt is a new boy on the block - at least to me that is. He´s been a member of electronic artist Emeralds for several years, where he´s explored many facets to this bubbly genre. Noise, ambient, Berliner Schule and a bunch of other different approaches. From what I´ve heard in Emeralds music, this new album of his called Tragedy & Geometry sounds altogether different. Hauschildt draws his inspiration from many of the head honchos of the progressive electronic world. I hear some references coming from the early Klaus Schulze albums - although they are hiding pretty well beneath the somewhat modern surface this album exudes, but they are there. The track Peroxide is a perfect example of this, where the synths form into thick electrically charged storm clouds of sound slowly percolating these giant breadths of oscillating soundscapes. I´d wish the album had more of these dreamy oozing tracks, where everything just flows.

The main inspiration here however, is Manuel Göttsching, and it becomes remarkably clear just how much of an inspiration his genius chessboard album from 1981 is to Hauschildt. These micro-tonal hypnotic beats, moving in minuscule slightly shifting patterns - like big oceanic waves of mosaic sounds - are indeed what drives this album. It´s like watching images of spheres and blurry looking planets illuminated by stroboscopic lighting. When you listen to this album whilst looking at the laser infected cover, the music suddenly swarms around the room like a private Who concert(remember those laser green accompaniments they had back in the day?) with grandiose light show and all - only here with electronic music as your sonorous mistress. The longest track here called Music for a Moiré Pattern shows how elegantly Hauschildt weaves these micro-tonal eccentricities into one another, and as a result of this he succeeds in doing something that is terribly difficult. He makes it sound like he was the originator of this rather fluid electronic movement, -even if Göttsching commenced it with his Early Water recordings from back in 76.

This is a very smooth and delightful album, which, had it been released some 30 years ago and trimmed down a bit, - would have deserved a big 4 star rating from yours truly. As it is, perhaps too long and slightly meandering, I´ll keep the one star lying comfortably on the bottom of my trouser pocket. Still, I think some people around here, have forgotten how wonderful and captivating a 3 star record can be, and this is surely one of those. I love listening to this, and it keeps my concentration revitalized and blooming like no other remedy could hope to achieve- filling my head with bubbling images of these entrancingly swarming shoals of fish.

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