Steve Hauschildt

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Chicago-based contemporary electronic musician Steve Hauschildt has composed panoramas of synthesized sound for over a decade. First within his former band, Emeralds, an American touchstone of 2000s home-recorded psychedelic noise music, and later across a steady and critically-acclaimed stream of solo releases spanning ambient techno, arpeggiated electronica and post-kosmische styles utilizing synthesizers, computers, and digital processing.

In 2018, he extended a collection of rich, visceral tracks titled Dissolvi, his first release on Ghostly International and his most collaborative work to date. Just a year later, Hauschildt returns withvNonlin, an album that’s freer, leaner, and looser, both structurally and conceptually; less linear compared to its predecessor, but still captivating. Developed and recorded in several studios during and around the edges of tour — Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Tbilisi, and Brussels — this material emulates an alienating encounter with a smattering of places, a replicant of culture shock, a solitary and stark experience with uncanny environments, melody and dissonance as oblique locales.

Nonlin finds Hauschildt evolving his palette of tools, integrating modular and granular synthesis. The improvisatory and generative nature of modular systems, when paired with his signature grid-oriented and hand-played techniques, guides these compositions slightly out of line to hypnotic effect. Opener “Cloudloss” permeates the mix with an unsettling smog, which reappears and all but engulfs “A Planet Left Behind.” On cuts like “Attractor B” and “Subtractive Skies,” pockets of air rest between sequenced pulses, whose crumpling and flattening folds build into a restrained rapture of crisp frequencies and milky reverb-swallowed coruscations.

The album’s title track and centerpiece logs on to a foreign network, a fractured percussion signal that modulates and stutters into static amidst curious melodic sparkling in the hazy bandwidth. “Reverse Culture Music” casts an elegant and brooding stream of strings, pizzicato and churning bow from Chicago cellist Lia Kohl, against chiming minimalist synth frameworks. A surprising pattern emerges in the taciturn systems at work. Hauschildt continues to expand his
already horizon-wide repertoire, here exploring the effects of corrupting coordinates; a flight subject to the collapsable abilities of time in remote spaces, a smearing of the axis to elegiac ends


2019 – Nonlin [GHOSTLY]
2018 – Dissolvi [GHOSTLY]
2016 – Strands [KRANKY]
2015 – Where All Is Fled [KRANKY]
2014 – Air Texture Vol. IV [AIR TEXTURE]
2012 – Sequitur [KRANKY]
2011 – Tragedy & Geometry [KRANKY]


‘Dissolvi’ – Bandcamp’s Album Of The Day
Resident Advisor News on ‘Dissolvi’
Pitchfork premiers “Saccade” ft. Julianna Barwick
“Strands” #7 Album of 2016 via Fact Mag
“Strands” #16 Experimental Album of 2016 via Thump
“Strands” #27 Album of 2016 via Boomkat 2016
“Strands” #30 Album of 2016 via That Special Record
Best Ambient Music of 2016 via Drowned in Sound
“Strands” in Top 10 Album Covers of 2016 via Fact Mag
Pitchfork + Philip Sherburne Rate “Strands” LP 7.6
New York Observer Interview
Boomkat Highly Recommends “Strands”
THUMP Interview + Guest Mix
Fact Mag Praises “Strands” LP
RA Rates “Strands” LP 4.1/5
RA Feature Delves Into the Inspirations Behind “Strands”
Interview With Smart Moves For The Stiff Mind for WNYU Radio
Igloo Magazine Reviews “Strands”
Truants Interview + Mix
Line of Best Fit Review “Strands” 8.5/10
Self-Titled Mag Premieres “Ketracel” Off “Strands” LP
Resident Advisor Previews “Strand” LP
Where All Is Fled Named One of SPIN’s Top Avant Albums 2015
Steve Hauschildt Interview for AdHoc
The Creators Project Premieres “Anesthesia” Video
Steve Hauschildt Guest Mix for The 405
Steve Hauschildt Interview for The Seventh Hex