— Stephan Mathieu, a musician

by Stephan Mathieu


Here’s where everything started to end. Exchanging my Pismo laptop for a brand new iBook, upgrading from OS9 to OSX in October 2002, the first thing I wanted to finish with my new machine was a long overdue rework for Kapotte Muziek. After an immediate crash, my computer came up with one of my favorite pieces of music, playing it all by itself upon restart by spitting out the contents of its buffer in a cascade of data. A Microsound Fairytale is an unedited MiniDisc recording of this event.

Vingt minutes de bonheur, ni plus ni moins!
Maxime Guitton in Chronicart


A Microsound Fairytale is available from Schwebung


About micro-typography and the hz-program

Hermann Zapf, 1918–2015

Hermann Zapf
June 4 2015

In May 2005 I went to an exhibition opening of works by Die Schachtel in my hometown Saarbrücken, my daughter Eva joined me and my then very little son Richard sat in a cloth tied around my chest. Everybody was busy chatting, everybody except for us and one man standing alone in the small courtyard outside. I approached him and we soon found ourselves talking about the pretty weather and the city. Since he was from Milan, I asked him whether he was familiar with the work of Walter Marchetti. It turned out this gentleman was Gabriele Bonomo, Marchetti’s close friend and publisher.

Before Gabriele left town again some days later, I gave him two records for Walter Marchetti, the On Paper compilation which has a piece I dedicated to him in 2002, as well as my album The Sad Mac. Some weeks later I received a typewritten letter by Marchetti, saying how grateful he was for the music and also how he enjoyed my ‘homegrown’ approach towards working with computers. We tried to set up a dinner whenever I was in Milan, unfortunately this never happened.

After all, it’s such a very small world,
I hope this finds you well, wherever you are.

Thanks for the outstanding beauty,


RADIOLAND (PANORÁMICA), a live recording by Caro Mikalef and Stephan Mathieu originally released to critical acclaim on Richard Chartier’s Line label in 2012 is now available for the first time as 24 Bit lossless download.

The remastered 24Bit Digital Edition comes with an 8-page PDF booklet, you can preview and purchase Radioland (Panorámica) at Schwebung Bandcamp

“The vibrating layers of Mathieu’s and Mikalef’s drones seem to detach themselves from each other, and as one tries to focus on their respective temporal modulations, it feels like moving through the fabric of time – a mesmerising experience.”

Pascal Savy for Fluid-Radio