Stephan Mathieu, born October 11.1967, is a musician based in Bonn, Germany
I’m a self taught composer and performer of my own music, working in the fields of electroacoustics and abstract digitala. My sound is largely based on early instruments, environmental sound and obsolete media, which are recorded and transformed by means of experimental microphony, re-editing techniques and software processes involving spectral analysis and convolution; it has been compared to the landscape paintings of Caspar David Friedrich, the work of Colorfield artists Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Ellsworth Kelly.
During the last decade my music has been released on 35 vinyl records and CDs. Apart from refining my solo work, I currently collaborate with Tashi Wada, Akira Rabelais and Kassel Jaeger, Robert Hampson/MAIN and Hans-Joachim Roedelius in live and studio projects.
Since 1992 I performed live in solo shows and on festivals all over Europe, Scandinavia, North and South America and created various audio installations for galleries and museums, a glass-blowing factory, a 17th century garden, Berlin Mitte, a 19th century steel plant, parks, an arrangement of 30 Peugeots, a late antique throne hall and several other unique sites.
I’m a collector of 78rpm records from the 1910s and 20s, the era of acoustic and early electronic audio recording. I love the way they transport sound.
“Mathieu shows that that most functional and impersonal of musical instruments, the laptop, is capable of producing work not only of great beauty, but of mysterious and powerful emotion.”
Dan Warburton in Paris Transatlantic
“Mathieu has succeeded to create a sound of his own, unique from anything else I know.”
Frans de Waard in Vital Weekly
“By the way, Stephan Mathieu is considered one of the most important laptop musicians of our days.”
Wired Magazine, San Francisco
Portrait by Michael Barland, Paris