About Mat Goehmann

Making music since 1975. Singing and beatboxing my first own "songs" ... First music lessons 1978: Beginning with fipple pipe (my parents didn’t know better ...) Soon wanted to play "electronic" ;-) Most fascinated in keys and synths ... Never was so delighted by the piano, its sound and its "mechanical" playing feel. Since the 80s I was a big fan of the sound of all the new synths – revolutionizing (pop) music these days ... Started my first compositions "with a beginning, a bridge, a solo and an end" ...

When I was around 13, I always worked hard in the holidays to get a new little synth at the end of three, four or even six weeks of slaving at any factory … Started playing in a "band" named "Wall" with my neighbor. Started composing my very own songs in which I had to handle my first great love and its bitter doom ... Started to build a "recording studio" to "record" these first songs by "ping-ponging" on two cassette radio recorders, each with the previous playback and a re-recorded new "live track". A few years later I started recording with a Tascam 4-track cassette recorder ... Few years later working with a 16 channel mixing console and recording on a used 8-track quarter inch tape machine ... The squirrel has a hard time feeding itself.

In the early 1990s, I began to realize that I would not find "my sound" in any particular instrument – but in the art of audio engineering itself ... which makes me more of a producer and composer than a typical instrumentalist who more or less "merges" with "his/her" instrument. And so in 1994 I decided to start studying audio engineering which was the best decision in my life. Ever since I've been able to get an overview of the technical background of sound, composing is even more fun for me as it's going in infinite directions ... IT’s ALL ABOUT SOUND!

I played with different musicians in different bands and music projects – always my own songs. Soon I put on my first music computer, an Atari ST 1040, which I just adored. Initially, I only recorded MIDI signals with Notator SL software from C-LAB. Later it became Emagic and the software was called Logic. I took an Apple Powermac (OS 9 was SO GREAT!) and started harddisc recording ... More and more, I played only "projective" together with other musicians. But it is like in a (good) marriage: Together you can achieve even more ...

For some years I work only with Windows (I love Windows 7 and was already very happy with XP) and have my own configured tower ... I work with and LOVE Ableton Live, that I already owned in version 1, as It was taken from the cradle at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt ... For sound experiments, I sometimes also use Propellerhead Reason, Celemony Melodyne, a series of other fine apps – and of course my KYMA PACA system. For composing and engineering I use a (meanwhile) unknown number (myriad) of VST plug-ins, which are excellently managed under Ableton Live – even in big recording and mixing sessions. In the last 10 years, I have built up a seemingly endless digital computer studio of virtual instruments and audio equipment that brings me endless joy but sometimes also a lot of gray hair!

In the last few years, I've also gained some Alter Egos (AKA's), especially Synthling, because that sounds just cool to me ... I'm also experimenting with a virtual vocal lady, commonly known as "Vocaloid", developed by Yamaha, which is the latest craze in Japan, while "she's" having a Cinderella existence in these parts. But I call her "Radiomaid", and she and my experiments with her will, I hope, still be heard ... Also, my interest in the last few years has increasingly shifted to the genres of sound design and cinematic music.

But now let's find out if we have the same taste in music ... All the best, love and peace ... and enjoy ...