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Phillip Sollmann


Phillip Sollmann (born 1974 in Kassel, Germany) is DJ, producer as well as sound artist who addresses numerous levels of sound in his scope of music. Since the late 1990s, he produces electronic music, first with imprint “Tobin” (together with Alexander Polzin), later and currently mostly under the project name “Efdemin” and with Hamburg-Berlin label “Dial”. He is resident DJ at the Berlin club Berghain and its electroacoustic salon, and he is well appreciated all over the world for his broad-ranged techno productions and DJ sets. 

Phillip Sollmann studied Electroacoustic Music (ELAK) at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. Besides his current involvement in club culture, he explores the tension between mechanical sound production, sound installations and electro-acoustic compositions in various projects. He currently works with Konrad Sprenger on the development of the Modular Organ System, a modular spatial sound concept based on air-powered organ pipes, controlled via Midi.

Together with John Gürtler, with whom Sollmann released the album “Gegen die Zeit” under the signet Sollmann & Gürtler on the label “Sky Walking”, he currently composes works for the Berlin Zafraan Ensemble with crossovers of New Music, improvisation and Ambient.
Sollmann's conceptual composition “Monophonie”, which he wrote (funded by Hauptstadtkulturfonds) for Harry Partch’ instruments, Harry Bertoia’ sound sculptures and for one of Hermann von Helmholtz’ sirens, was premiered at the Berliner Volksbühne in collaboration with the Ensemble Musikfabrik in 2017 and was also performed at Kampnagel in Hamburg and at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum. A new record release is currently planned for 2020.

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