Simon Goff is a violinist, composer, and Grammy award-winning sound engineer.
His work seeks to find space between genres, exploring how the violin can be manipulated and processed to create a unique sound that defies traditional definitions. From his appreciation of process, acoustics, and technology he conjures dynamic sonic landscapes where acoustic and electronic sounds meet. His live performances merge these worlds harmoniously and shift effortlessly between intimate fragility to expansive cinematic soundscapes.
Growing up as a violinist performing in concert halls around the north of England, he spent time learning from the legendary session bassist Herbie Flowers (David Bowie, Lou Reed). Now residing in Berlin he has found a home for his curious mind. Here he has worked with some of the world’s most acclaimed musicians as a collaborator and a sound engineer. These include Academy Award winner Hildur Gudnadottir, Johann Johannsson, Peter Broderick (Erased Tapes), Thor Harris (Swans), and Xiu Xiu to name just a few.
I Filled my lungs with the necessary air, and yelled!
For the first single from Simon Goff’s new album ‘Vale’, directors Andrew Mark & Ben Evans James created a film in which they adopted a filmic approach that mirrors the track’s composition of classical strings and digital effects. The film brings together analogue 16mm film footage with digital processes and 3D animation.
For ‘Wooden Islands’, the second single from the upcoming album ‘Vale’, Jubal Battisti made a film of me performing and recording the track at Vox-Ton studio in Berlin.
A Process in the Weather of the Heart
Director Nic Kane plays with abstract storytelling and striking visuals, to explore Berlin-based musician Simon Goff’s Yorkshire roots.
‘A Process in the Weather of the Heart’ maps out moments of connection between past and present, former and future self, and distant yet tethered lands.
Transport links, trails and traces etched into the environment, and the subtle influence of the wind, orientate a lone figure across the Yorkshire landscape of Goff’s youth. Their feet connect and lift from the earth beneath them.
A viaduct, a human-made structure embedded in the land to facilitate movement and journey, echoes their rhythm. Flashes of a concrete sound mirror, situated on the East Yorkshire coast, listen across the North Sea to whispers from Germany.
The project, through it’s own shifting processes, evolved to focus on a simple yet evocative expression of journeying; a navigation of time, space and creative process.
Simon Goff‘s album ‘Vale’ is the British violinist and composer’s dazzling exploration of the interface between violin and technology and between the poles of intimacy and grandeur, as rich and deep and wide as the landscape that lies its heart, named after the Vale of York where Goff grew up.
Cover photo: (c) Nic Kane