He can also, obviously, carve and reduce music down to its essence, and his Studio 1 (Studio Eins) project, an array of vinyl singles released in the mid-'90s, may be one of his masterworks. This collection, differentiated by its Pantone-esque range of colored cover art, has since proven to be as much a musical framework as it is a sonic palette. Showcasing a crisp take on techno and a dub-inspired investigation of space, these tracks' grooves are the DNA for a plethora of subsequent recordings.
This 2009 CD release, which pairs six original tracks with four unreleased ones, is very confusing for those looking for the complete set, since it contains the same track listing as the previous CD re-issue, yet, according to some sources, they have been renamed this time out. For instance, according to Kompakt website, the first track on the '09 edition is "Green," but it was titled "Neu 1" on the first CD reissue and never came out on vinyl. Either way, the results sound charged and vital, and within their set framework and margins, present a spectrum of sounds and ideas conveyed without fuss or excess.
Coming on the heels of many of Voigt's Mike Ink releases, more acid-inspired work that thinned out over the course of the '90s, the Studio 1 releases are immediate, piercing lines instead of broad strokes. They may be reductive, but their clever arrangements showcase a range of textural tension and movement, especially in the shifting, often bulbous low-end. "Blau 2" creates a throbbing urgency from the interplay of clicking melodies and a muscular swirl of a bassline. "Rosa 1" shimmers with static and a tinny hi-hat as sludgy, liquid tones reverberate. The slightly dissonant, string-like stabs and revolving bassline of the unreleased "Neu 4" prefaces some of the more dissociative, claustrophobic takes on techno. During an interview last year, Voigt described his Gas project as "hypnotic." While it's much more stripped-down, Studio 1 often evokes the same feeling, illustrating a wholly different method of drawing in listeners.