Hans-Joachim Roedelius, sometimes called "the quiet man of Krautrock", anticipated much of ambient electronic music and trip hop with in his 1970s work with Cluster and Harmonia. He's got a new record out with Ohio composer Tim Story (they've recorded together as Lunz), which I reviewed in yesterday's Blurt.
Krautrock innovator Rodelius, now in his mid-seventies, seems to have journeyed through a half century’s worth of musical styles and experiments – with Kluster, Cluster, Harmonia and Brian Eno – to arrive at absolute simplicity. His third collaboration with American electronic composer Tim Story aligns liquid piano motifs with a shifting counterpoint of organic-sounding electronics. For example, the title track, “Inlandish,” juxtaposes the organic melancholy of traditional piano with a soft ambience of just-audible electronic manipulations, burbles of synth and subliminal hiss. Similarly, “Trouvé”’s melancholy piano chords are joined to electronic keyboard tones and tremulous, shivery washes of sound.
“As It Were”