Thursday, August 7, 2008

New stuff from Roedelius

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, “TrouvĂ©”’s melancholy piano chords are joined to electronic keyboard tones and tremulous, shivery washes of sound.

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“As It Were”

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