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I'm unwilling to resurrect the Cluster thread for this. I just want to focus on Roedelius for a bit.

I now have Selbstportrait II and find it lacking next to Jardin Au Fou. I like the fact that in Jardin, there is just the regular normal sound of a piano. I want to hear more of him just on a piano, not necessarily synthesizers involved.

Also saw in the latest Mojo that a book has been published about his life called Painting With Sound. Born in 1934...forced into joining the Hitler Youth...in prison for 2 years for his rebellion...my god, not only is he older than my mother but what a life! Anyone heard about this book?

Any other albums you might recommend that feature a lot of "normal sounding piano" on them?

Bimble (bimble), Monday, 31 May 2004 00:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Lustwandel has lots of piano (though there are also some other keyboards as well; a Chamberlain, maybe), very intimate album.

Joe (Joe), Monday, 31 May 2004 01:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

will have to get that book.

'Lustwandel' and 'Durch Die Wuste' are the two good ones with actual piano.

I myself like the 'Selbstportrait' series, but must admit sometimes the music borders on such simplicity that the only sane reaction is "you have got to be kidding". But he isn't kidding, and there was one summer where those records were some of the only music that could calm me down...

Several of the later records feature some entirely solo piano performances, ' Variety of Moods' and 'Piano Piano' have nice moments, but most of the later records really push the line between lovely and vapid. I'll post individual album points after I get some work done.

(Jon L), Monday, 31 May 2004 01:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Good to know there's piano on Lustwandel and Wuste.

Roedelius is incredible to me because I have been craving some nice piano instrumental music for a long, long time. There were these two Felt b-sides I really liked in '89 or so. Might have been the Ballad of The Band 12" or whatever the single was after that one. Anyway, so people said these b-sides were like Erik Satie, so I got some Satie, but it wasn't what I was expecting at all, I was disappointed.

And though I hoped for nice piano based instrumental music like those Felt b-sides, none appeared until Jardin Au Fou. What a pleasant surprise.

Bimble (bimble), Monday, 31 May 2004 01:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Still, I dont mean to discount the synthesizers, and I do feel that anyone who likes Aphex Twin's SAWII should check this out.

Bimble (bimble), Monday, 31 May 2004 02:06 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Just heard the entirety of Ashra Tempel's Schwingungen, too. Wow. I don't know why I was so sure that third track was going to be endless boring self-indulgent guitar solos. BOY was I wrong!

Bimble (bimble), Monday, 31 May 2004 05:46 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Re: Felt. Funny you say that, Bimble. I couldn't recommend 'Lustwandel' highly enough on the Cluster thread. When I first heard those Martin Duffy piano pieces - especially "Autumn" - back in '87 or whenever it was, I immediately thought, "Hey! Roedelius! 'Lustwandel'!" Never heard anyone else express a similar thought about this.

While we're on the topic, am I the only one who ever noticed that Felt's "Red Birds" (from 'Poem of the River') is musically - listen to that organ refrain - a straight cop of Amon Duul II's "Liquid Whisper" (from the maligned 'Hijack', although I've always loved that album)? For that matter, the extended guitar solos on "Riding on the Equator" seem to borrow a lot from the extended guitar solos on ADII's "The Only Thing" (on the even more maligned 'Pyragony X' album). And thematically and lyrically the two songs seem ... similar.

(And I guess I shouldn't even get into the fact that I figured out that "Liquid Whisper" is, musically, a straight cop of Savage Rose's "Listen to This Tune from Mexico" some years before that Felt album ever existed. Perhaps I think about these things too much.... )

kjoerup, Monday, 31 May 2004 09:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

If you want something recent, Bimble, that hits all the same buttons, check out the last Eluvium album. Really beautiful stuff:

http://www.temporaryresidence.com/www/trl_html/descriptions/TRR66.htm

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 31 May 2004 10:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

If my roomates tell me to turn the music down, I'll just sick Radiohead on them. That will shut them up.

Bimble (bimble), Monday, 31 May 2004 18:38 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yes that's right, I plan on vomiting Radiohead if necessary.

Bimble (bimble), Monday, 31 May 2004 18:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

anyone got anything to say about Wenn der Südwind weht?

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Thursday, 22 May 2008 09:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

like, should i buy it?

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Thursday, 22 May 2008 09:07 (nine years ago) Permalink

Errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrm... yeah... why not? It's like the Selbstportrait albums, it's a bit lo-fi and DIY, not as polished as some of his stuff

Tom D., Thursday, 22 May 2008 09:21 (nine years ago) Permalink

yes it's great

am0n, Thursday, 22 May 2008 13:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

cool, thanks. "lo-fi and DIY" sounds encouraging!

GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ, Thursday, 22 May 2008 14:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

Roedelius guide: if it was originally released on Sky Records, or was recorded between 72-82, you want it

1978 Durch die Wüste
1979 Jardin au fou
1979 Selbstportrait I
1980 Selbstportrait II
1980 Selbstportrait III
1981 Lustwandel
1981 Wenn der Südwind weht (Selbstportrait vol 4)
1982 Offene Türen (almost Moebius / Tietchens levels of weird lo-fi pop)
1982 Flieg' Vogel flieg' (Selbstportrait vol 5)
1982 Wasser im Wind (first one with violins & saxophones, but still arranged in selbstportrait mode)

after that -

1984 Gift of the moment (selbstportrait-type songs but recorded chamber music style - some of it very pretty)
1990 Variety of moods (sax & violin increasingly dominant but ends with half hour of solo piano)
1991 Der Ohrenspiegel (very strange arrangements & editing)
1991 Piano Piano (solo piano)
1994 Sinfonia Contempora No. 1 (return to abstract sound collage -- still some sax & violin at moments, but Tietchens contributes some sounds)
1995 Selbstportrait VI - The diary of the unforgotten (this one is basically all the fragments & snippets recorded from 72-78 that didn't make vols I - III, the centerpiece is 'Homage a Forst' made from solo outtakes from Harmonia & Cluster sessions)
1996 Sinfonia Contempora No. 2: La Nordica (another abstract one, the 30 minute opening is quite strange & good)
2001 Acon (w/ Schnitzler) - takes about 20 minutes to achieve peak velocity, but a good session

the later selbstportraits are contemporary & recorded on new equipment and I can't handle them

Milton Parker, Thursday, 22 May 2008 16:14 (nine years ago) Permalink

"1984 Gift of the moment"

love this album. just listening to it the other day. kinda hits my durutti column/penguin cafe orchestra spot.

scott seward, Thursday, 22 May 2008 16:23 (nine years ago) Permalink

it's very Penguin Cafe, makes sense that it came out on EG records

Milton Parker, Thursday, 22 May 2008 16:27 (nine years ago) Permalink

if I had to pick 4 absolute favorites

1978 Durch die Wüste (probably the absolute best - Roedelius / Plank prog rock album)
1979 Jardin au fou (pop tunes from the Garden of Madness - walking a line between lighthearted & demented)
1980 Selbstportrait II / Selbstportrait III (super lo-fi demos from Zuckerzeit / Sowiesoso era not originally intended for release. contains versions of tunes reworked on later studio records, less produced but once you become a diehard Cluster fan these two records can easily start to seem like the center of the whole discography)

Milton Parker, Thursday, 22 May 2008 16:51 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Jardin Au Fou" = said it before, will say it again, lovely lovely lovely

Tom D., Thursday, 22 May 2008 16:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

Almost perfect in fact

Tom D., Thursday, 22 May 2008 16:54 (nine years ago) Permalink

if it's not perfect I'd love to hear something that is

Milton Parker, Thursday, 22 May 2008 16:55 (nine years ago) Permalink

What?? He's got a solo piano album called "Piano Piano"? Yikes. I'm hopping right on that thing. Seems like I might want to check out Gift Of The Moment, too.

Bimble, Thursday, 22 May 2008 18:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

Bought Wüste/Lustwandel/Südwind a few years ago cheap on LP and enjoy them all a lot, though I agree that Durch die Wüste is the best. I also love his collaboration with Tim Story as Lunz. Very pretty. Will def. go after Jardin Au Fou..

willem, Thursday, 22 May 2008 19:09 (nine years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

anyone hear this:

http://origin.ih.constantcontact.com/fs071/1102000774575/img/93.jpg?a=1102125099325

Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Tim Story - Inlandish

scott seward, Thursday, 5 June 2008 23:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

okay i just listened to an mp3 of a song from it and it doesn't really thrill me actually.

scott seward, Thursday, 5 June 2008 23:57 (nine years ago) Permalink

yeah not really my thing either. gotta say, 75% of post-1986 roedelius leaves me feeling a little restless, even when it's lovely. what the pioneers started doing with digital in the 80's didn't sound as distinctive, 1983-1995 was the dark age of synth interface design.

They had copies of Stephen Iliffe's Roedelius book at the tour. Thumbs up for fans, looks / feels beautiful, lots of great pictures starting from his career as a child actor & lots of 70's shots, fascinating life story, long section on Cluster, compiles tons of anecdotes & interviews with collaborators & press quotes all in one place, and there's complete record review guide 1969-2003 - I don't agree with all his picks, but at least when someone reviews _everything_ you stand more of a chance of being able to triangulate your tastes against theirs

http://www.roedelius.com/index.php?menu=4&site=1

Milton Parker, Friday, 6 June 2008 01:04 (nine years ago) Permalink

hey gosh

Roedelius' group Human Being - "Pictures from the 1969 film by Dietmar Buchmann shows scenes from Conrad Schnitzler's Zodiak Free Arts Lab"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBUa4EFDc_M

looks like R at 1:02

Human Being: Live at the Zodiak - Berlin 1968 is going on your 1001 psych list once it's out

Milton Parker, Friday, 6 June 2008 01:06 (nine years ago) Permalink

one fairly recent I missed upthread that I like a lot - 'Nevertheless' by Roedelius & Morgan Fisher. Two very long tracks at the end & Fisher's mixing & guitar playing is in the tradition of those Made To Measure ambient Tuxedomoon solos and side 2 of Vangelis' 'L'Apocalypse Des Animaux' (Fisher is of course contemporary with those guys and still going)

Milton Parker, Friday, 6 June 2008 02:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

jardin au fou is getting reissued on vinyl/cd in march
http://www.bureau-b.com/

eman, Wednesday, 11 February 2009 16:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

cover is truly frightening
http://www.bureau-b.com/images/Roedelius%20Highres.jpg

mizzell, Wednesday, 11 February 2009 17:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

?

eman, Wednesday, 11 February 2009 17:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

he looks like a zombie!

mizzell, Wednesday, 11 February 2009 17:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

Are the lack of Harmonia (and hence Harmonia '76) recommendations because it would be too obvious? (If so, no probs.)

Granted, I've been listening to Live 1974, Musik Von Harmonia, Deluxe, and Tracks & Traces recently. Goooooood stuff. Probably best for the Harmonia thread tho.

System Jr. (Mackro Mackro), Wednesday, 11 February 2009 17:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

live '74 is excellent

eman, Wednesday, 11 February 2009 18:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

I saw Mani Neumeier play last week, acid mothers dude was in hospital and couldnt play :[.

still he was rilly fun to watch anyway

wilter, Wednesday, 11 February 2009 22:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I saw Jardin au fou at Dusty Groove for a nice price, but wanted to read up on it before I took the plunge. Looks like I need it *sigh*

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 30 June 2009 22:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

that second Roedelius / Story CD that Scott linked upthread 'Inlandish' ended up being a lot better overall than the mp3 sample. still definitely on the glossy side of new age but some of the textures are nice & the melodic keyboard compositions are exactly the thing I wish there'd been slightly more of on the new Cluster record. though there too, that new Cluster record kind of grew on me a bit.

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 30 June 2009 22:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

just jumping in to declare my undying love for jardin au fou. my vinyl copy arrived in the post today and i've played it 5 times already! can't wait to fall asleep to this tonight

rio (sean), Monday, 9 November 2009 21:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

how is durch die wurste? i see bureau b have reissued it

anita bonghit (rionat), Thursday, 28 January 2010 22:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

It is good.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 28 January 2010 22:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

they also just reissued Cluster's 'Curiosum', which is huge for me. they're doing the packaging so well on those reissues it makes me want to buy them again

Nepenthe also just reissued 'Offene Türen' from 1980 -- more produced out than the selbstportrait series, some of the sounds land on the cheesy side, but there's also a couple of pretty odd numbers that makes me think he was taking in the other records on Sky by Moebius/Plank & Asmus Tietchens -- definitely get 'Jardin Au Fou' / 'Durch Die Wuste' & the first three Selbstportaits first but overall this one's still pretty much in the classic period

Milton Parker, Saturday, 30 January 2010 18:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

just listened again, the second half of this is pretty great. less cosmic than just plain old strange

Milton Parker, Saturday, 30 January 2010 20:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

i've seen the curiosum reissue around town, now you've endorsed it i'm gonna buy it tomorrow. i've got every cluster record up 'til that and if it's huge for milton then it's good enuff 4 me

anita bonghit (rionat), Saturday, 30 January 2010 23:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

how many selbsportraits are there? i've only got iii (on mp3 for shame) but it's on constant rotation. in a way, when i first heard jardin au fou i was a little disappointed that it didn't sound more like selbsportrait iii

anita bonghit (rionat), Sunday, 31 January 2010 00:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

Curiosum was the one where it seems like they got back to their home studio roots after the high production on Grosses Wasser, which I like but overall it's a little stiff. Curiosum is just back to being a really strange record, everything's out of tune but it's all still very addictively catchy

first three selbstportraits were actually titled volumes 1-3, and it was all archival 70's material. then it gets confusing -- the original Sky issues of 'Wenn Der Sudwind Weht' and 'Flieg Vogel Fleige' didn't have 'Selbstportrait' anywhere on the packaging, and they sounded like new recordings, but recorded on the old farfisa equipment so they sound more like 'Selbstportraits' than albums like 'Lustwandel' & 'Offene Türen', so it was only when he put out 'Selbstportrait vol 6' in the early 90's that it seems he retroactively deemed them volumes 4 & 5

Selbstportraits 7 & 8 are recent ones recorded on new gear and I'm not into them, but 1-3 & 6 = pretty much my favorite records of his along with Jardin & Wuste. And I played #5 'Flieg Vogel Fliege' again today and man, that's kind of a must have, really needs to come out on CD

Milton Parker, Sunday, 31 January 2010 00:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

but for all those hordes of Cluster fans getting into this stuff, all you need to know is that Selbstportraits 1, 2, 3 & 6 = the 4-track recordings Roedelius made in his bedroom at Forst studio in the 70's when he wasn't recording with Harmonia & Cluster -- they're all the home demos & have plenty of timing errors and if you're one of those earless fools who thinks that the Harmonia & Eno record isn't good music then you don't need to worry about them, but if you're already more than a little into the Cluster catalog then you really, really want to find these

Milton Parker, Sunday, 31 January 2010 00:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

there's just something so sweet and charming about those selbsportrait iii melodies. even when it gets slightly darker and more absract, its never threatening. i love how people praise cluster for their experimentation but deep down its all about roedelius just wanting to compose these little timeless ditties

"if you're one of those earless fools who thinks that the Harmonia & Eno record isn't good music"

pretty sure nobody like this actually exists

anita bonghit (rionat), Sunday, 31 January 2010 01:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

how is durch die wurste?

it is so good. has some surprisingly krautrock moments on it (as opposed to pure synth stuff).

i think bureau b also reissued moebius' first solo album?

KORGÜLL THE EXCHEQUER (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 31 January 2010 08:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Hmm, in my opinion the best Roedelius albums are as follows:

-Musik von Harmonia (Harmonia-1974) (can't beat the drifting organ/guitar sounds and the fluffy rhythm boxes, a lot more structured than Zuckerzeit, the album that usually gets recommended, and so IMHO better.)

-Cluster and Eno (Cluster and Eno-1977) (beautiful underplayed piano and organ with Brian Eno's inventiveness to top it off)

-After the Heat (Cluster and Eno-1978) (mostly Eno dominated, but when Roedelius gets on the tape his piano work is first class. 'The Shade' is probably my favourite Roedelius piano track)

Selbstportrait I & II (Roedelius-1979/1980) Very similar albums, I own the CTR 1 CD release, I was so hooked when I bought it that I listened to nothing else for 2 months)

Lustwandel (Roedelius-1981) The best of Roedelius' work with Peter Baumann as his producer, very pretty piano tracks of the Selbstportrait school of thought.

Like the Whispering of the Wind (Roedelius-1987) Indebted to iTunes for this exceedingly rare album, definately my favourite of all his albums. Piano solo but played in a way that you've never heard before, a pity he didn't do more like this.

Romance in the Wilderness (Roedelius-1992) Electro-ambient-jazz experiments. Underplayed keyboard and achingly beautiful sax work, a beauty of an album.

Sinfonia Contempora #1 (Roedelius-1994) Collage work, I have always loved this medium. The first track is basically a condensation of whats good about Roedelius.

Neverless (Roedelius and Fisher-2008) Droney work, Morgan Fisher adds his own unique touch, pure bliss.

Fibre (Roedelius and Noh1) Like Cluster and Eno it owes its beauty to underplayed piano and almost jazzy improv. His best album since Romance in the Wilderness and one of my favourites!

I haven't heard much of the uber-rare vinyl stuff so don't hold me to account if that is wonderous too. Believe me, I'd like a copy of Selbstportrait III, Wasser im Wind and Weites Land too!

KosmischeSynth, Thursday, 29 April 2010 19:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

sounds pretty good so far!
http://soundcloud.com/lloydcole/sets/cole-roedelius-pre-release/

and that sounds like a gong-concert (La Lechera), Friday, 8 February 2013 21:02 (four years ago) Permalink

Wtf

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Saturday, 9 February 2013 10:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Not that surprising, considering Cole's Plastic Wood ambient-ish record from a few years back.

Michael Jones, Saturday, 9 February 2013 10:35 (four years ago) Permalink

What next, Pat Kane & Mani Neumeier?

Le petit chat est mort (Tom D.), Saturday, 9 February 2013 11:30 (four years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Is there ever a bad time to listen on repeat to 'Jardin au Fou'? I think not

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 2 July 2013 15:11 (four years ago) Permalink

good idea

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 2 July 2013 15:12 (four years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

Let's revive this just because.

Offene Türen is my latest discovery. Offbeat would be a suitable description.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:56 (three years ago) Permalink

That Roedelius Schneider album from last year was very good. There was another collaboration, also from last year, with Morgan Fisher, which I was less enthusiastic about.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 20 February 2014 17:48 (three years ago) Permalink

ppl dissing the selbsportrait series on the aphex twin thread = thumbs down.

brimstead, Thursday, 20 February 2014 22:54 (three years ago) Permalink

2nd Roedelius Schneider record 'Tiden' is fairly good. not much in the way of chords & memorable tunes but nice to hear Roedelius piano & riffs & noodles over some good rhythms again

the really truly fantastic new one out of the 5 or 10 he put out last year was the fourth Qluster CD 'Lauschen'. the first three had some good textures & sounds but were maybe a bit tentative, but 'Lauschen' adds a third member and they really focus & turn a lot of corners. still kind of wish the group were not called Qluster but it's my favorite from him in many years.

Milton Parker, Thursday, 20 February 2014 23:26 (three years ago) Permalink

ppl dissing the selbsportrait series on the aphex twin thread = thumbs down.

Are people really doing that? I just thought they were saying how different they are than SAWII.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 21 February 2014 02:46 (three years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

I would have thought that 'Diary of the Unforgotten' had mined the last of the usable 73-78 tapes, as a lot of what's on that was fairly minimal but oh man this new box has treasures

http://exclaim.ca/News/roedelius_celebrates_80th_birthday_with_tape_archive_box_set_electronic_music_comp

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 19:35 (three years ago) Permalink

Which one? Seems like they are releasing two...

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:42 (three years ago) Permalink

talking about the archival box, which is all unreleased (apart from the 'Watussi + ludicrous guitar solo' fragment which he used for a moment in the 'Homage du Forst' suite on 'Diary of the Unforgotten'. the single disc Tim Gane comp looks like a pretty good listen but I already own all of these albums twice over.

on the archive: some of these sketches never got a final melodic layer, but I'm far gone enough that a track with just the drum machine + farfisa percolating chords going for 3-8 minutes is already wonderful listening. all the selbstportrait albums pridefully kept in the occasional off-note, but the tracks on the more tentative side here still have some beautiful tunes. some of it is even more minimal than the last two tracks on 'Selbstportrait III', and some of it is more noisy / chaotic / abstract than 'Durch Die Wuste'

shamefully expensive box and probably only for the real diehards, but if you're one of them, you will not be let down by the content

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 17:37 (three years ago) Permalink

Yikes, $160 for 3 discs is pretty rough.

That said, I am enjoying these records all over again.

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 23 October 2014 22:30 (three years ago) Permalink

I'm guessing it'll all be on Spotify. They have the Tim Gane Sky Records compilation up already, and it really works as an album despite skewing towards many of the deeper weirder cuts. Somehow all you have to do is put 'The Belldog' in the middle of the sequence and even the 'Curosium' and Beerbohm album cuts end up seeming like pop. This music never ever wears out.

Milton Parker, Friday, 24 October 2014 19:11 (three years ago) Permalink

hopefully it'll be on leonardo music journal too

am0n, Friday, 24 October 2014 19:19 (three years ago) Permalink

Happy Birthday! <3

peace, joy, pancake (doo dah), Sunday, 26 October 2014 16:14 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

5 days old and already a fan ;)

http://i.imgur.com/0fp9y30.jpg

Abstinence Hawk (frogbs), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 02:46 (three years ago) Permalink

Well done, on both counts! The new Lloyd Cole curated career overview ("Kollektion 02") is excellent as well.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Wednesday, 3 December 2014 02:52 (three years ago) Permalink

selfiespotrait

I dunno. (amateurist), Wednesday, 3 December 2014 16:36 (three years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

rip

just sayin, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 03:59 (two years ago) Permalink

whoops i had too many tabs open - rip on the wrong one :(

just sayin, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 04:00 (two years ago) Permalink

Don't do that!!!

demonic mnevice (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 21 July 2015 11:22 (two years ago) Permalink

u dick

am0n, Tuesday, 21 July 2015 14:37 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Two new albums in the last couple of months.

Qluster: Tasten (Spotify) - minimal piano stuff. The press materials position this as "don't forget who was doing this sort of stuff long before Nils Frahm!!!" and it sorta sounds that way too.

Roedelius Muraglia: Ubi Bene (Spotify) - Like Qluster and Roedelius Schneider, he's once again collaborating with another younger guy. I appreciate that Roedelius sees the value in staying connected to the newer generation of artists. I much prefer this to the Qluster album. It's more varied, moving between electro, ambient, and piano pieces. It sounds somewhat like people Roedelius has influenced rather than the man himself - kinda Mouse on Mars-y in spots, which I'm pretty OK with.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:04 (two years ago) Permalink

thanks for letting me know about Ubi Bene. it's pleasant. I like how easily Achim has taken to iOS apps. favorite ones of the recent crop are Lauschen and Lazy Arc with Tim. the last two tracks on the latter are really something.

Milton Parker, Friday, 28 August 2015 21:08 (two years ago) Permalink

I don't love all of Ubi Bene - first few tracks are great but some of the latter, quieter stuff is pleasant at best, maybe a little hokey. But - "Summer Breeze, Turning" is a gorgeous guitar number.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 29 August 2015 02:21 (two years ago) Permalink

This man is a treasure - and one of the sweetest personally influential artists I've had the pleasure to meet and talk with. I'm glad he's not tinkering away in some sort of obscurity. Look forward to listening to these new ones!

Acid Hose (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 30 August 2015 03:31 (two years ago) Permalink

@dark_shark: Brian Eno: For Achim, September 3-6, 2015, Berlin #HansJoachimRoedelius https://t.co/be3fgR5P2f http://t.co/BL2ni2uMCf

Naive Teen Idol, Tuesday, 1 September 2015 12:14 (two years ago) Permalink

Roedelius' third album since July - this time it's Mueller Roedelius, Imagori.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Thursday, 10 September 2015 15:32 (two years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

I highly recommend checking out this fantastic interview with Roedelius looking back on his life & music.
http://www.residentadvisor.net/podcast-episode.aspx?exchange=266

willem, Thursday, 8 October 2015 10:41 (two years ago) Permalink

Let's see: child movie star, Hitler Youth, deserter from the East German army, in prison for two years, personal masseur to celebrities (including Henry Miller??!?!), jilted Florian Schneider's sister... fairly uneventful life really.

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Friday, 9 October 2015 12:26 (two years ago) Permalink

godDAMNit now that's a chapter of fan fic I now have to change...

Dröhn Rock (Branwell with an N), Friday, 9 October 2015 14:56 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

New Qluster: Echtzeit

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 6 March 2016 13:02 (one year ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

Been digging deeper into Roedelius' back catalog. I've picked up "Flieg Vogel Fliege", "Wenn Der Sudwind Weht" and now "Selbsportrait II". I love the simplicity, the melodies and the abstractness of it all. I can't remember which other album I checked out but it had a bit too much that brought to mind traditional German music. Plenty more to dig into!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Saturday, 11 February 2017 20:48 (ten months ago) Permalink

Yeah, I've been going through a phase myself! Just finished his biography, which was awful, but nevertheless provided a decent discographical map, especially wrt to the latter-day stuff. I just downloaded both Weites Land and A Friendly Game. Haven't listened to the former yet but the latter sounds like an especially weird ECM release or something. I dig it!

Wimmels, Saturday, 11 February 2017 20:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

Psyched to see him with Horse Lords in Bawlmer next month.

spastic heritage, Saturday, 11 February 2017 22:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

Whoa Roedelius and Horse Lords! Weird combo but so appealing. That'll be a great show. What kind of stuff does he perform live? Does he have a band?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 11 February 2017 23:23 (ten months ago) Permalink

Saw this link on Facebook, earlier today.

https://www.gofundme.com/hjr2017

winnebago taco, Saturday, 11 February 2017 23:36 (ten months ago) Permalink

yeah i can't wait for that show, Wume are great too

flappy bird, Sunday, 12 February 2017 03:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

Omg Wume are playing too?! They are A+++

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Sunday, 12 February 2017 03:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Two new Roedelius albums in 2017 so far:

Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Arnold Kasar: Einfluss - Roedelius on piano while Kasar adds some electronic atmospherics. It's ok on first listen but I don't really feel like I need much more of Roedelius' piano work.

Roedelius/Hauswolff: Nordlicht - minimal drone. Can't think of the last time he made something in this vein!

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Saturday, 24 June 2017 04:46 (five months ago) Permalink

two months pass...

saw him tonight! he seems in good spirits, his wife read a poem (that he wrote) in german. he read a poem (written 25 years ago acc to him) in english. his set was half computer, half piano. very enjoyable. i think he is just doing whatever because he is 82 (he mentioned his age as "almost 83"). <3 <3 <3

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 23 September 2017 06:07 (two months ago) Permalink

it sounds like you had a better experience than i did when i saw him a few years ago:

saw him last night in l.a. @ the echo. good enough show, but the echo is such a bullshit, unprofessionally run venue. at the echoplex downstairs they had a bass-heavy electro band who started about halfway through his set and basically ruined it. he played on in reasonably good spirits for another twenty minutes before he was done, but it pretty much sucked.

― omar little, Friday, October 28, 2011 7:24 PM (five years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

At the DC show, my friend commented that he thought they could have done a better job booking him at better clubs. Sounds like you agree.

― Naive Teen Idol, Friday, October 28, 2011 8:39 PM (five years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah the echo was a bad choice. the crowd was great and cool for the most part, but between the bass interrupting his set (he stopped and said "what is zis? fuck! i don't even want to play!" - albeit in a very charming fashion) and the sound of the hand dryers in the women's bathroom right next to the stage intruding on his music periodically, it was kind of disrespectful to his aesthetic. like i said, the joint is run poorly ime, but this was sort of a last straw for me.

― omar little, Saturday, October 29, 2011 4:34 AM (five years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

nomar, Saturday, 23 September 2017 06:13 (two months ago) Permalink

yeah tbh the venue was perfect -- usually they book jazz shows and i have never had a problem there with sound.
last night it was so quiet i could hear the man next to me breathing (through his nose, it was distracting) and no one coughed or sneezed or let their phone go off.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 23 September 2017 14:41 (two months ago) Permalink

he also took a video of the audience after his set - idk if he posts them somewhere or what

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Saturday, 23 September 2017 14:44 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm looking forward to seeing him in Montreal soon. He posts somewhat frequently on his Facebook page. I haven't seen anything like that video.

Pataphysician, Saturday, 23 September 2017 23:01 (two months ago) Permalink

Bummed he isn't playing Boston on this tour.

Just threw in Triptych in Blue, one of his collabs from 2016 w Andrew Heath and Christopher Chaplin. All electronic, pretty nice.

Naive Teen Idol, Friday, 6 October 2017 12:54 (two months ago) Permalink

saw him the other night in sf.. same thing as above, bad venue. the acoustic piano bit was beautiful.

kurt schwitterz, Saturday, 7 October 2017 03:36 (two months ago) Permalink


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