Cluster

Cluster is a German experimental musical group who influenced the development of contemporary popular electronic and ambient music. The musicians are: Conrad Schnitzler, Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius They have recorded albums in a wide variety of styles ranging from experimental music to progressive rock, all of which had an avant-garde edge. Cluster has been active since 1971, before that their band name was Kluster.
Cluster
Cluster + Eno - Cluster + Eno

Artist: Cluster & Eno
P: 1977 / 2005
Brian Eno's first collaboration with Cluster, the best of this album's instrumental pieces are too emotionally rich to waste as mere background music, evoking feelings of hesitancy and regret that rescue the music from mere vapid prettiness.
Three tracks in particular indicate things to come.
"Wehrmut" is an ethereal synth piece with the pace slowed to a tantalizing crawl. "Steinsame" features a treated guitar playing a slow figure over a dark, almost funereal synth melody.
"Schone Hande" uses watery synth effects to highlight a shivery rhythm pattern. Other pieces dispense with moody atmospherics altogether.
Tracks like "Ho Renomo" and "Selange" consist mainly of pounding rhythm patterns lightly embellished by piano or synthesizer, and "Die Bunge" sounds like an electronic goldfinch fluttering around a cartoon horse.
While not the unqualified success of their 1978 collaboration After the Heat, Cluster & Eno remains an important album.
Along with Eno's 1978 Music for Films, these works helped define the depth and promise of ambient music.

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Cluster + Eno - Cluster + Eno

Artist: Cluster & Eno
P: 1977 / 1989
Here the Sky Records Version.
Brian Eno's first collaboration with Cluster, the best of this album's instrumental pieces are too emotionally rich to waste as mere background music, evoking feelings of hesitancy and regret that rescue the music from mere vapid prettiness.
Three tracks in particular indicate things to come.
"Wehrmut" is an ethereal synth piece with the pace slowed to a tantalizing crawl. "Steinsame" features a treated guitar playing a slow figure over a dark, almost funereal synth melody.
"Schone Hande" uses watery synth effects to highlight a shivery rhythm pattern. Other pieces dispense with moody atmospherics altogether.
Tracks like "Ho Renomo" and "Selange" consist mainly of pounding rhythm patterns lightly embellished by piano or synthesizer, and "Die Bunge" sounds like an electronic goldfinch fluttering around a cartoon horse.
While not the unqualified success of their 1978 collaboration After the Heat, Cluster & Eno remains an important album.
Along with Eno's 1978 Music for Films, these works helped define the depth and promise of ambient music.

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Cluster + Eno - Cluster + Eno (20 Bit Japan)

Artist: Cluster & Eno
P: 1977 / 2005
Brian Eno's first collaboration with Cluster, the best of this album's instrumental pieces are too emotionally rich to waste as mere background music, evoking feelings of hesitancy and regret that rescue the music from mere vapid prettiness.
Three tracks in particular indicate things to come.
"Wehrmut" is an ethereal synth piece with the pace slowed to a tantalizing crawl. "Steinsame" features a treated guitar playing a slow figure over a dark, almost funereal synth melody.
"Schone Hande" uses watery synth effects to highlight a shivery rhythm pattern. Other pieces dispense with moody atmospherics altogether.
Tracks like "Ho Renomo" and "Selange" consist mainly of pounding rhythm patterns lightly embellished by piano or synthesizer, and "Die Bunge" sounds like an electronic goldfinch fluttering around a cartoon horse.
While not the unqualified success of their 1978 collaboration After the Heat, Cluster & Eno remains an important album.
Along with Eno's 1978 Music for Films, these works helped define the depth and promise of ambient music.
This is the 20 bit remastering Japan version.

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Cluster + Farnbauer - Live in Vienna

Artist: Cluster & Farnbauer
P: 1980 / 2010
Live in Vienna is the eighth full-length album by German electronic music outfit Cluster and their first and only album with Joshi Farnbauer. It is the first of three live albums recorded by Cluster.
On June 12, 1980 Cluster performed at the Wiener Festwochen Alternativ with Farnbauer. The performance was recorded and released as a limited edition cassette on the British York House Records (YHR) label. It was reissued in Germany on the Transmitter label of "Grüne Kraft" owner Werner Pieper.
The style of the music is highly experimental and discordant and very reminiscent of Moebius and Rodelius' early work with Conrad Schnitzler in Kluster, albeit with updated electronic instrumentation.

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Cluster - Berlin 07

Artist: Cluster
P: 2008
It was a monumental performance for Cluster as it marked the first time that they had peformed live in Berlin since their 12 hour concert in the Galerie Hammer in the Europacenter in 1969. The performance was a massive success as a sold out crowd cheered loudly for Cluster to return to the stage. Fortunately, the concert was preserved for posterity and is proudly presented here on Important Records.
Packaged in a deluxe digipack.
ARTISTS
Cluster: Hans-Joachim Roedelius & Dieter Moebius

 

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Cluster - Cluster 2
Artist: Cluster
P: 1971 / 2010
Cluster's second album as a duo is a January, 1972 recording that is similar in style to their previous works. Cluster II is mostly an album of drones and industrial atmospheres; an ambient album before the label began to be applied to music. For the first time Cluster broke down their sound experiments into some bite-sized pieces that reflected their strange kind of humour.
The most important and consistently underrated space-rock unit of the '70s, Cluster (originally Kluster) was formed by Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Conrad Schnitzler as an improv group that used everything from synthesizers to alarm clocks and kitchen utensils in their performances. Continuing on as a duo, Moebius and Roedelius eventually recorded many landmark LPs - separately, as a duo, and with all manner of guest artists from Brian Eno to Conny Plank to Neu!'s Michael Rother - in the field of German space music, often termed kosmische. Cluster also continued to explore ambient music into the '90s, long after their contemporaries had drifted into tamer new age music or ceased recording altogether.

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Cluster - Cluster 71

Artist: Cluster
P: 1971 / 2006
On the outer edge of German space rock, Cluster '71 stands as a testament to minimalist "cosmische" music. The three untitled tracks composed and performed by Moebius and Roedelius are exploratory, ever-changing pieces with focuses on guitar distortion and synthesizer wails, though each goes far beyond. This album deserves the many accolades it's been given, and holds up as an early landmark in the history of beatless ambience. This excellent 1971 release opens with a wall of eerie mechanical sounds that are similar in texture to the soundscapes that Tangerine Dream was experimenting with on albums like Alpha Centauri (also 1971). Interestingly enough although the sounds on Cluster 71 are very futuristic sounding and highly electronic, the musicians did not use a single synthesizer. In fact, all of the sounds were generated with two organs, a violin, and a cello that were all heavily modified with analog echo machines, sound generators, and effects pedals. The musicians on this album include Deiter Moebius (organ, Hawaiian guitar, audio generator, amplifier), Hans-Joachim Roedelius (organ, cello, audio-generator), and Conny Plank, who not only contributed to the pieces, but engineered and helped produce the album. There are three untitled tracks that range in length from 7'38" to a massive 21'17" and are very similar in texture and mood (all deliciously creepy).

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Cluster - Curiosum

Artist: Cluster
P: 1981/ 2009
This lesser known album from one of the greatest Krautrock bands of all time CLUSTER, was the last collaboration between founding members DIETER MOEBIUS and HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS, before taking an 8 year break from CLUSTER... During their hiatus, they would each release many solo recordings, all worthy of checking out, but I'm a big fan of the albums they released together including this album CURIOSUM from 1981. "Helle Melange", which almost has A CLOCKWORK ORANGE/ baroque-style melody, and it definitely leaves you with a feeling of hopelessness... Following that one is "Tristan In Der Bar" which is slightly more upbeat, yet still sounds like some of the 1970's recordings of WALTER CARLOS.

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Cluster - First Encounter Tour 1996

Artist: Cluster
P: 1996
Cluster a band made up of the ground breaking electronic duo from Germany, Hans Joachim Roedelius & Dieter Moebius. This pair have never toured the U.S., this being the first I was thrilled to hear of this recording. This is a two CD set with each CD holding more than 75 minute of music each. The music ranges from Quiet background sounds to hardedged distorted guitar, with a little industrial thrown in. This music can be dream like or memory enhancing. Sit back and become one with the music, taking your own history along for the ride, with recollections of past and future, the dark and brooding, and the hopeful and inspiring. These disks contain it all. The electronic expertise, with the subtleties that come with maturity can be heard and seen in these performances.

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Cluster - Grosses Wasser

Artist: Cluster
P: 1979/ 2009
This release, produced by recently-departed ex-Tangerine Dream member Peter Baumann, is perhaps the best showcase of Cluster in all of their different styles. The first half seesaws back and forth between a Teutonic, motoric style that Cluster hadn't entertained since their 1974 "Zuckerzeit" album and the post-Harmonia simplistic, neo-classical stylings found on "Sowiesoso" and their work with Brian Eno. But the second half...the title track...is a landmark work that combines a sweeping, soundtrack-like sensibility with ambient electronics and 'radiospiel'-like effects to create perhaps their ultimate studio composition. This album perhaps better than any other shows off what Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius are capable of. Essential.

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Cluster - Japan 1996 Live

Artist: Cluster
P: 1997
Cuts from the concerts in Tokyo and Osaka, June 1996.
"Japan 1996" is a fantastic acoustic/electronic work that demands to be heard by anyone that likes their 70s work, as well as new fans from the IDM/electro camps.

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Cluster - Japan Live
Artist: Cluster
P: 1997 / 2015
This album features live recordings from concerts in Osaka and Tokyo from 1996. Tracing the arc of suspense in these improvisations, the equanimity and nuance which Roedelius and Moebius bring to their music becomes apparent, engendering a positive sense of excitement in the conscientious listener. Our reissue is a new, reworked version. (Originally released 1997 under the title "Japan 1996 live".) New artwork. 
 
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Cluster - Kollektion 06:1971-1981
Artist: Cluster
P: 2016
Less than a year after Bureau B released 1971-1981, a monumental box set compiling the first eight Cluster albums along with a disc of previously unreleased live material, the label released a condensed, single-disc version as part of its Kollektion series. Kollektion 06 was compiled by John McEntire, best known for his involvement (either as a musician or producer/engineer) with Tortoise, Stereolab, Trans Am, and other groups that made Krautrock groups like Cluster hip names to drop back in the '90s. Boiling such a sprawling, diverse body of work into a single hour doesn't seem like an easy task, especially when it ranges from shorter, more accessible tunes to sprawling, side-long space jams. There's only room for one or two cuts per album, and a few pieces appear in edited form, such as the glorious, bizarre title track to Grosses Wasser (McEntire cuts to the part with the slow panned drums and bells). Fans could argue to kingdom come about which tracks should've been included, or which are better or more representative of the group's discography, but ultimately, it's hard to go wrong with any selection of tracks from these albums. McEntire's selection isn't chronological, and it doesn't really seem to place a focus on any one facet of Cluster's work -- there's plenty of Hans-Joachim Roedelius' pleasant music box melodies, there are some more downcast moments from the group's collaborations with Brian Eno, there are pleasantly dazed motorik synth pop cuts from Zuckerzeit, and there are excerpts of some of the group's more out-there excursions. It's certainly easy to hear why these are McEntire's favorite Cluster songs -- this practically sounds like a CliffsNotes for the Tortoise catalog as well as Cluster's. For anyone who hasn't plunged into Cluster's discography yet, this is a useful sampler.
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Cluster - One Hour

Artist: Cluster
P: 1994
This is a liverecording with new material, recorded in Vienna 1994. One long track, full of different soundcluster. No special line to be seen within this music, most of the parts have no relationship. But if you like Clusters sound from the 70ies, you will definatly find something here.

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Cluster - One Hour

Artist: Cluster
P: 1994 / 2007
This is the Japan version with cardboard sleeve.
This is a liverecording with new material, recorded in Vienna 1994. One long track, full of different soundcluster. No special line to be seen within this music, most of the parts have no relationship. But if you like Clusters sound from the 70ies, you will definatly find something here.

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Cluster - QUA
Artist: Cluster
P: 2010
Qua is an album which smoothly and consistently eludes the grasp, despite its looped repetitions; never settles long enough to invite easy comparison. From the babbling bass brooks of Gissander to the snaking, slippery shuffle of Malturi Sa, it hovers between the liquid and the gaseous. Formalt, throbbing and oozing, seems constantly on the point of fading out but persistently fails to do so symbolic, perhaps, of the sheer, abiding qualities of both Cluster and the German music scene which first buoyed them up back in the early 70s.

Recorded Nov. 2008 at Seventh Chance Studio - Maumee, Ohio
Music by - Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Producer - Tim Story

 

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Cluster - Sowiesoso

Artist: Cluster
P: 1976
Sowiesoso, which means 'any way way' was released in 1976. This album was recorded during a particularly fruitful time in Berlin history, before each artist began their solo careers, starting in 1978 and 1983, respectively. The album's first track presents the formant for the subsequent pieces - simple synthesizer-based sound paintings that stay close to their origianl structure. One could even say that they are "static". But the way that Cluster blends different organ, piano, and synth lines together into an overall sonic background is simply masterful. Listen to the sense of depth in the title track, or in "Zum Wohl". In this particular track, for example, the band creates, through the subtle use of bird sounds, the effect of playing the song deep inside a forest. Then there is also the final track on the CD, which is unbelievalby slow, while not seeming to be. It is interesting to note what was going on with other musicians at the time; for example, Eno, while not working on any particular project in '76, had just released his "Discreet Music" album. And Tangerine Dream was recording "Stratosfear" ( the second track of which sounds quite a lot like some of the stuff on "Sowiesoso"). I would recommend this album to anyone interested either in Eno or TD, as well as some of the other german groups (Kraftwerk, etc) or the early works of Steve Roach ("Structures from Silence"). Or of course, to anyone who likes a good piece of music.

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Cluster - USA Live
Artist: Cluster
P: 1997 / 2015
Cluster (Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius) are considered pioneers of electronic music and key Krautrock protagonists. In the late 1960s, together with Konrad Schnitzler as the trio Kluster, they changed the world of music for ever with their radical improvisations. Having split from Schnitzler, Moebius and Roedelius continued as Cluster, releasing eight further milestones of electronic and ambient music up until 1981, two of them with Brian Eno. In 1990 they returned to the fray with their "Apropos" album. Halfway through the decade they toured Japan (see below) and the USA. The US live recordings released in 1997 on Purple Pyramid as a double CD (entitled "First Encounter Tour") have been reworked and reselected in collaboration with the musicians.
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Cluster - Zuckerzeit

Artist: Cluster
P: 1974 / 2007
Originally released in 1974, Zuckerzeit (Moebius & Roedelius )marked a turning point for these seminal German space rockers. Recorded shortly after their move away from the metropolis of Berlin, it sees some of the abrasiveness of their earlier material slightly diffusing. With the addition of proto drum machines and the producing talents of Michael Rother, their sound here, while remaining firmly in anchored in experimental territory, has more pop sensibility.

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