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Hans-Joachim Roedelius (born 26 October 1934) is a German experimental, ambient and electronic musician and composer. He is best known as a co-founder of the krautrock groups Cluster and Harmonia and for his work in the ambient jazz trio Aquarello.[1]

Hans-Joachim Roedelius
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Hans-Joachim Roedelius in 2007
Background information
Born (1934-10-26) 26 October 1934 (age 84)
OriginBerlin, Germany
GenresElectronic, krautrock, ambient, experimental, kosmische
Occupation(s)Musician, producer
InstrumentsSynthesizer, keyboards, piano, guitar
Years active1968 – present
LabelsBureau-B
Sky Records
Egg Records
Barclay Records
Multimood
Editions E'G
All Saints
Prudence
Klanggalerie
Rykodisc
Gyroscope
Polygram
Curious Music
Amadeo
Captain Trip Records, Grönland Records
Nepenthe Music
Fabrique Records
Psychonavigation Records, Transparency Record
Associated actsCluster
Harmonia
Aquarello
Kluster
Human Being
Qluster
Websiteroedelius.com

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BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

Roedelius was born on 26 October 1934 in Berlin, Germany.[2] He was an unwilling member of the German Youngsters in the Hitler Youth, membership being mandatory for all boys from the age of ten. He served two years in prison after the war when he attempted to defect from East Germany.[3] In the 1960s, he worked as a physical therapist and masseur.[4]

Kluster, Cluster and HarmoniaEdit

In 1968 Roedelius co-founded the music commune known as "Human Being" and co-formed Zodiak Free Arts Lab, the center of Berlin's Underground Culture at the time, with conceptual artist Conrad Schnitzler. He met Dieter Moebius at the Zodiak. In 1969 Roedelius, Schnitzler and Moebius formed Kluster. In 1971 Schnitzler left the group to start a long-running solo career and Moebius and Roedelius anglicised the band's name to Cluster. They signed first to Philips then to Brain.

In 1973 Roedelius and Moebius worked with Neu! guitarist Michael Rother under the name of Harmonia. Musik Von Harmonia was released on the back of a huge publicity campaign by Brain. Harmonia released one further album, 1975's Deluxe. Rother also co-produced the 1974 Cluster album Zuckerzeit. British musician Brian Eno, a fan of both Cluster and Harmonia, joined them for several jams, the result of which was released in 1997 as Tracks & Traces. Rother left Harmonia to pursue his solo career and Cluster returned to the studio to record Sowiesoso which was released on Sky Records. Brian Eno later worked on two albums with Cluster: 1977's Cluster & Eno and 1978's After the Heat, the latter of which gained the band much attention in the British music press. A further Cluster album produced by former Tangerine Dream member Peter Baumann Großes Wasser extended Cluster's music into long form.

Solo careerEdit

Roedelius' solo career began with Durch die Wüste in 1978 and then Jardin Au Fou in 1979. The first of the lengthy Selbstportrait series was released in 1979, being material done beside his work with Cluster and Harmonia, without the input of his collaborators. Mostly recorded on simple two-track equipment, the Selbstportraits make up the backbone of Roedelius' early solo recordings. Leaving Sky in 1982, his work took a more new-age style as he signed to Virgin's Venture sub-label. During this period, his best selling solo album Geschenk des Augenblicks – Gift of the Moment was released.

He was dropped by Venture in 1989 and began releasing on a variety of small labels. Sinfonia Contempora No. 2: La Nordica (Salz Des Nordens) was released in 1996. Also released in this period was Selbstportrait VI: The Diary of the Unforgotten, the first of the modern Selbstportraits. Now, rather than merely remastering the seventies tapes, Roedelius also played over them, the sound montage Homage á Forst samples many Harmonia and Cluster tracks into the mix.

21st centuryEdit

The turn of the century was Roedelius' most productive year, with no fewer than eight albums being released between 2000 and 2001. Reprising the Selbstportrait series for the seventh time in 2000, Roedelius composed entirely new tracks for the first time on Selfportrait VII: dem Wind voran – ahead of the wind. The new millennium also saw Roedelius begin to work with other, usually younger, musicians than he had done since the late eighties.

In the meantime, Cluster had reformed. 1990's Apropos Cluster was an update for the band, being a work of avant-techno not dissimilar in style to Großes Wasser. In 1996 Cluster embarked on two international tours, one of Japan and one of America. Cluster reunited again in 2007.

In November 2010 it was announced that Cluster had split up for the third time. In the official announcement, the split up was described as Moebius leaving the group. In the wake of this news, Roedelius announced that he was beginning a new project called Qluster, to follow on from Cluster and Kluster. The band is made up of Roedelius and accomplished electronic musician Onnen Bock with third member Armin Metz and released a trilogy consisting of "Rufen", "Fragen" and "Antworten" (Calling, Asking and Answering) in 2011.

DiscographyEdit

In Bands

In Human Being
In Kluster
In Cluster
In Harmonia
In Aquarello
In Global Trotters (Kenji Konishi, Susumu Hirasawa, Alquimia, David Bickley, Felix Jay, Alex Paterson)
In Qluster

Solo Work

Collaborations

With Brian Eno, Dieter Moebius and Michael Rother
With Brian Eno and Dieter Moebius
With Brian Eno and Dieter Moebius on Eno's solo album
With Alexander Czjzek
  • 1987 : Weites Land (studio album)
With Aqueous
With Richard Barbieri and Chianura
  • 1998 : T'ai (studio album)
With Alquimia
With Tim Story (sometimes collectively referred to as Lunz)
With Conrad Schnitzler
With Fabio Capanni, Felix Dorner, Hirishi Nagashima and Robin Storey
With Lynn
With Nikos Arvanitis
With Noh 1
  • 2003 : Imagine Imagine (soundtrack album, released as Roedelius and Fratellis)
  • 2009 : Fibre (studio album)
With Morgan Fisher
With David Bickley
With Kava
With Tim Story and Dwight Ashley
With Alessandra Celletti
With Christopher Chaplin
  • 2012 : King of Hearts (studio album)

With Andrew Heath and Christopher Chaplin

  • 2017 :Triptych in Blue (live album)
With Lloyd Cole
With Leon Muraglia
With Mateo Latosa and Cesar Gallegos (aka TKU Tecamachalco Underground)
  • 2016 : Latitudes (music installation for photography exhibition, 2014/studio album release, 2016)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Painting with Sound: The Life and Music of Hans-Joachim Roedelius by Stephen Iliffe. Foreword by Brian Eno – Meridian Music Guides 2003. ISBN 0-9545995-0-0
  2. ^ Baden bei Wien - Stadt der Musik (in German). Kral. 2007. pp. 85–. ISBN 978-3-902447-23-4.
  3. ^ Stubbs, Dusty (2015). Future Days: Krautrock and the Birth of a Revolutionary New Music. Melville. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Manual Therapy". frieze.com.
  5. ^ "kozek hörlonski | Projects: past forward - 100 Years Kunstverein Baden, 2016". kozek-hoerlonski.com. Retrieved 2017-02-20.

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