Thursday, May 25, 2006

Cluster

In a somewhat different vein from the minimalism and maximalism that has dominated my posts recently, I bring you Cluster. Sometimes grouped in with the Krautrock movement in Germany, I find the tag kosmische music more appropriate. In my limited understanding of German I believe it better describes the ambient tendencies these guys had in contrast to the metronomic insistance of most krautrock. In any case, Cluster went through many periods from pure ambient noise to an almost dub influenced sound. Cluster also had many illustrious collaborators. They worked with Michael Rother from Neu on a project called Harmonia and with Eno on a series of albums during his Berlin period (which was around the time he worked with Bowie on Low).

Cluster - Im Suden (from Cluster II)

Cluster - Hollywood (from a great Tigersushi comp called More MGM which also has Maurice Fulton and Metro Area) Update: {This file got weird and I had to remove it, sorry.}

2 comments:

kek-w said...

Yeah, check early Cluster (or Kluster, as they were originally known), if you haven't already....Conrad Schnitzler's early 70s stuff: wow! he was the man....some of it's pretty noisy, almost Free Noise, TG 4 years before TG existed...

nice blog, btw...

hector23 said...

Thanks for the comments!