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Hans-Joachim Roedelius — Kollektion 02
(Bureau B BB 187, 2014, CD / LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-01-09

Kollektion 02 Cover artTo commemorate Roedelius’ eightieth birthday on October 26, 2014, Bureau B released two compilations of this influential German artist’s work: the present Kollektion and a massive three LP set drawn from his tape archives from 1973 to 1978. Kollektion 2, compiled by British synthesist Lloyd Cole, who has recently been working with Roedelius, is somewhat of a Best of Roedelius compilation. Lloyd carefully listened to all of Roedelius’ recorded output from the past 40 years and chose his favorite tracks. Lloyd did not restrict himself to Roedelius’ solo work, but included Kluster and Cluster as well. I am not completely familiar with all of Roedelius’ work, but I know that two of the tracks on this disc, “Johanneslust” and “Langer Atem,” are from the Begegnungen albums with Cluster and Eno. The music on this disc runs the gamut from pleasant and melodic pieces to “musical box” tunes to dreamy floating music. Since each track was lovingly handpicked for this compilation, there are no low points and there are difficulties singling out exceptional tunes. I do find track 8, “Ampfer,” to be a bit different from the rest with its otherworldly ambiance evoking images of Harrison Ford at the piano in Bladerunner. All in all, Kollektion 2 is an excellent introduction for new listeners to one of electronic music’s most influential composers. And from this CD, the inquisitive listener can launch off into the rest of Roedelius’ massive musical output.

Filed under: Archives, 2014 releases

Related artist(s): Brian Eno, Cluster / Kluster / Qluster, Hans-Joachim Roedelius

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