Second collaboration from krautrock pioneer and Gotan Project founder.
For students of early electronic music, HansJoachim Roedelius requires little introduction. Suffice to say, his work in Cluster and Harmonia helped define the electronica, ambient and new age genres. Now in his 80s, Roedelius remains fascinated by the possibilities of sound. Enter Christoph H Müller, who first came to prominence in Gotan Project. Imagori II continues their exploration of the fusion zone between the organic and the synthetic, creating sound worlds that both pulse with life and glimmer inscrutably.
Each song is driven by the push and pull between acoustic sources such as piano, melodica and the human voice, and the digital processing that locates them in a modern electronic music context. For instance, the African thumb piano of Okapi competes with twittering synth lines, a pixellated simulacrum of the savannah, while the Rhodes and breathy vocal of Katrin Hahner on Fractured Being act as ghosts in the machine. The environmental ambient of Pentagramm conjures intimations of strange frequencies in the ether, and Monkey Talk is a sonic metaphor for our oversaturated times, the air humming with endless online chatter.