MUELLER ROEDELIUS

Sec­ond col­lab­o­ra­tion from krautrock pi­o­neer and Gotan Project founder.

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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.

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