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As a true legend of German "progressive" electronic music, Hans Joachim Roedelius started his career in several underground but now classic 70's formations: Kluster (with Conrad Schnitzler and Dieter Moebius), Cluster (with Dieter Moebius). He also participated to the birth of post rock, ambient music with his project Harmonia. With his friend and musical partner Moebius he founded the emblematic "Zodiak Free Arts Lab" (a 70's Berlin underground place devoted to "happenings" and contemporary art). In his very prolific career he recorded numerous albums as soloist. His musical guideline is directly orientated to various explorations in sonic art and electronic realms. His musical work globally follows the evolution of electronic technologies. Consequently his first efforts are rather cosmic & avant-garde experimentations with proto-electronic motifs and vintage keyboards (by reference to his beginning with Kluster and Cluster). His works in solo explore the possibilities of new electronic equipments with samplings and digital collages.

His first personal album "Durch Die Wuste" (1978) features different compositions written for colourful ambient electronic textures, including a nice minimalist flavour. In 1979 he published "Jardin au Fou", then "Lustwandel" in 1981. Both provide complex electronic and melodic soundscapes. After a short break Roedelius released " Like The Whispering » in 1986, entirely built around the piano. At the beginning of the 90's he reformed Cluster with Moebius and published several consistent live albums: Apropos Cluster (1990) and lately Cluster Live in Japan 1996 and Cluster Live USA 1996.

Discographie :
Durch Die Wuste 1978
Jardin Au Fou 1979
Selbstportrait 1979
Selbstportrait II 1980
Selbstportrait III 1980
Lustwandel 1981
Wenn Der Sudwind Weht 1981
Offene Turen 1982
Selbstportrait IV 1982
Wasser Im Wind 1982
Auf Leisen Sohlen (Compilation) 1984
Gift Of The Moment 1984
Wie Das Wispern Des Windes 1986
Momenti Felici 1987
Weites Land 1987
Fortress Of Love 1989
Variety Of Moods 1990
Der Ohrenspiegel 1991
Piano Piano 1991
Friendly Game 1992
Cuando Adonde 1992
Fruhling 1992
Tace 1993
Sinfonia Contempora I 1994
Theater-works 1994
Selbstportrait VI 1995
61jahr Roedelius 1995
Lieder Vom Steinfeld 1995
Pink Blue And Amber 1996
Sinfonia Contempora II 1996
Aquarello 1998
Drive 1999
Lieder Vom Steinfeld Vol. II 1999
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3.20 | 5 ratings
Durch Die Wuste
1978
3.33 | 3 ratings
Jardin Au Fou
1979
3.13 | 5 ratings
Selbstportrait
1979
3.93 | 7 ratings
Lustwandel
1981
3.60 | 5 ratings
Wenn Der Südwind Weht
1981
0.00 | 0 ratings
Offene Türen
1982
3.67 | 3 ratings
Pink, Blue And Amber
1996
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gugging Album together with KAVA
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ex Animo
2010
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Reverso (with The Fratelli Brothers)
2011
4.00 | 2 ratings
king of Hearts
2012

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Works (1968-2005)
2006
4.00 | 1 ratings
Selected Pieces 1990 to 2011
2013

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 Ex Animo by ROEDELIUS, HANS JOACHIM album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Ex Animo
Hans Joachim Roedelius Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

— First review of this album —
4 stars 4.5 in fact!

Ex Animo, H.J. Roedelius's, 2010 album, makes it quiet clear, that his music can only be rated according to his own discography. This is how extensive, mature, and masterful, Roedelius's musical composition skills, have evolved, into more than strict Prog borderlines. This music has no limits but the ones he decides on.

Wide open inspiration, intriguing and masterful performances. Rich in instrumental arrangements and details, yet balanced toward simplicity. The songwriting is so perfect, it could survive without any of its decorations, that is why it feels so amazingly spacious, but so intimate and human at the same time.

The rating is the hard thing. Not for everyone (that explains the crowd), more for people who have at least a notion of this musician's value, and even better if you are not afraid of contemporary classic/electronic composers.

****4.5, "inches away of the next PA star",stars.

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 king of Hearts by ROEDELIUS, HANS JOACHIM album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 2 ratings

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king of Hearts
Hans Joachim Roedelius Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

4 stars It is more than clear that ROEDELIUS's music has evolved outside the "prog/electronic" music circuit he co-founded, some time ago. (Among many others of course). It has been a while since his explorations in music composition, lead to wider scopes that outrun specific taggins or labels.

In a few words, it has been a while since HANS JOACHIM ROEDELIUS, found his own, self aquired musical language. From then on, his works are hard to single tag.

"King of Hearts" is close to the so loved, here in PA, "contemporary classical music" canons (which are not neccessarily symphonic, although this work is full of them). And understanding, also of course, that classical music has been using "electronic gadgets" since 1922 (more or less).

A very intimate and expanding trip into the world of evocative and intriguing electro/acoustics. Hypnotic and haunting piano melodies, surrounded by imperceptible electronic atmospheres, that are enhanced by the whispers of an almost invisible flute or "robotic" voice offs, or a fiddle or harp or vibraphone, or a "dirty" electric guitar. or bass, leading their way here and there, adding touches of substance and beauty. Daring instrumental, almost symphonical pieces and arrangements, which close the gap between contemporary classical and experimental electronic music composition writing. Threaded by a mysterious environment, that makes the work itself so intimate, eerie and yet inviting.

As the rating goes: For Prog/audiophiles that "welcome" different pictures in their prog-ears. And of course for anyone who KNOWS, this musician's relevance to Prog as such.

****4.5 PA stars.

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 Lustwandel by ROEDELIUS, HANS JOACHIM album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.93 | 7 ratings

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Lustwandel
Hans Joachim Roedelius Progressive Electronic

Review by Neu!mann
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4 stars It's surprising how much can be said about the music of Hans-Joachim Roedelius, considering how little there sometimes is to the music itself. As one half of the legendary Berlin-based electronic duo known as CLUSTER, Roedelius helped to break down a lot of musical barriers. But in his own, ongoing solo career he subscribes to the old, established artistic notion that less is definitely more, and this 1981 album (beautifully produced by kindred spirit and ex-Tangerine Dreamer PETER BAUMANN) proves the point with an elegant economy of effort.

It's certainly the best introduction for newcomers to the vast library of his solo work, revealing yet another colorful side to the multi-faceted gemstone of German electronic music. While his erstwhile Cluster compatriot Dieter Mobius was busy with his energized, electro-dub deconstructions alongside ace producer Conny Plank, Roedelius was working to refine his already simple keyboard technique, here playing (for the most part) little more than a solo acoustic or electric piano, sometimes with sparse percussive accompaniment (likewise acoustic and / or electric).

But unlike the amniotic New Age ambience of his endless "Selbstportrait" series, there's more of an edge to this collection, with a level of melodic invention in some tracks surpassing many of his later albums in their entirety. You'll notice a striking resemblance to the intimate musical palette of Erik Satie (imagine the 19th century French pianist employing a mellotron in his "Trés Gymnopédies"), although at least one of the tracks, the stark medieval dirge of "Wilkommen", wouldn't sound out of place on an early GRYPHON recording.

Depending on how you choose to hear him, Roedelius is either a Krautrock minimalist, a neo-classical miniaturist, or just a dedicated keyboard doodler scribbling away quietly in the corners of his own little musical canvas. At a time (the early 1980s) when mainstream musical culture was fast becoming defined by arena-rock bombast and New Wave clichés, such introspective grace was (and still is) like a small breath of fresh air.

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 Lustwandel by ROEDELIUS, HANS JOACHIM album cover Studio Album, 1981
3.93 | 7 ratings

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Lustwandel
Hans Joachim Roedelius Progressive Electronic

Review by Zac M
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars It's a shame more people on the archives are not familiar with Roedelius' solo work. Lustwandel is IMO one of, if not, his best solo albums ever released. He uses a combination of acoustic piano, which I find quite wonderful, with various vintage synthesizers. The acoustic piano elements may be one reason why I prefer this to some of his other material.

If you are familliar at all with and appreciate the later Cluster material or the Begegnungen compilations (especially the Roedelius tracks), then you will probably enjoy this. To me, Roedelius was always the less avant garde of the two Cluster musicians, and both the Moebius solo albums (bar the Blue Moon Soundtrack) and Roedelius solo works reflect this idea. Some may say that Lustwandel is new age (although this would be considered more experimental), and they probably aren't very off in saying it. The difference between this and say, a later Vangelis or Yanni album, is that this is highly evocative and engaging, where some of the other more famous names in the genre produce vapid and lifeless material (that's not the case for all Vangelis albums, however).

The title track and "Legende" are probably my favorite pieces on the album, and to be honest there is no really bad track here. On "Wilkommen," Roedelius incorporates some Middle Eastern elements which seem a bit out of place, but it's definitely interesting. Like I said in the beginning of the review, I tend to prefer the acoustic tracks, but the electronic ones are very enjoyable nonetheless. This is a pretty mellow and soft effort in the vain of Sowiesoso. If you like Cluster, you'll probably like this; that is unless you only like the edgier, more experimental albums. I really enjoy it, and like I said this may be my favorite Roedelius solo effort so far, and IMO it's an excellent starting point, four stars.

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 Selbstportrait by ROEDELIUS, HANS JOACHIM album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.13 | 5 ratings

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Selbstportrait
Hans Joachim Roedelius Progressive Electronic

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Content Development & Krautrock Team

3 stars Published after "Jardin au fou" and "Durch die wuste", "selbstportrait" is actually the first effort released by Roedelius (Cluster) in solo. All the compositions have been written by the musician during late 70's Cluster sessions. The music in itself is an other exploration in electronic, pre-ambient "picture" music but really orientated to the most "mainstream" side of it. Consequently the album gets very refined moments and some boring, passable sequences. For fans of Cluster and the first German abstract electronic wave, the best composition is certainly "Girlande": a fresh, melodic organ manifestation with some Asian accents. The opening tune with its superposed synth, piano lines, floating throw the air provides a nice ambience. The only problem I see is the sound of the analog material used in it, the combination sounds "dated". The worst side of this album is the absolute "misplaced" romantic synth chord exercises on "Inselmoos". Behind "Prinzregent" perpetual electronic loops we can distinguish a nice, mysterious organ line. The inconvenient is the lack of diversity in the choice of electronic material which gives to the object a rather "weak", "linear" dimension. A rather monotonous album but a nice accompaniment for some winter days spent in solitude. Not fare from "Sowiesoso" by Cluster, but slightly less accomplished.

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