It’s a wonder that Hans-Joachim Roedelius has any time to eat his breakfast, much less travel thousands of miles to bestow on the American people his legendary brand of organic ambient music. Since the late 1960s, the 76-year-old Berliner has been relentlessly active in the German experimental and electronic music scenes, being one-half of a famously influential Krautrock duo (Cluster), collaborating with a number of noteworthy artists (like Brian Eno), and building an impressively deep solo discography. On October 25, Roedelius, alongside Stefan Schneider (Mapstation, To Rococo Rot), will be releasing another one of his collaborative albums, Stunden, which is due on Bureau B.
Taking the opportunity to sample a few of the tracks on the upcoming album, there’s a degree of purity in the production that separates itself from the enveloping soundscapes of more contemporary ambient artists. It’s like time-traveling back to the 1970s, when digital synthesizers were relatively unheard of and effects processing was kept to a comparative minimum. Ah, simplicity. Check out “Single Boogie” over at the Chocolate Grinder.
Additionally, October 1 marks the beginning of an extremely rare solo tour that, while not being terribly extensive, is worth highlighting simply because of Roedelius’ presence. Seriously, this sort of thing isn’t common. Check out the dates below.
01. Stunden I
04. Stunden II
05. Das Eine
06. Single Boogie
08. Stunden III
09. Boogie Drone
11. Upper Slaughter
10.01.11 - Asbury Park, NJ - All Tomorrow’s Parties (with Simeon of Silver Apples as ‘Silver Qluster’)
10.02.11 - Brooklyn, NY - Littlefield Performance + Art Space * ~
10.04.11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Cafe *
10.05.11 - Richmond, VA - Strange Matter * !
10.07.11 - The Grey Eagle - Asheville, NC * ^
10.08.11 - The Eyedrum - Atlanta, GA *
10.09.11 - Knoxville, TN - The Pilot Light *
10.12.11 - Velvet Lounge - Washington D.C. *
10.13.11 - Philadelphia, PA - M. Room *
10.15.11 - Woodcliff Lake, NJ - 1000 Pulses *
10.16.11 - Toronto, ON - The Garrison *
10.20.11 - Cincinnati, OH - The Mockbee *
10.23.11 - Portland, OR - Mt. Tabor Theater *
10.26.11 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord *
10.27.11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo *
10.28.11 - Asheville, NC - Moogfest #
~ PAK Big Band
! Head Molt
^ DJ Chris Ballard
# Lunzproject w/ Tim Story