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Qua

ClusterAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 26, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nepenthe Music and Publishing
  • ASIN: B0028OA98E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Cluster Qua Klangbad/Broken Silence CD Hans-Joachim Roedelius was born in 1934, a few months before Elvis Presley. By 1938, he was already a child actor. Recently, as part of activities pertaining to his rejoining forces with Dieter Moebius to reactivate Cluster, he was spotted at an electronica club, DJing for two hours, long after younger, more fatigued patrons had taken to their beds. His own tirelessness is exemplary and evident on Qua, just one of his many recent collaborative releases. Qua is a tribute also to Krautrock s endless capacity to confound and shapeshift, rather than settle into retirement as a received and established set of musical tropes. Built around enigmatic pulses which patter like living organisms rather than with machine regularity (a scarcity of bass drums, hi-hats), Qua s titles are more like wordshapes Flutful , Ymstrob , à la Autechre, as if to reflect that they are hermetic, one-off creations signifying nothing other than their own, fleeting existence. Unlike Autechre, however, there are no sharp edges, hard lines or definite articles here, rather, gentle, harmonic contours, albeit taking constantly arresting and unexpected forms and colours. Qua is an album which smoothly and consistently eludes the grasp, despite its looped repetitions; never settles long enough to invite easy comparison. From the babbling bass brooks of Gissander to the snaking, slippery shuffle of Malturi Sa , it hovers between the liquid and the gaseous. Formalt , throbbing and oozing, seems constantly on the point of fading out but persistently fails to do so symbolic, perhaps, of the sheer, abiding qualities of both Cluster and the German music scene which first buoyed them up back in the early 70s. --David Stubs - The Wire

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5.0 out of 5 stars Simple Brilliance July 2, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I came into this album after only hearing a mite bit of what Cluster had produced in the 70's. I was immediately captured by their sound, as it was seemingly the beginning of the ambient/experimental music that I have been obsessed with these days. Upon first listening to their 2009 release, I am certain that these guys are some of the most important musical minds of the last 50 years (at least for me). It amazes me that Cluster has released such a unique album after all (and I mean ALL) of the years of writing music. I always thought that after being at it for so long, a "kraut rock" group was supposed to move on to New Age music! Apparently not these guys.

At first glance, the music in Qua felt to be like a minimal "world" music, but as I listen more and more, it is indeed very other worldly. It is atmospheric, to be sure, but beyond simple background music (a term that I have never been a fan of). The subtle textures developed through an immense knowledge of analog synths combines with very restrained percussive elements, and the songs tend to pulsate, inflate, and deflate rather than move from point A to point B. There is nothing more that I can say to describe the sound, but it seems to be very true to what the duo has always done, and that is record very innovative, provocative music.

Again, having known very little about Cluster when writing this review, I can at least say that as a fan of experimental music, as well as ambient, these guys get it. They have a very adventurous approach to music, and it really works. I find that with some experimental music, the songs seem to have little to say or accomplish. Much of today's avant garde evokes little emotion in me (it sometimes bores me to tears), and I have been searching for something much more lucious and dream-like. What a welcome album this is for me. I hope others will pick it up and enjoy it. There is just nothing else quite like it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Qua's a Treat! December 23, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to Cluster since the 70's and one cannot discount their influence on electronica music across the musical spectrum. Listen to bands like Mum. They've had a major influence on many including the inimitable Brian Eno as well. I was surprised to see a new album from these two musicians as it has been quite a long time.

If you are a fan of cluster I would say that you are NOT likely to be disappointed in this new collection of tunes. All their characteristic and unique approaches to sounds and compositional structure are there...updated with the various studio technologies now available with a computer and an iPod. Tim Story's production is spot on and he lets their creative juice flow forth.

What makes this so wonderful is Cluster still sound like Cluster and that quirky clock-not-working-quite-right approach to their music is still intact. The sounds sound fresh, unique and fun and it they create a unique sonic soup like no others. The album is a shining, intermittent LED flashlight on a rather bleak musical landscape signaling that there is still adventure and child like naivete to be had for those willing to take a listen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cluster - 'Qua' (Nepenth Music) 4 1/2 stars November 5, 2011
Format:Audio CD
First off I wanted to mention that it's inspiring to see that I am the fifth patron to review this independent-label released CD title. Truly, an out-standing 21st century Cluster effort. Better than I had anticipated. Total of seventeen songs that more than prove Cluster to still be a vital force in the electronic / experimental field. Tracks that did the most for me are "So Ney", the out-there "Protrea", "Malturi Sa", the seven-minute "Gissander", the quite creative "Curvtum", the wonderfully cosmic "Formalt" and "Imtrerion". Personnel: Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius - musicians / players and cover art Moebius & Tim Story. Only way one could ask for more is that if Conrad Schnitzler (R.I.P.) were able to reunite with these two to create a Kluster comeback CD, but that now of course is impossible. Still, highly recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cluster Once More September 17, 2009
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Very good effort by Moebius and Roedelius. Reminds me of the "Apropos Cluster" CD from 1990. Improvement over last couple of works. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The long run August 16, 2012
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Considering these guys are in their 70's and made a cd of this caliber... It does not happen-it
rarely happens. That they made it in Iowa with Tim Story producing-it's even harder to explain.
Track 2 would be perfect for ascending or descending a subway in Japan. Cluster fans don't pass on this.
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