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Cluster 71 [Vinyl]
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For those of you that are curious, Reodelius and Moebius would go on to form the group Harmonia. Their album Deluxe (1975) is very enjoyable and synth heavy too.
36 years later, "Cluster 71" still sounds almost unlike anything from the period. It's also hard to believe that none of the soundscpaes heard on this album were made with a single synthesizer. Only electronic organs, a Hawaiian guitar and various electronic devices and amplifiers were used.
Right from the start, this album hits a person in the face with the full-blown industrial attack of the 15-minute opening track all the way through the 21-minute closing piece. The music gives the impression that it was recorded in a large industrial plant with various machines performing their own sounds. This is especially apparent in the album's final piece.
There really isn't anything that "Cluster 71" can be compared to (except for maybe Tangerine Dream's "Nebulous Dawn" from their 1972 classic "Zeit"). This album really takes on a life of its own once it hits the ears and is an amazing and somewhat frightening journey into the world of surreal sounds. As time would go on, Cluster would slowly begin to leave their abrasive soundscapes behind them opting for a more melodic and quiet approach. This album shows Cluster at the beginning though - a fresh duo of individuals who weren't afraid to experiment on all four cylinders and successfully pulling out all the stops in the end.
Cluster sets up white noise, and inserts sounds into it. They take their time, and their pieces are sonic shape shifters. Formless, they create their own form, and these mold to the curves of your ears, always changing, subltle shifts that bend into new ways to hear the same noise.
This music is totally subconsious, and will get into mind if you are listening or not. It becomes part of the environment, like passing cars, or paint.
You need to play this often to get the full impact of what Cluster is offering--the music of non-music. This music has no rhythmic impulse whatsoever.
But listen, or don't listen, and this will have an impact, before you know it.
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Sure there's enough for ambient enthusiasts/historians to get excited about, but by the time the third and longest track is over, innovative synthetic soundscapes... Read more
Easily my favorite Cluster album and one of the best '70's German albums, in my opinion. When it starts, you are transported to a dark, foreboding realm - this is surreal,... Read morePublished on October 6, 2008 by Chris Carter
Cluster was one of those groups that I've been long aware of been not until now that I tried anything from them. Read morePublished on November 19, 2007 by BENJAMIN MILER
I first heard of Cluster through the prized Eno connection. It turned out that Eno worked with these German kosmichemusik maestros way back in the 1970s when the great music genre... Read morePublished on April 18, 2007 by Zak
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