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Sowiesoso

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This fantastic 1976 album follows on from CLUSTER's most highly acclaimed album 'Zuckerzeit'. More than any other of their albums, 'Sowiesoso' represents the utopian vision of HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS and DIETER MOEBIUS

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  • Audio CD (January 22, 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bureau B
  • ASIN: B002P3BAU4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,686 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Elan on September 2, 2015
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Great album. Thanks.
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This is my very first Cluster album, got it on vinyl and I'm so glad I did. This music is so very simple yet complex all at the same time. I think the vinyl format gives it a much warmer sound and adds greatly to the complexity. If you've never heard a Cluster record before this is a great one to start with and Zuckerzeit would be an excellent second. The tonalities and themes are quite timeless and the music is very pure in its experimentalism...the true nature of German classic electronic music.
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Cluster deal with organic, analogue sounds - ones that ooze and tremble akin to the noises that Brian Eno and Robert Fripp worked with together in England, sounds which are inherently pleasant and soothing. They structure these sounds, on this record, into pieces which mimic classical and chamber music, with a different set of voices. I find the structures unsatisfying, overly static, and old-fashioned.
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Originally released in 1976, 'Sowiesoso' is apparently German for 'Any Way Way'. Cluster, by this point was stripped down to a duo, Dieter Moebius - synthesizer & keyboards and Hans - Joachim Roedelius - producer, audio generator & effects. 'Sowiesoso' is quite far fetched from most any other CD I've ever heard. I would best tag them as good electronic krautrock. The tunes that I thought stood out were "Dem Wanderer", "Zum Wohl", the title cut "Sowiesoso" and the atmospheric "In Ewigkeit". Those last two I just mentioned runs over seven minutes. If you ask me,this sort of music is tailor-made for such lengthy tracks. Recommended, that is if you're a fan of this sort of work.
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By rubidium84 on December 11, 2002
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Sometimes I run across a record that needs no other justification for it's existence than that it SOUNDS good. Sometimes I think people get too involved with the "importance" or "significance" of a musical work, so that they ignore the fact that the music is just plain good. This record is'nt groundbreaking, or visionary (not even for the musicians involved, it's just the logical conclusion of the ideas first presented in "Zuckerzeit") - but it is essential, because it is good.
The album's first track presents the formant for the subsequent pieces - simple synthesizer-based sound paintings that stay close to their origianl structure. One could even say that they are "static". But the way that Cluster blends different organ, piano, and synth lines together into an overall sonic background is simply masterful. Listen to the sense of depth in the title track, or in "Zum Wohl". In this particular track, for example, the band creates, through the subtle use of bird sounds, the effect of playing the song deep inside a forest. Then there is also the final track on the CD, which is unbelievalby slow, while not seeming to be.
It is interesting to note what was going on with other musicians at the time; for example, Eno, while not working on any particular project in '76, had just released his "Discreet Music" album. And Tangerine Dream was recording "Stratosfear" ( the second track of which sounds quite a lot like some of the stuff on "Sowiesoso").
I would recommend this album to anyone interested either in Eno or TD, as well as some of the other german groups (Kraftwerk, etc) or the early works of Steve Roach ("Structures from Silence"). Or of course, to anyone who likes a good piece of music.
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