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Cluster 71 CD

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  • Audio CD (13 Dec. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Bureau B
  • ASIN: B0045WKFTU
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Monolithic particle generators emit insect chat to the skies, while adjacent cloud territories lie pregnant with oscillating womb throb. Welcome to the sound of Berlin 1971: transcendental proto-techno conjured by Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Conny Plank (who’d only be on board for this album). Moebius and Roedelius had previously fussed up a discordant industrial clatter with Conrad Schnitzler in Kluster, but now they were seeking softer cosmic atmospheres, though clearly not at the expense of their indefatigable sense of the surreal. Indeed, several times during these three expansive electronic sprawls it’s as if the Mahars – a race of over-sized flying lizard telepaths from 1976 sci-fi film At the Earth’s Core – were encouraged to conduct their conversations at the heart of the swirling synthetic nimbus, employing a disconcerting range of high-pitched wails and yodelled yelp. But amid the madness were sown seeds of future creation.

At one stage towards the end of the second track (all are untitled) Wolfgang Voigt appears to have stumbled into the studio, underpinning the throng of pitch-shifted sine waves and attendant engine roar with an amplified and propulsive heart pulse. Only this beat was struck a quarter of a century before the first Gas long-player was released.

Of course, this stuff has also blown the minds of Brian Eno, John Foxx and members of Coil. But now a new global network of synth-powered cosmonauts has risen to prominence. From Emeralds and Oneohtrix Point Never to Mountains, Astral Social Club and the Ghost Box imprint, each owes a colossal debt to Cluster and this album in particular. Far from providing mere background ambience, Cluster 71’s (the original release dispensed with the numerals) rolling waves of hypnosis are continually exposed to perforation by disorienting surges of energy, imparting wake-up calls to comfort.

New age elevator music? No chance. There’s too much going on here. There’s too much experimentation, too much expression. That’s why, after more than 30 years, Cluster and this wondrous album continue to enchant and inspire.

--Spencer Grady

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I have given this five stars - but let me be clear and say that really there's no way to measure the "music" on this one. In fact, argument could be made that it's not "music" at all, but rather a wall of sounds like the echoes of an industrial revolution.

I wouldn't ordinarily even bother to comment, but when I looked this up on Amazon no-one had left a review, and that's a pity because - some time one day in the dim distant future - someone might stumble upon this listing and wonder: "What's that like?"

And the fact is, it's not like ANYTHING. While Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream were also making some rather radical Krautrock around this time, only Cluster it seems went for something that was totally beyond the boundaries of what constituted "music". This album is, basically, combination of sounds, rather than notes. It's all quite mechanical, noisy, and metallic. Machines groan, moan, and shudder. The structure is to have no structure, but don't confuse this with improvisation that bends the rules of the styles it's based upon, or stretches the instruments. This one breaks all the rules, and a kitchen sideboard can serve as an instrument.

I'm not sure what else to say. Tangerine Dream's Electronic Meditation won't prepare you for this. Klaus Schulze' Irrlicht won't. Stockhausen's experiments won't. The closest I could name - though it does it scant justice - is Lou Reed's Metal Machine Music. Though this (Cluster 71) is much much better.

Will you like this? Well, I don't mind saying I do. So if you're in a really adventurous mood, you might too. if nothing else you can ue it to convince your friends that you really have gone mad.
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I bought this album on a hunch, having never heard Cluster (although I had heard Harmonia) before. However enthralled I was by "Musik von Harmonia"'s charm, this came as a complete suprise. I knew that it was going to be pretty weird machine music but I thought it might build up to some melody.
I was wrong.
My first thoughts were "My washing machine can makes these kind of noises" and "Phhh! What were they thinking"
This was only enhanced by the stupid CD booklet. Coming from the typically uncaring view of the American record label was what is basically a FAQs booklet.
Sporting questions like "Is this really music?" and "Why don't the tracks have names" and, most annoyingly of all; "What color [yes, the American spelling] is this music".
Sorry, have I missed something, music has a colour now!? The answer is apparently "Grey" and it goes on to explain that the original record label, Phillips "dressed it up in fancy clothes [cover art]".
What a load of tosh. There is a tiny section on credits that gives Moebius organ and various electronic treatments and Roedelius the same + slide guitar and cello.
Not even a morcel on what the musicians were doing at the time, why Schnitzler left etc.
Moving on to the music, it is basically a continued series of interuption of repeated electronic throbs with other electronic throbs, oh, and slide guitar and cello occasionally.
The one good thing provided by the booklet is the intended track names, which were abandoned as an artistic statement they are:

Dance of the Lemmings
Phallus Dei
Psychonaut

Track 1 (Dance of the Lemmings) is the most accessable (only by a very small margin as none of these are part of the hit parade) starting with a guitar pulse/repeadedly plucked string.
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Originally released in 1971 (as it's noted). I've never seen or even heard of this reissue CD until recently. Looks to have been put out between the time that Kluster's '70 'Klopfzeichen' and '71's 'Eruption' had seen the light of day. Oh, trust me on this but 'Cluster '71' holds up to it's name, from every standpoint. Three untitled tracks (as Kluster is known for). It's obvious that members Dieter Moebius and Jiachim Roedelius had spent some time putting this much-appreciated ambient / krautrock effort together. Thought that all three of these tunes served their purpose well. Maybe save some of your best stash for this one. An absolute should-have.
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I haven't heard the earlier Kluster recordings with Conrad Schnitzler, but I suspect they were probably as 'difficult' as 'Cluster '71'. This is a world away from the third album 'Zuckerzeit' and a fair distance from the bridging album 'Cluster II'. The three untitled tracks consist mainly of improvised electronics around pulsing wave rhythms with some barely recognisable guitar. There is no suggestion of melody, rather the sounds you might hear in a factory. In short, these are relatively inaccessible recordings that require patience. The first track is the outstanding one. It seems to have more shape and coherence than the other two which you can listen to many times before getting a fix on them.

Just a note about the claim in another review that the tracks originally had titles. What the sleevenotes actually say is that Cluster decided not to use mickey-taking titles like other German instrumental outfits, citing three titles of albums by other bands. Not a good place to start an exploration of the genre but one to venture further along the journey.
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