Boomkat Product Review:
First in a series of reissues commemorating Dieter Mobious’ passing in summer 2015.
“Typical for an oeuvre characterized by understatement, Moebius named Blotch after a mere dab of paint. Nevertheless, this record marks a turning point in his work. From this album onward, up until his death in the summer of 2015, he focused increasingly on his solo work, enabling audiences to examine his music separately and microscopically. Blotch is far removed from the ease that defines Tonspuren. Its tracks feel like loop-based sketches, which stoically delve into experimental sonic atmospheres -- seasoned with snippets of speech -- that hypnotize the listener with the smallest of variations and embellishments.
The surprising 11-minute track "Kohlzug" sticks out, with a no wave saxophone that suggests a decelerated version of Ted Milton's jazz-punk. Sonically, Blotch is clearly a product of its time; Moebius used an E-mu Orbit 9090 sound module and the then-current Korg Prophecy solo synth. This pioneering digital synthesizer was among the first to provide various algorithms and modes of synthesis to mimic the sounds of analog synthesizers in detail. Moebius recorded his tracks with a Yamaha eight-track recorder.
The mastering was completed by the renowned American composer and ambient veteran Tim Story at his studio in Ohio. Story, who also produced Cluster's final album, Qua, in 2009, himself contributed some atmospheric highlights using a prepared piano, a heavily processed steel guitar, and a piano miniature on closer "Balistory." Blotch is a turning point in the work of Dieter Moebius, and his late solo work holds some very exciting releases in store. While its predecessor, Tonspuren, was marked by an erratic lightness and an exhilarating sweetness in the elektrokraut style of NEU! and Harmonia, Blotch marks a late revival of the somewhat more oblique and experimental early work of Cluster.”