Boomkat Product Review:
Fascinating collection of advanced minimalist concrete and collage experimentation by former Kraftwerk member and guitar/electronics virtuoso Klaus Roder.
He's best known for his work on Kraftwerk's classic 'Autobahn' LP, but here Klaus showcases his intriguing solo endeavours, ranging from disciplined dynamic minimalist arrangements to plunderphonic cut-ups of children singing and German pop hits of the 1970s and 1980s nodding to the work of NWW or Anton Bruhin's brut masterpiece 'InOut'. Klaus is described as often working with "very small sound particles" in a form of concrete or sample-based composition, structuring his music at an atomic scale of process.
Side A of 'Kristallisationen' features two of his more electronic works; from 1980 the sparse and elegant contours of 'Zehn zu Elf zu Zwölf' created using his self-built Impulse Generator and sounding not dissimilar to some rhythmic early Varese experiment, besides the more tonal 'Kristallisationen 4' from 1991, and strongly reminding of KFW's amazing 'Disingenuity' LP for Pan. B-side finds the more playful assembly of Yamaha DX 802, bluesy fiddle and the sound of kids crying and singing cut-up to disorienting effect, besides a more surreal bit of plunderphonics, cutting, warping and splicing German pop tracks into a fractal tract recalling the likes of Black To Comm and NWW.
As it goes, it's not all so academic sounding either, with plenty of humour and attention to detail to keep us riveted for the duration at least, especially with his razor sharp edits in the last. Incredible album - highly recommended.