Boomkat Product Review:
‘Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978’ is a vital dip into the intimate ambient depths of Hans-Joachim Roedelius’ archive circa his early years with Cluster & Harmonia - must check for fans of the most beautiful early ambient and kosmische electronics.
Distilled from the bigger 2014 boxset, this suite affords an absorbing audience with the pioneering composer at his contemplative and playful best, working in the pastoral fringe realms of krautrock and kosmiche where he effectively sketched out the frameworks that would endure to inform modern ambient musics.
Picking a bouquet of nine highlights from the highly sought-after boxset, Bureau B point to myriad subtle strains of Roedelius’ style during this pivotal era when his music would cross stylistic paths with everyone from Eno to Konrad Schnitzler and Holger Czukay and begin to inform reams of wide-eyed synth explorers to follow in its gently iridescent wake.
They all capture a fleeting moment or passage in time, capturing the artist in real-time flow at his organs and synths conjuring enchanting, mesmerising arp magick that sounds timeless and ancient yet futuristic in tone and brimming with melodic hope. Bureau B have done a smart job in compiling this beauty, highlighting some glorious work between the spongiform, swelling organ drones and burbling electronics of ’Nächtens In Forst (Bordun Mit Tongeneratoren)’, the colourful chronic cascade of ’Springende Inspiration (Harmonisches Skizze)’, and the exquisite pastoral romance of ‘Skizze 4 Von ‘By This River’, while the elegantly spaced out drive of ‘Rokkokko (Nicht Verwendetes Stück)’ clearly shows his prescience over so much minimal German techno.
Class, one-of-a-kind synth music.