Interview with

Hans-Joachim Roedelius / Cluster

Roedelius – The Diary Of The Unforgotten/Selbstportrait VI was released at April 23th, 2010 on Bureau B.
A beautiful collection of recordings from 1972 to 1978, first released in 1990 (with different artwork). „Selbstportrait VI“ contains compositions Roedelius did in addition to his work with Cluster, Harmonia and Brian Eno in the legendary Forst years. In the booklet Roedelius looks back on this personal and artistical important period of his life. He explains the magic of the idyllic place and its influence on his music.

Facts

1: Der Mensch  ist ja  zugleich der Macher und Produkt des von ihm Gemachten, ist das Medium, durch welches das Gemachte Wirkung zeigt , wobei sich ihm in und mit  der Ausfaltung seines Bewusstseins darüber, dass  und  wie diese Kräfte ihn zu  Erkenntnis  befähigen, offenbart, mit  welcher Unausweichlichkeit er ins Wechselspiel  seiner  Hand lungen  und  Reflektionen  und die sich darin verselbstständigende  Logik   eingespannt  ist, wie  sehr  er  sich  aber auch  darauf verlassen kann,    dass  seine  sich  permanent selbst  amplifizierende   Denkleistung,   ihm immer wieder neue  Pforten  zu einem immer  besseren Verständnis seiner selbst öffnet, sodass  sich  seine Wahrnehmung  in  immer  komplexeren, der  weiteren Vergänzlichung seines Weltbildes  dienenden, Werken verfeinern kann.

2: Liebe
dass dich die Liebe berühre
dass sie durch`s Dasein dich führe
dass du ein Eigenstes spürest
dass du die Einheit erführest
dass du die Kreise durchschreitest
dass du den Weg vorbereitest
dass du des and ern gedenkest
dass du dein Bestes herschenkest
dass dich die Liebe berühre
dass man durch dich Liebe spüre

3: „The money power preys upon the nation in times of peace and conspires against it in times of adversity. It is more despotic than monarchy, more insolent than autocracy, more selfish than bureaucracy. I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its REIGN by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hand s and the Republic is destroyed.“ / Abraham Lincoln after the National Banking Act of 1863 was passed

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Life itself in all its different moments/aspects. 

How and when did you get into making music?
Between 1966 and 1969 just trying to find out whether this is it and it was it.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
Do you mean my / our own albums ?

What do you associate with Berlin?
My hometown which I still love very much even so I’m not living there anymore since about 40 years. Lots of green, a lot of lakes, on which I often in the past was rudering in a boat, the three rivers, the atmosphere  the open minded people, their creativity and flexibility etc. pp.

What’s your favourite place in your town?
Die Pfaueninsel !

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
I would create it !

What was the last record you bought?
I don’t remember, but in general I don’t buy music anymore, I have to work on music a lot.

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Still with  my friend / collegue Dieter Moebius, but I work constantely with many musicians / collegues from all over the globe on different projects such as Clementine Gasser, Bernadette Reiter, Tim Story, Dwight Ashley, Stephan Steiner, Albin Paulus, Stefan Schneider and others.

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Oh my god, after 40 years on the road, how should I remember ?

How important is technology to your creative process?
It’s part of the game, but not the most important. 

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
I’m my own sibling and one of the two that I am is often jealous about when the other easily get’s to something nice without much effort.

Our Favourites: 1981 Curiosum  | Osaka Muse Hall |  Breitengrad 20

Links: bureau-b.com |  roedelius.com

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