Roedelius — Selbsportrait 6: Diary of the Unforgotten
(Curious Music CURIO 4, 1978/1995, CD)
by Mike Ezzo, Published 1996-03-01Roedelius has been quietly producing his unmistakingly original music for a long time now. And it's high time that he be given the kudos lauded upon his parent group. Yes, I am aware that Cluster was "innovative," "groundbreaking," etc. So was John Cage! Does that necessarily engender a pleasant listening experience? Between 1973 and 1978 Roedelius lived in a forest village in Germany. Here, when not busy with Harmonia's second, he produced five works of reflective, impressionistic material utilizing only the most primitive technology: Farfisa organ, tone generator, tape-delay system, and sheer imagination. The result, the Selbsportrait series, was his most idiosyncratic work. Now, thanks to Curious Music, we are treated to a sixth, collected from the same period. You won't be bludgeoned or dazzled by this music. It may do little for you unless you sit down and let the cascading soundscapes insinuate. Serene, yet odd and quirky; unassuming yet unpredictable, his compositions embrace contrast and irony in a way that is organic, and chillingly unforced. Roedelius' music is always changing and always the same. What more representative a work from his busy career than Selbsportrait 6? This could have been recorded yesterday. Timeless. Classic.
Related artist(s): Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more