Roedelius Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978

Norman Records has released Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978, by  pioneering German electronic artist Hans-Joachim Roedelius.

Roedelius is best known for his work with Cluster and Harmonia, but he has also had an active solo career and collaborations with Brian Eno and others.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

A distillation of the highlights of the 2014 compilation originally released in 2014 as 3LP + 3CD box set, comprising an audio ‘sketchbook’ of German electronic music composer Hans-Joachim Roedelius during the so-called ‘Forst years’ working closely with Cluster and Harmonia.

Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978 boils the set down to an easily digestible single-disc release.

You can preview the album below:

6 thoughts on “Roedelius Tape Archive Essence 1973-1978

  1. Sounds like someone trying a new synth on Youtube.

    I always wonder why sometimes artists release old recordings recovered in their cabinet and completely forget, why they had decided NOT to release them in the past…..

    1. Pretty dismissive of someone that has a lifelong commitment to music and a great legacy. I always wonder when someone is being an ass to another artist why they don’t post a link to their own music so we can make a comparison? Where’s the work wok?

      1. Roedelius had a lot to do with both the Berlin Sound and ambient. Many from Kraftwerk to Bowie to Klaus Schulze have named him as a big influence. If you’re more into neon EDM, no, you may not be wild for a guy who paints with watercolors and that’s okay. Just don’t dismiss the pioneers too easily. They had to live with stone-aged gear and still made things work. We live in THEIR “space-age.” Read about the guy’s history here. You’ll be amazed that he’s kept at it after all that.

        https://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/roedelius-selbstportrait-wahre-liebe/

    2. it was the early 70’s! in the era of prog rock indulgence this was revolutionary. Sure this is a “for the heads” release but im one of them! Cluster/Harmonia/Roedelius changed my life.

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