Cluster is a German experimental musical group who influenced the development of contemporary popular electronic and ambient music. They have recorded albums in a wide variety of styles ranging from experimental music to progressive rock, all of which had an avant-garde edge.
Cluster has been active since 1971, releasing a total of 13 albums. Musician, writer and rock historian Julian Cope places three Cluster albums in his Krautrock Top 50 and “The Wire” places Cluster’s self-titled debut album in their “One Hundred Records That Set The World On Fire”.
New Cluster Album Cover QUA
After a decade long hiatus Cluster reunited in April, 2007. They were selected to perform on June 15, 2007 at the opening of documenta 12, a major exhibition of modern and contemporary art held every five years in Kassel, Germany. In late 2007 Cluster performed at concerts across Europe and will return to the United States for the first time since their 1996 First Encounter tour in 2008.
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About new album QUA:
A new Cluster album is always full of surprises. That hasn‘t changed over the last 35 years. QUA is written with the typical, slightly scrawly hand of Cluster but, to stay within the metaphor, the musical text now is completely new. 17 rhythmic and harmonic miniatures with mysterious titles pass by the listener like a toy caravan of dark, fast camels, loaded with alien and precious drams – or is it a mere Fata Morgana? Cluster throw fl ashes of light on a far but not completely foreign world; outlines sharpen, contours take and immediately lose shape and again new images arise…memories, but of what, when, who?
QUA is a multi-coloured picture book, an audio book, which leaves open space wherein fantasy may roam freely in any direction until touching long forgotten dreams. Roedelius and Moebius are once again opening doors for us to walk through where we can interpret for ourselves what is there. Whether drawn in pastel or strong colours, this art of vagueness, these elusive sketches, occupy enough adhesion to become solid – to become real – and, after all, reality becomes more fantastic with the music of Cluster.
Dieter Moebius & Hans-Joachim Roedelius / Photo by Mirko Mielke
Cluster LIVE in Berlin
Volksbühne / Linienstraße 227 / 10178 Berlin
20.30 Public Viewing / Spiel um Platz 3
23.15 CLUSTER (Klangbad, Baden bei Wien / Berlin)
00.30 VON SPAR
01.45 THOMAS FEHLMANN (Kompakt, The Orb, Oceanclub)
23.00 DJ MONOKID
02.00 – Ende DJ MONOKID
23.00 – Ende DJ SABINE MACHINE & DJ FETT