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Artist: RODER, KLAUS
Title: Kompositionen 1981-1983
Format: LP
Label: Klaus Roder
Country: Germany
Price: $45.00
Original copies from 1983. "Born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1948, Klaus R�der has developed his interest in experimental music since the 1960s. He studied violin and piano, sound engineering, composition and guitar. He soon discovered a passion for manipulating tape sounds and synthesizers, which led him to even create his own custom-made instruments. He played in the free Jazz group Synthesis and also, during 1974, in Kraftwerk (he played guitar and violin on their classic Autobahn LP).

Röder also developed an interest in setting his own home studio to produce his own solo recordings, which have been collected and releases in two privately pressed LPs, Elektronische Kompositionen and Kompositionen 1981-1983, plus a further one, Kristallisationen, on the Planam label." - Wah Wah. Roder anthology forthcoming from Wah Wah...

Artist: RODER, KLAUS
Title: Kristallisationen
Format: LP
Label: Planam
Country: Italy
Price: $29.00
"Klaus Röder is a guitar virtuoso and electronic music artist who studied with Kelemen and joined Kraftwerk for their famous Autobahn LP. He often works with very small sound particles, whose sound comes from different sources, like tearing paper, the voice, a musical instrument, synthesizer or computer sounds. Sound structures are built by joining together those sound particles and, by mixing those structures, Roeder forms chords. Then the process of crystallization begins. Usually crystallization means that small parts are deposited around a germ and form a growing crystal. The shape of the complete crystal is a consequence of outer influences. A series of sound crystals form, then the complete musical composition. Side 1 presents two electronic music works: 10: 11: 12 (1980) for self-built Impulse Generator is an obscure, very minimal and abstract pulsating piece, while Kristallisation 4 (1991) for Computer Sounds and Yamaha DX 802 might be considered one of the peaks of Klaus Röder Kristallisation series. Side 2 introduces us to a different formal result of Röders crystallization process: the short Haenschen Blues (1993) for children singing and crying, Yamaha TX 802 controlled by selfmade programs for Atari TT is a both playful and sinister electronic assemblage anticipating the peak of this record, Potpourri (1985) a collage of short sound particles from German pop hits of the 1970s and 1980s. In the perspective on sound collages (from Battiato Ethika Fon Ethica to Bladder Flasks first LP, from NWWs most surrealistic works to John Oswald classic plunderphonics) Potpourri might be more close to the brut masterpiece InOut by Anton Bruhin, only constructed in a more advanced and scientific way. Edition limited to 300 copies, also including a series of inserts with the diagrams and schedules of the 4 compositions presented on this LP." -Planam

Artist: RODER, KLAUS
Title: Kristallisationen 2
Format: LP
Label: Planam
Country: Italy
Price: $29.00
"Planam proudly presents the second LP production by Klaus Röder featuring two more pieces from the electronic Kristallisationen series, or Kristallisation 5 (1993) for microphone recordings of children chimes (played by children), Yamaha TX 802 digital synthesizer and EMS Synthi A analog synthesizer, Kristallisation 7 (1997) for microphone recordings and computer sounds, as well as Frozen Sounds (2002) for electric guitar sounds and computer sounds and the more concrete Life-Music 1 (1999) for microphone recordings in the zoo of Wuppertal, computer sounds and Yamaha TX 802 digital synthesizer. Klaus Röder is the archetype of the challenging challenger -- the perfect outsider. Nothing bad about it -- true geniuses often are hiding behind their uncompromising ethic. Ethic in the attic would define the home-studio work of this ex-Kraftwerk banned banned banned auf Die Autobahn. The independent, time-stretching composer Klaus Röder is by necessity an inventor. Systems, machines, treatments, everything is (hand)made to provoke, to induce a musical result not only technically superb but loaded with the authors intimacy: humour, sound elements of a private life, a kid giggling... indeed a highly emotional and poetical approach. Klaus Röder mixes and plays with outside influences -- cut-up, musique concrète, psychedelia, plunderphonics, pop, even blues! -- in order to create a patchwork-like but coherent corpus over nearly 40 years of compositional activity. His music blends the warmth of strings and of humanity with the icy matter of electrical components and seems to have just one borderline: that of our ears. Edition limited to 420 copies. - Planam. Side-label of Alga Marghen.

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