Kluster 'Klopfzeichen' LP
***SLIGHTLY DAMAGED SLEEVE***
- Kluster was a short-lived project of three musicians/artists/performers: Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Konrad Schnitzler. They recorded two albums with Conny Plank in 1970, unprecedented in their experimental radicalism. Chaotic, apocalyptic (noise) improvisations (a sound later termed industrial), enriched with recited lyrics in places. The trio split up not long afterwards. Exchanging the K for a C, Roedelius and Moebius continued as a duo under the name of Cluster, whilst Conrad Schnitzler went solo
- Originally released in 1970 on Schwann/ams studio - Linernotes by Asmus Tietchens - Available as CD, download and 180g vinyl
Additional notes : - Bureau B adapted the original artwork: a plastic vinyl with a punch press (right term I hope?), but they could not produce a reissue with a punch press but the way they did it looks really nice!
- Bureau B decided to NOT use any of the bonus tracks that are around (there have been two other reissues and a boxset before). as none of them really had to do anything with the original lineup/the original sessions.
Imagine finding a message in a bottle, forty years after it was dispatched. That is what it feels like when you listen to Klopfzeichen for the first time, mysterious, hard to decipher, a relic of a time long since passed. The handwriting is archaic, barely legible, the complex contents only falling into place when examined through the light of historical context. Klopfzeichen is an incredibly important release for the time in which it appeared (1971), an extraordinarily significant document. More than anything, the three messengers Konrad Schnitzler, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius formulated a radical claim with Klopfzeichen: anarchic, unlimited freedom of art and music. Kluster's music may have aged, but their message has not.
Label: Bureau B