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Cluster/Kluster

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With German youth crying out for their own brand of heroes, it was unsurprising that Philips signed Cluster in early 1971.

Having birthed the Ash Ra Tempel/Tangerine Dream scene in Berlin and supported Jimi Hendrix along the way, the duo of Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius were already legends.

In their first incarnation as Kluster, this seminal kraütrock outfit broke all kinds of rules, creating electronically manipulated collages of musical noise – and refusing even to title the tracks on their albums!

By the mid-70s their mainspring, Roedelius, was more inclined towards keyboard-based compositions. Still innovative and unconventional, they were easier on the ear, resembling avant-garde chamber music.

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