Cluster & Eno
Mar 28, 2005 23:48 PST
Thanks for your story, Malcolm...a lot of fun to read. A real pity that yr
tape deck wasn't able to record the dinner interview for posterity. I saw
an interview with Achim last year that shows him to be filled with wisdom &
inner peace. The interview was mostly his remembrances about Conny Plank
(it was supposed to be for a web page tribute for Conny; a project that
never got off the ground, sadly).
Roedelius is also very approachable by email, via his web site ...(even when
not being fed : )
I'm just relating what the person who contacted Roedelius told him. He did
say that Cluster & Eno never performed live. I would be as thrilled as any
Eno fan if the Cluster/Eno live boot was real. I'm sure Achim would be glad
to reply about this, if contacted.
In regard "Tracks & Traces", my remembrance of info stated in reviews is
that the song featuring Eno uses a studio jam excerpt.
I think many people became familiar with Cluster via Eno in the first place
(outside of Germany) ....but its well worth following his career since
then up until today. There are many of his solo albums that I would choose
over the 2 with Eno. Roedelius has worked in so many genres over the
years; quite telling that Stephen Lliffe, author of "Painting With Sound:
the Life & Music Of Hans-Joachim Roedelius", refers to his music as
"Roedeliusmusik:.....as, by now, he has created his own genre.
From: Mal [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, January 28, 2005 9:48 PM
Subject: My Dinner with Dieter and Achim
Eno at any time.
| ||Roedelius stated categorically that he & Mobius never performed live with
Funny, I had dinner with Cluster once in the early mid 1990s and they told
me that the first time, or one of the first times they met Eno was at a
concert of theirs and that Eno came and joined them on stage. This led to
their studio collaborations and his coming back to play at their studio a
second time a while later. Some material from this concert later showed up
on Tracks and Traces, if I recall correctly. From what I recall they
basically worked in the studio twice, some months or more apart, but did
share a stage at least one night for some period of show. All this may have
no relevance to the boot that was mentioned, but I am sure they said they
did play live on a stage together.
Roedelius did seem a bit annoyed I was asking much about Eno. But the reason
they accepted my invitation to buy them dinner in San Francisco was because
I wanted to interview them for the EnoWeb site and they knew this. I was a
little surprised when the tour manager and Tommy Grenas also joined us for a
nice Thai meal in San Francisco at my expense, but it was worth the cost and
quite enjoyable. Grenas did much of the talking a lot of the night but was
actually quite interesting and pleasant to meet too. He was loaning them
equipment for the tour. Later I found that some of his synths had belonged
to Damon Edge of Chrome, who I had interviewed in 1981, and Tommy had played
with Nik Turner on some shows I'd seen a year or two earlier.
I was respectful enough to ask Cluster a lot about folks other than Eno
including questions about working with Conny Plank, Conrad Schnitzler and
Michael Rother that evoked a lot more interest and passion than the
questions about Brian. I had the impression they resented a little that they
are seen by some as a tangent from Eno and surprised that interest on this
brief window of their long career still merits some attention in the eyes of
They've done a lot of music and very little of it with Eno, and Sky seems to
have exploited this with many recompliations that toss a few Eno
collaborations in so they can put Eno's name on the cover. The
collaborations annoy me because After The Heat especially strikes me as
having a structure and flow that is shameful to break up and take pieces
from out of context of the whole work.
Unfortunately the mini tape deck I used stopped and started randomly
throughout the periods I had it on, much of the interesting stuff was said
when it was off, and the restaurant had so much ambient noise, background
music and plates clanking everywhere that the recording was pretty useless
and I never transcribed it.
I came away with an impression of Moebius as being the prankster with the
glowing charm of an mischevious child. Roedelius seemed to glow with age,
serenity and spirituality like a buddhist monk or the dalai lama.
It was a great meal though and memorable meeting and spending a few hours
with them, even if I paid for the pleasure. If you want to meet interesting
musicians touring on low budgets I recommend offering to feed them. It makes
for a much more natural and relaxed conversational setting with less time