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2016 15 Apr

Set the controls for the heart of the spin-cycle

von: Michael Engelbrecht Filed under: Blog | TB | 2 Comments

NEW MUSIC: (1.05 – 3.00; news at 2.00 a.m.): Brian Harnetty, Qluster, Glenn Jones, Wolfert Brederode Trio, Nik Bärtsch, Vijay Iyer & Wadada Leo Smith, Ennio Morricone, PJ Harvey, Matthew Bourne, Matmos, Tim Hecker


„As long as things don’t become too contrived, or I become too conscious of design, all is well. The particular challenge of working with this particular synthesiser lies in first finding a sound that provokes initial musical exploration.

It’s at this point that I tried to capture things, without allowing ‚grand design‘ and procrastination to overtake impulsivity and spontaneity.

In this sense, once I’d captured something that was good enough, I would move on. Subsequent repetition and refining of initial ideas is a false and dangerous trail, for me, at least.“

(Matthew Bourne on his Memorymoog project)


CLOSE-UP: (3.05 – 3.55) „GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD RIDDANCE – JOHN PEEL“: Flying Saucer Attack (1), Robert Wyatt, Gentle Giant, XTC, John Cale, This Heat, Flying Saucer Attack (2)


first stage: (4.05 – 5.00) Nana Vasconcelos, Gato Barbieri, Donald Fagen, Keith Jarrett, Kate Bush, Cluster (1), Cluster (2)

second stage: (5.05 – 5.30) Träd, Gräs och Stenar (1971), 

third stage: (5.40): Herbie Mann Live at The Whiskey (1971) with Sonny Sharrock, Miroslav Vitous a.o.


Radionacht Klanghorizonte, Deutschlandfunk, April 16th,
1.05 till 6.00 a.m., live on „record store day“


P.S.: The record of the night will be „The Ship“, but only in a parallel universe.

The somehow strange  point of Warp management has been, my broadcasting of „Fickle Sun (i)“, 13 days before its release, could cause damage for the support of the album in other parts of the world regarding contracts about first broadcasting etc.

Well, I have tiny doubts about this, but who am I to know for sure. So I don’t risk that. Let’s call it a day, a night  – close to the end of it all I’ll play, for all the good reasons,  „Chain of Fools“ – and in my „Moon in June“-show two months later, Brian Eno’s „ideas of surrender“ will be on the agenda. The ghost of Mireia Moreorless will be there, too:) 

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  1. Mireia:

    „An independent station
    With jazz and conversation
    From the foot of Mt. Belzoni
    Sweet music
    Tonight the night is mine
    Late line ‚til the sun
    Comes through the skylight“

  2. Michael Engelbrecht:

    CLUSTER 71 – 81 (Vinyl / CD)

    Nearly every member of The Manafonistas has one, two or more favourite albums of the duo Cluster, and some of these favourites will surely date back to their most creatvive decade between 1971 and 1981 where they created some milestones, includng two collaboration with their biggest Suffolk fan, Brian Eno.

    Cluster can be counted among the most important international protagonists of the electronic avant-garde. Pioneers of synthesizer pop and ambient spheres, they came out of that era once coined „Krautrock“ though they were definitely more „kraut“ than „rock“.

    Whatever the fuck „kraut“ really is. Well, maybe some of it has to do with the hinterland, places like Forst, or Wümme. When I lived in one of the tiniest villages of the Bavarian Wood, in Bergeinöden, between 1981 and -82, „Sowiesoso“, „After The Heat“, „Cluster & Eno“, and side 1 of „Grosses Wasser“ have been part of my survival kit. And they are all part of this box.

    First Harmonia, now Cluster, in such a retrospetive boxset „mode“. In their salad days, they have been underground. Some fruits take a long time to ripen, but they fall suddenly.

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