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February 5, 2010

Musical Rooms Part 98: Cluster

Filed under: Interviews,Musical Rooms Series — by Sinéad Gleeson @ 3:37 pm
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Roedelius: For me, any space in the world in which I feel at home, whether big or small is a good place for making music. The important thing is – who owns it? – Is he or she a friend or just a producer? That’s what really matters. The places I was invited to work in during the last decennium are light, beautiful, have a great history and they smell and feel good.

Moebius: My favourite space to create music in is my home studio in berlin, which is small. Very small.

Roedelius: In terms of instruments, it’s not so much a matters of what you have in the room, even though I’m very fond of a really good Grand piano in it and all what’s necessary to get easily to the point whether asap or however.

Moebius: I use a digital eight-track recorder, synths, sampler and other stuff.

Roedelius: Time spent here? It’s all, everywhere and all the time up to inspiration/improvisation. Look at Clusters (and my) curriculum/history. Llisten to what we/I did, what ever was/ is recorded that says indeed in which way I/ we appreciated and still appreciate living, not especially making music. It’s the art of living as force behind my / our art.

I like to work alone in my home studio which is in fact my home. When I’m there I work in a sort of isolation late at night or when nobody from the family is at home, but also in the midst of housework when I want to sit down and play and listen to what I’m doing.

Moebius: I tend to spend all my time in the studio when I’m not travelling and isolation is important for me when I’m working.

Roedelius: I used whatever equipment comes to mind when I’m in the mood to work on something, whether playing piano or keyboard, listening to unfinished pieces to see if I should work on them again. What I like most about my space is that it’s mine.

Considered one of the most important space-rock outfits of the 1970s, Cluster (including members Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) were contemporaries of Kraftwerk. They pioneered the use of synths, incorporating everything from alarm clocks and kitchen utensils into their live performances. Over the years they have recorded with Brian Eno and Neu!’s Michael Rother and experimented with ambient music in the 1990s. As well as collaborations with Eno, both have released solo albums and have collaborated with Nosdam and Clouddead. Cluster play The Village, with guest Boys of Summer on Saturday, February 6th. Tickets are available from WAV [lo-call 1890 200 078],, City Discs, Road Records and Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. For more information visit

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