Cluster / Canedicoda (D/I)
production Xing/Netmage 10
Cluster is a German seminal experimental musical group who influenced the development of contemporary popular electronic and ambient music. They have recorded albums in a wide variety of styles ranging from experimental music to progressive rock, all of which had an avant-garde edge. Cluster has been active since 1971, releasing a total of 13 albums. Musician, writer and rock historian Julian Cope places three Cluster albums in his Krautrock Top 50 and The Wire places Cluster's self-titled debut album in their 'One Hundred Records That Set The World On Fire'. After a decade long hiatus Cluster reunited in 2007. They were selected to perform at the opening of Documenta 12.
Cluster's new album qua, their first studio recording in 14 years, is out on Klangbad (their classic sky releases of the 70es and early 80es are currently reissued by bureau b). Cluster are immensely influential but painfully underrated: Brian Eno (who collaborated with them), David Bowie, Autechre, Tortoise and Mouse on Mars among others, are quoting Cluster as a major inspiration. The legend goes that Eno enjoyed working and hanging out with Cluster in their hideout in a former farm house in rural forest so much that Bowie literally had to drag his then-producer back to finish his album. Cluster can easily be understood as 'the originators of the space age' or the forefathers of the recent cosmic disco hype. At the age of 74 and 65 Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius are stronger and more vital than ever, maintaining their almost naive pleasure to constantly re-invent their unmistakable music on stage. At Netmage they will present a special project where the legendary German formation is flanked by the artist Canedicoda for an unreleased visual collaboration.
Canedicoda is a visual and graphic artist. He started performing in the punk group With Love at the age of 15; by now has actively performed under various aliases and with bands throughout the world. Currently part of WW, Lago Morto, Nastro Mortal and solo as Ottaven. With the name Canedicoda in 2003 he gave life to a project extending through graphics, music and fashion, conceived and realized exclusively by hand: from designs to unique or limited-edition silkscreen prints on paper or cloth, to projects linked to music or to t-shirt and garment realizations. Canedicoda has developed a rich artistic universe, changing yet always immediately recognizable, producing personal t-shirt collections and graphics for 8mm Records, Von Archives, Dumb Skateboards, Bastard, Marsèll and conceiving the image of Netmage 2007. As Ottaven, his solo project, he has released a variety of cd-r's and audio cassettes, as well as performing in a number of clubs, squats, basements and festivals of every type throughout Europe.