Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Robert Schroeder - Floating Music (1980)


        Second album by this very under appreciated german electronic artist.
Floating Music drops the classical leanings in favour of more electronics but also loosens the grooves with live drumming on several tracks. Strongly melodic, colourful in texture and varied in tempos, its synthetic sounds are subtlety different from any other music of the era. Different again is Mosaique (not yet issued on CD) which positively rocks in places. A core group of bass/drums/electric guitar backs Schroeder's inventive keyboard bleeps, washes and cosmic chords. This is proper electro-rock fusion, its brilliant innovations devoid of bombast. The focus is very much on tight arrangements and the art of composing, with no empty displays of virtuosity ala Rick Wakeman or Emerson Lake & Palmer. The closing track "Computervoice" sits apart from the others, a deeply beautiful and melancholic piece of layered ambient trance. - Robert Schroeder

Robert Schroeder - Out of Control -excerpt- (1980)

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