Roedelius, Chaplin and Heath - Triptych In Blue album review

Ambient stalwarts Roedelius, Chaplin and Heath live from Brunel’s Goods Shed

Roedelius, Chaplin and Heath - Triptych In Blue album artwork

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Twenty years on from Hans-Joachim Roedelius collaborating with Andrew Heath on Aqueous’ Meeting The Magus, the pair reconvened with Christopher Chaplin to improvise three piano and electronics pieces captured here for digital-only release.

While Chaplin and Heath are relative neophytes, Roedelius is a towering figure in the field of electronic music. Across his 82 years he’s produced over 40 solo albums and worked with Dieter Moebius, Michael Rother and Brian Eno. A prime mover of kosmische, Krautrock, synth-pop and ambient music, this co-founder of Cluster and Harmonia neither swaggers nor dazzles, yet remains a diligent maestro of sound manipulation, rebooting prevailing atmospheric conditions and gently mutating environments with confident keyboard touches. Largely unsung, Roedelius had a firm guiding hand on experimental electronic music’s tiller as it negotiated the most crucial leg from avant-garde oddity to mainstream ubiquity. Just as in the mid-70s, when he helped Neu! throttle back from revolutionary hurtle to motorik cruise and engaged Eno’s ear as he retooled pop’s future with Bowie’s Berlin trilogy, Roedelius is still producing music of the future, the only difference being that the future is now.

Ian Fortnam

Classic Rock’s Reviews Editor for the last 20 years, Ian stapled his first fanzine in 1977. Since misspending his youth by way of ‘research’ his work has also appeared in such publications as Metal Hammer, Prog, NME, Uncut, Kerrang!, VOX, The Face, The Guardian, Total Guitar, Guitarist, Electronic Sound, Record Collector and across the internet. Permanently buried under mountains of recorded media, ears ringing from a lifetime of gigs, he enjoys nothing more than recreationally throttling a guitar and following a baptism of punk fire has played in bands for 45 years, releasing recordings via Esoteric Antenna and Cleopatra Records.