Rodach: Die Zeit ist rund: Release Information
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Release Date: 11.08.2017
TT Catalogue No: 4649
RODACH - Die Zeit ist rund [Time Is Round]
Eight years after his last album Seltsam erscheint unsere Lage [Our Situation Seems Strange], Michael Rodach is now releasing his sixth solo album with a title just as poetic. A picture that shimmers, that tells of rising up and rounding off, of departure and completion. On the one hand time seems to be a well-rounded matter that lacks nothing and where nothing is missed, but on the other hand also seems cyclic in the sense that it always lets us return to the beginning. Exactly this slight discrepancy suits Rodach well. “I like this certain vagueness; it creates space for the illogical, for the antithetic,” he says. “Of course I don’t know if time is round, but I’ve always liked the round dials on clocks for example. They perfectly express the circle that closes again and again and doesn’t represent an end, but rather goes into the next round over and over. When we celebrate our birthdays, we count how often we have circled the sun with our planet.”
Often we associate time with impermanence, talk about how it passes, elapses, trickles away and how intangible it is. Especially farewells let us realize that. In the past years Michael Rodach experienced the decease of his parents; an experience that deeply influenced his understanding of time. “When the long and throughout pleasant life of my parents ended, all of us involved felt the phenomenon of time; the time that still remains and the time that had passed. It was an almost peaceful understanding of something coming to an end. Regarding their lives we realized: that was a well-rounded success. If it goes into the next round in this case, nobody can say.”
Rodach perceives it as great fortune to have grown up in a world, in which he had access to music from all kinds of genres. In Hitchcock movies he was fascinated by the fabulous music of Bernhard Hermann, later Nino Rota and Brian Eno enthralled him. On the other hand the blues of John Lee Hooker was kind of a staple food for him. Thus, all kinds of musical styles were inspiration to him and in no way disturbed each other, but rather got along well for the most part. “Now, after many years I notice that when I compose, without the intention to do so, I often mix elements of the blues with musical styles that would not necessarily be associated with the blues. In this sense, Die Zeit ist rund almost became a blues album. ‘Musical storytelling’ is a trait of the blues to me and very often the basis of my compositions,” Rodach says, not lastly because most of his compositions were written for audio dramas and theatre pieces: so for stories essentially.
Storytelling counters impermanence. Loss is always also a loss of history and stories. Who was present? Whom can we ask? Who can report what happened? As long as stories are told, memories stays alive. Rodach enchants this storytelling, joins the volatile, brittle with the iridescent and whatever he touches and whatever touches him turns into sound. A very well-rounded affair.