I’m not that familiar with the quite extensive output of German experimental electronic musician and multimedia artist Bernhard Wöstheinrich (also known as Redundant Rocker), although I’ve explored a couple of his solo releases and collaborations through the years.
Most often, these outcomes turned out challenging, innovative and rather unusual despite the many inspirations taken from classic electronic music. This also applies to the release “Live in New Jersey 2011”, documenting two live performances: one played at the Equinoxygene Festival in Hackensack, NJ, along a Live-on-Air performance at Mike Hunter’s “Music with Space” at WPRB in Princeton.
These are spherical, smooth sparkling and enlightening ambient excursions assembled from contemporary sounds, vintage pads, percussive elements and interlocking sequencer patterns. In my opinion, there’s also something computer-esq and futuristic about the albums “active” music that shifts through the various passages as the tracks unfold. This might prove to be challenging and maybe awkward to some listeners.
To make things even more attractive to the EM Audience, Mr Wöstheinrich offers “Live in New Jersey 2011” as a free download or at any price you wish to pay for it.