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Recorded live on the 20th Anniversary Tour at Spectrum, Manhattan, New York, NY, USA on November 19 2016.
These pieces are unedited and the mix is just like what was going out to the P.A. that night. That might include clicks and digital dropouts.
GEORGE'S ROAD DIARY
Date: 19 NOV 2016
Venue: Spectrum, NYC
This was our last show of the tour with Nocturne Blue; Spectrum is an inspiring space for creation/performance, a venue I’ve been to quite a few times with Markus and Bernhard separately during their respective solo tours. Tonight, however, I had a personal commitment which would keep me from this show (the only one I missed!), so I called upon my “brother-from-another-mother” Darren Hodroski to handle the logistical/managerial tasks in my absence, Darren being the only person I trust to pull this off. So, since I wasn’t there, it’s only fitting for Darren to write about tonight’s experience…
DARREN’S ROAD DIARY
…and now, pinch hitting for George Bley…
George dropped Markus and Bernhard at my place right on time. After a quick introduction to Bernhard (I’d met Markus on a few previous occasions), I got my instructions for the night and we were off to Manhattan. The trip was smooth and uneventful, even though the boys passed on the half melted chocolates available in a cheap no-frills gas station, we were no worse for wear and persevered on.
Spectrum is an intimate venue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and not entirely easy to find even when you arrive at the address. Luckily Markus knew the exact doorbell to ring to gain access. Load in and set up was quick and painless. After meeting Dutch and Jeni Rall of Nocturne Blue, I quickly was being referred to as George 2.0 or George Lite.
centrozoon’s set was tight, musically fascinating and visually stunning. Nocturne Blue followed and provided a fitting end to a musical journey that lasted just a couple of hours.
After load out and some quick conversation with fans, we were back in the car and headed back to NJ. I showed off my German language prowess by picking out “mousepad” in a conversation between Markus and Bernhard. We encountered some heavy snow during the ride and by the time we met an eagerly awaiting George in my driveway about an hour later, there was about 2 inches of accumulation. Ah, the Northeast United States in November, just when you think it’s going smooth, you never know what to expect!
released July 10, 2017
Music composed by Markus Reuter and Bernhard Wöstheinrich
Bernhard Wöstheinrich: Synthesizers and Sequencers
Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars® U8, Processing, Live Mixing
Mixed and mastered by Markus Reuter using a Moon by Simaudio Neo 230HAD headphone amp/DAC, July 2017.
Produced by Markus Reuter (for Unsung Productions)
George "G$" Bley: Tour Manager
Darren "D$" Hodroski: Driver, Roadie, Merch Magician
Special thanks to Glenn Cornett, Lester St. Louis, Lawrence de Martin, and Darren Hodroski.
Centrozoon is not just questioning the process of making music, but the very borders of music itself.
Creating sound, to
centrozoon, is an exploration of possibilities and extremes, a constant conscious confusion of contexts and evaluating the validity of what is ‘right’ and ‘wrong’.
centrozoon currently consists of Markus Reuter, Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Tobias Reber....more
Oh, I remember it well, that living room concert in the flat of a buddy in Cologne. I probably didn't know what I was really going to experience that evening. But I was blown away. The intensity of the performance struck me. No one spoke, no one clapped, everyone was in trance. Later, I was introduced to Markus and I told him: "So when are you going to replace Robert Fripp in King Crimson. Really, you're going to be a star." He smiled politely. "You too. You already got the looks (!) and the aura of a star." I laughed. I was a small inexperienced and unimportant critic. But at least one of us was (almost) right that evening. This was the first and important step in Markus' solo career. The music still gives me shivers. In a good way. It sucks me right in, right into me. I always felt strongly connected to the music, 20 years later, this is still one of my favorite soundscapes albums. Sal Pichireddu
What a wonderful piece. Imagine a slow but steady Philip Glass-esque minimalist rhythm - then Reuter's sustained guitar notes gently yet forcefully floats in over the top. It hangs together so well, and rewards repeat listening. Well done Markus! Strange Daze Radio