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Buchpräsentation: R is for Roland

23.5.2015

Buchpräsentation: R is for Roland

Eine reich bebilderte Hommage an die Instrumente der Firma Roland, die in den 1970er und 1980er Jahren gebaut wurden und bis heute Musiker wie Musikliebhaber in Begeisterung versetzen.

R is for Roland ist ein grau eingekleidetes Papierschwergewicht, welches auf 384 Seiten 23 ausgewählte Synthesizer und Drum Machines der japanischen Musikinstrumentenschmiede Roland präsentiert, die zwischen den Jahren 1973 und 1987 produziert wurden. Illustriert von Tabita Hub und geschrieben von Michal Matlak sowie Florian Anwander richtet sich das Augenmerk auf Instrumente, die besonderen Einfluss auf Musiker und Musik ausübten und noch bis heute ausüben.

R is for Roland ist ein Buch, dass sich aber eben nicht nicht nur an Musiker oder Producer, sondern auch an Musik-Begeisterte mit einem Hang zu elektronischer Musik wendet. Und selbst die, die auch nur mit einem offenen Ohr für elektronische Klänge ausgestattet sind, sollten Gefallen an der Veröffentlichung finden können. Vorrang haben hier Photographien vor reinen Spezifikationen. Die schlichte, aber liebevolle und ästhetische optische Präsentation versteht sich als ein Tribut an die technischen Schmuckstücke, die für viele Künstler wesentlicher Bestandteil ihres Schaffens waren und sind. Lee "Scratch" Perry, Nightmares On Wax, Jeff Mills, Mathew Jonson oder auch Portishead sind unter den Artisten zu finden, die darüber hinaus ihre Wertschätzung und ihre Faszination von bestimmten Instrumenten in R is for Roland mitteilen.

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Für echte Fans besitzen Zahlen wie 202, 303, 808 oder 909 eine gewisse Magie. Diese Modellbezeichnungen stehen nicht nur für ganz spezielle Instrumente; sie sind gleichzeitig zu Synonymen für einen bestimmten Sound, ja sogar für bestimmte Genres geworden. Dabei waren die Instrumente zur Zeit ihrer Markteinführung nicht einmal unbedingt State of The Art.

Bestes Beispiel für eine dieser Erfolgsgeschichten, die eigentlich eine Geschichte des Scheiterns ist, stellt die TB-303 dar. Erdacht als Ersatz für einen Bass-Spieler bzw. für dessen Saiten-Instrument, stieß der Transistor Bass in Form einer silberfarbenen Plastik-Kiste sowohl wegen seiner Bedienung als auch seines Klanges auf wenig Zustimmung. Erst als Künstler ihm eine Rolle jenseits der Imitation, bei dem der Silberkasten so grandios gescheitert war, zudachten, entwickelte er sich zum absoluten Kult-Objekt und Must Have, der mit seinem Sound zum Inbegriff von Acid House oder Techno wurde. Rolands Claim We Design The Future scheint sich in diesem Fall ganz besonders bewahrheitet zu haben.

R is for Roland ist eine Empfehlung für die Enthusiasten, die einen Blick auf die Instrumente und hinter die künstlerischen Kulissen werfen wollen. R is for Roland ist für die, die einen Sinn für klangliche und optische Reize haben und neben diesen ästhetischen Faktoren ein Interesse daran besitzen, die Entstehung von Musik im Kontext der verwendeten Instrumente zu verstehen. Das von Electronic Beats präsentierte Buch ist nicht im Handel erhältlich, sondern ausschließlich in einer streng limitierten Auflage über die Webseite http://www.roland-book.com/ zum Preis von 54,90 Euro (Preis inklusive Versand innerhalb Deutschlands) zu erwerben.

 

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