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Studio album by Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Released 1981
Recorded 1974-1977
Genre Kosmische musik, new-age, electronic, ambient
Length 45:50
Label Sky
Producer Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Hans-Joachim Roedelius chronology
Jardin Au Fou
Selbstportrait - Vol. II

Selbstportrait is the third solo album by German keyboardist Hans-Joachim Roedelius, best known for his work with Cluster, Harmonia, and Aquarello. The title is German for "Self Portrait", a title which clearly reflects the gentle, introspective nature of this album of ambient or new-age music. The original Sky Records release was subtitled Teil 1 Sanfte Musik, German for "Part 1, Soft Music."

Selbstportrait was recorded by Roedelius at his home in Forst, in the Weser Uplands of West Germany between various Cluster sessions from 1973 until 1977 on his ReVox A77 reel to reel.[1][2] The music actually predates the two previously released solo albums: Durch Die Wüste and Jardin Au Fou. The final mix was completed at Gorilla Studio in Vienna, Austria at the end of April, 1979, with the exception of "Prinzregent" which was edited in Conny's Studio (owned by Conny Plank) in 1976.[2] Selbstportrait was originally released by Sky Records in 1979.[3] Phillipe Blache, writing the review for Prog Archives, describes the album, in part: "The music in itself is another exploration in electronic, pre-ambient 'picture' music but really orientated to the most 'mainstream' side of it."[4]

Selbstportrait and seven of 11 tracks from the follow-up album Selbstportrait - Vol. II were reissued as a single CD by Sky Records in 1996 under the title Selbsportrait I & II.[5] It was reissued in its original form on both LP and CD by the Bureau-B label on December 3, 2010.[1][6]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "In Liebe Dein" - 3:43
  2. "Girlande" - 3:47
  3. "Inselmoos" - 5:40
  4. "Fabelwein" - 5:05
  5. "Prinzregent" - 5:53
  6. "Kamee" - 3:59
  7. "Herold" - 3:32
  8. "Halmharfe" - 3:24
  9. "Arcona" - 5:05
  10. "Staunen Im Fjord" - 3:33
  11. "Minne" - 2:09


  • Hans-Joachim Roedelius - Producer, composer, piano, keyboards
  • Ernst Josef Seibl - Mixing (final cut)
  • Jürgen Kraemer - Mixing on "Prinzregent"
  • Udo Klemt - Mixing on "Prinzregent"
  • Martha Roedelius that catg - Photography


  1. ^ a b "Roedelius - Selbstportrait I" (PDF). Bureau-B. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Hans-Joachim Roedelius - Selbstportrait (LP)". Discogs. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  3. ^ Huber, Markus (2007). "The complete Sky discography". Elmulab. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  4. ^ Blache, Phillipe (2006-06-08). "HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS Selbstportrait music review". Prog Archives. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  5. ^ "Roedelius* - Selbstportrait I & II". Discogs. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 
  6. ^ "Hans-Joachim Roedelius - Selbstportrait". Discogs. Retrieved 2010-12-11. 


  • Album liner Notes