A couple of weeks ago I ranted about musicians and reviewers justifying and praising some electronic music as “human” or “warm.” I should have added “organic” to that word list. I reject the notion that art which doesn’t meet those rockist standards is somehow flawed. But if there’s one electronic group that can lay claim to those descriptors, it’s Cluster. Perhaps it’s because they don’t make electronic music, they make music with electronics. I believe there’s a difference. You want “organic?” Cluster set up their studio in the German countryside. You want “human?” Cluster didn’t use sequencers, instead evolving their music through long, repetitive, hand-played, improvised sessions (I will not call them “jams”). It’s as if they carved their synthesizers from the trunks of nearby trees. Cluster fuses nature with Die Mensch-Maschine.