A genuine legend among legends in the field of electronic and kosmiche music.
By Blurt Staff
Krautrock pioneer Dieter Moebius, of Cluster and Harmonia fame, has passed away at the age of 71. Collaborator Michael Rother (Kraftwerk, Neu!, Harmonia) posted the following to Facebook yesterday:
Very sad news today for all friends of Dieter Moebius and his unique music. Our friend, neighbour and collaborator passed away this morning, July 20th 2015. He will be missed dearly by all of us. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Irene. RIP, Dieter (Möbi).
Meanwhile, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, who had also worked with Moebius in Cluster and Harmonia, posted a lengthy obituary from Spiegel (in German).
Moebius was there at the beginning, hooking up with Roedelius in the late ‘60s to form Kluster (along with Conrad Schnitzler, of Tangerine Dream fame) and later changing the name to Cluster. Rother eventually came into the fold and they became Harmonia. And much later Brian Eno allied himself with Moebius and Roedelius to release Cluter and Eno and After The Heat in 1978 and 1979.
Moebius’ solo career was also a busy one that was marked by numerous collaborations (notably producer Conny Plank), with last year’s Nidemonex earning critical raves. Worth noting: the lone album by the so-called Cosmic Couriers, aka Moebius, Guru Guru’s Mani Neumeier and Jurgen Engler, released in ’96 and titled Other Places, became a hard-to-find cult-legend record. And speaking of Conny Plank, another under-the-radar gem was 1998’s Ludwig’s Law with Plank and Red Krayola’s Mayo Thompson.
Below, check out some selected highlights from Moebius.