Dieter Moebius

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Dieter Moebius
Dieter Moebius from German krautrock band Cluster performing at Fusion Festival 2010.jpg
Dieter Moebius live (2010)
Background information
Birth nameDieter Moebius
Born(1944-01-16)16 January 1944
St. Gallen, Switzerland
Died20 July 2015(2015-07-20) (aged 71)
Germany
GenresElectronic, krautrock, kosmische, ambient, experimental
Occupation(s)Musician
Producer
InstrumentsSynthesizer, keyboards, electric organ, guitar, drum machine
Years active1969–2015
LabelsSky Records
Drag City
Gyroscope
Curious Music
Captain Trip Records
Associated actsCluster
Harmonia
Moebius & Plank
Amon Guru
Liliental

Dieter Moebius (16 January 1944 – 20 July 2015) was a Swiss-born German electronic musician and composer, best known as a member of the influential krautrock bands Cluster and Harmonia.

Moebius was studying art at Berlin's Akademie Grafik and working as a restaurant cook when he met Conrad Schnitzler, founder of the Zodiak Free Arts Lab with Hans-Joachim Roedelius.[1] The trio founded the improv group Kluster in 1969. After the departure of Schnitzler, the duo changed their name to Cluster and relocated to the countryside village of Forst, releasing influential albums such as Zuckerzeit (1974) and Sowiesoso (1976). Moebius would also draw on his graphic design training create the cover artwork for various Cluster albums and related collaborations.[2]

Meanwhile Moebius and Roedelius founded the band Harmonia with Michael Rother of Neu!, releasing the albums Musik von Harmonia (1974) and Deluxe (1975). Admirer Brian Eno would subsequently collaborate with both groups. Moebius began recording solo works in the 1970s and was later involved in numerous side-projects with such musicians as Conny Plank and Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru), including the influential 1983 album Zero Set.

Michael Rother (left) & Dieter Moebius (right) live in 2007

Moebius toured with Rother as Rother & Moebius in 2007.[3] Additionally, on 27 November 2007, a Harmonia reunion concert was held in Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, where the band performed together live for the first time since 1976.[4][5] He died of cancer on 20 July 2015.[6][7][8]

Discography[edit]

As Kluster / Cluster
As Harmonia, with Michael Rother and Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Previously unreleased works
As Cosmic Couriers, with Mani Neumeier and Jürgen Engler
With Brian Eno and Hans-Joachim Roedelius
With Liliental
  • 1978 Liliental
Solo albums and collaborations
  • 1980 Rastakraut Pasta (with Conny Plank)
  • 1981 Material (with Conny Plank)
  • 1981 Strange Music (with Gerd Beerbohm)
  • 1982 Zero Set (with Conny Plank and Mani Neumeier)
  • 1983 Tonspuren
  • 1983 Double Cut (with Gerd Beerbohm)
  • 1986 Blue Moon (Original Soundtrack)[9]
  • 1990 Ersatz (with Karl Renziehausen)
  • 1992 Ersatz II (with Karl Renziehausen)
  • 1995 En Route (with Conny Plank; recorded in 1986, additional mix in 1995)
  • 1998 Ludwig's Law (with Conny Plank and Mayo Thompson)
  • 1999 Blotch
  • 2002 Live in Japan (with Mani Neumeier)
  • 2006 Nurton
  • 2007 Zero Set II (with Mani Neumeier)
  • 2009 Kram
  • 2011 Ding
  • 2012 Moebius & Tietchens (with Asmus Tietchens)
  • 2014 Snowghost Pieces (Moebius, Story, Leidecker)
  • 2014 Nidemonex
Posthumous Albums
  • 2017 Musik Für Metropolis
  • 2017 Familiar (Moebius, Story, Leidecker)
  • 2017 Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (Live) (12") (Moebius, Schneider)

[10][11] Source:[12][13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  2. ^ Dayal, Geeta. "Dieter Moebius - five classic recordings". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Michael Rother's official site, news: "Rother & Moebius concerts in November 2007"". Michaelrother.de. 29 October 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2007.
  4. ^ "Michael Rother's official site, news: "Harmonia album "Live 1974" out now / Harmonia concert on 27th Nov. 2007"". Michaelrother.de. 25 October 2007. Retrieved 30 October 2007.
  5. ^ "Worldtronics 2007. Festival of Electronic Music. 27.11.2007 - 01.12.2007". Hkw.de. Retrieved 30 October 2007.
  6. ^ Geeta Dayal. "Dieter Moebius – five classic recordings | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Cluster and Harmonia's Dieter Moebius has passed away". FACT. Retrieved 20 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Dieter Moebiuus," The Guardian, p. 45. 2015.08.08. Retrieved 2015.08.09.
  9. ^ Blue Moon on IMDb (music by Dieter Moebius)
  10. ^ "MTH005: DIETER MOEBIUS - NIDEMONEX EP / More Than Human Records". Morethanhumanrecords.com. 30 June 2014. Archived from the original on 21 August 2015. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  11. ^ "RA News: More Than Human to release EP from Dieter Moebius". Residentadvisor.net. 30 June 2014. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  12. ^ [1] Archived 10 May 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Dieter Moebius". Dietermoebius.de. Retrieved 23 July 2015.

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