Electronic Music Innovator Dieter Moebius Dies at 71

Dieter Moebius
Dieter Moebius


German/Swiss electronic music composer and performer Dieter Moebius, passed away yesterday, July 20, 2015 in Germany. Moebius was a member of some of the most iconic German krautrock and electronic bands such as Cluster, Kluster and Harmonia.

Dieter Moebius was born January 16, 1944 in St. Gallen, Switzerland. He studied art in Brussels (Belgium) and Berlin (Germany). In Berlin, Moebius met two other seminal artists, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Conrad Schnitzler (Tangerine Dream). They founded a band called Kluster in 1969. After Schnitzler left, the remaining musicians changed the name to Cluster.

In 1973, Moebius and Roedelius created the band Harmonia with Michael Rother (Neu!). They released several recordings that decade: Musik Von Harmonia (1973), Deluxe (1975) and Tracks and Traces (1977), recorded 1976 with Brian Eno.

Ambient music pioneer Brian Eno, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Moebius released two collaborations, Cluster & Eno (1977) and After the Heat (1978).

Moebius’ most recent recordings included Kram (2009), Ding (2011), Moebius & Tietchens (2012, with Asmus Tietchens), and Nidemonex (2014).

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