Dieter Moebius has died at the age of 71. A true artistic and technical visionary, Moebius’ contribution to the electronic music scene cannot be overstated. A crucial player in the development of Germany’s Krautrock scene in the late 1960s, the Swiss multi-instrumentalist was one of the founding fathers of the seminal but short-lived band Kluster, which he formed with Conrad Schnitzler (later of Tangerine Dream) and Hans-Joachim Roedelius in 1969. With the departure of Schnitzler three became two and Kluster became Cluster, and over the next 40 years the pair would go onto release 15 albums of acclaimed, progressive electronic music. As part of Harmonia, Moebius and Roedelius worked with Michael Rother – of Neu! and Kraftwerk fame – as well as collaborating with Brian Eno on their 1976 album ‘Tracks and Traces’.
Moebius’ compositions were, and remain, strikingly individual. His experimental approach to music was shaped as much by his love of classical and jazz styles as it was by technology and graphic design, and his work’s emphasis on open-ended, unpredictable and improvisational phrasing means that its influence will continue to have an enduring influence on modern music.
Cluster – In Ewigkeit (In Eternity)