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DIETER MOEBIUS

Progressive Electronic • Germany


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Dieter Moebius studied art in Brussels and Berlin. As Conrad Schnitzler he followed some courses with the designer, sculptor and fluxus artist Joseph Beuys. During this period he met Hans Joachim Roedelius and Conrad Schnitzler. Together they decided to form Kluster at the end of the 60's. After the departure of Schnitzler they changed their name to Cluster. As a duet Cluster goes further to experimental electronic, sometimes surfing on the ambient waves. During the 70's Moebius & Roedelius also formed Harmonia with Michael Rother (Neu!), featuring the participation of Brian Eno on the last album (Tracks and traces). Moebius started his solo career in 1979 with a self title album, then he recorded the classic "rastakraut Pasta" in collaboration with the sound engineer Conny Plank. During the eighties and until now, Moebius constantly released albums in the vein of "abstract" electronic music. One of his most memorable works is the rhythmical and dancing "Zero Set" recorded with the participation of Conny Plank and Mani Neumeier (Guru Guru). During the last years, Moebius re-started a collaboration with Michael Rother for several concerts in Europe.

Discography:

1979 MOEBIUS
1980 RASTAKRAUT PASTA
1981 MATERIAL
1982 STRANGE MUSIC
1983 TONSPUREN
1984 ZERO SET
1984 DOUBLE CUT
1985 FILMMUSIK BLUE MOON
1995 EN ROUTE
1996 STATUS
1998 LUDWIG'S LAW
1999 BLOTCH

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Moebius
1979
2.41 | 9 ratings
Rastakraut Pasta (with Plank)
1980
3.92 | 5 ratings
Material
1981
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Mirror Of Infinity
1981
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Strange Music (with Gerd Beerbohm)
1982
3.00 | 1 ratings
Double Cut (with Gerd Beerbohm )
1983
3.59 | 5 ratings
Zero Set (with Plank and Neumeier)
1983
3.83 | 6 ratings
Tonspuren
1983
0.00 | 0 ratings
Blue Moon (film music)
1986
5.00 | 1 ratings
Apropos Cluster (with Roedelius)
1990
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Ersatz (with Renziehausen)
1990
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Ersatz II ( with Renziehausen)
1992
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En Route (with Plank)
1995
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Other Places ( with Neumeier and Engler)
1996
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Blotch
1998
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Ludwig's Law (Conny Plank, Mayo Thompson )
1998
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Nurton
2006
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Kram
2009
4.00 | 1 ratings
Another Other Places (With Mani Neumeier, Jürgen Engler)
2014

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Rastakraut Pasta / Material (with Plank)
1994

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 Zero Set (with Plank and Neumeier) by MOEBIUS, DIETER album cover Studio Album, 1983
3.59 | 5 ratings

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Zero Set (with Plank and Neumeier)
Dieter Moebius Progressive Electronic

Review by admireArt

3 stars Imagine there is no YELLO.

It is almost impossible to rate the 80's prog/electronic music scene, in an "electronic" category, where YELLO, is not included. It seemed like 1980's PAs, shut themselves in their tower against anything which smelled "New Wave" (true to god Zappa's principles). Well we are missing YELLO, as we are missing TUXEDOMOON. Half of what others did in those years, has to be measured by those "new" electronic standards, this 2 bands proposed.

Anyway, considering this, it would have been a miracle, if by this album's year of release, not only Dieter Moebius, but many former Krautrockers and electronics could have avoided the radio-waved sound of a switzerland's warehouse kitchen, where Yello was cooking their first "single" in 1979, "Oh Yeah" which became known WORLDWIDE, but mostly in central-europe. The unavoidable comparisson, makes "Zero Set" sound, like an "innocent" remix of a remix of something Yello had already written. (by this year 1983, Yello had already released 3 whole albums).

Nicely threaded, but crammed with childish (for children, not joking!), repetitive melodic lines, which go nowhere. Primitive is no synonym of simplistic!

The percussion work, although genial, is subdued by this "minor-flaw". Maybe "cool" for those who never heard of Yello, but it is not worth my money.

***3 PA stars.

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3.59 | 5 ratings

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Dieter Moebius Progressive Electronic

Review by Shadowavenger

5 stars You have Dieter Moebius (of Cluster), Conny Plank (legendary producer), and Mani Neumeier (drummer from Guru Guru). This is a fantastic team, with all these fine gentlemen coming out of the Krautrock/Kosmiche Musik scene in Germany during the late 60s and early 70s. Experimentation is their game, trying new things, combining electronics with classic instruments, and often times using non musical objects as instruments as well.

On "Zero Set" you have Neumeier banging away very energetically on the drums, and his playing may be the most valuable part of the entire record. Moebius contributes on keyboards and synthesizers, and Plank is only credited for production, though his influence on the music will be obvious to those familiar with other projects he's worked on. The album is filled with often times hypnotic drum riffs and polyrhythmic synths, bordering on insanity. Every track has a hyper quality to it, and it's impossible not to be infected with their bubbling energy.

The reason I think this album deserves 5 starts is simple, it's a fantastic album that I still haven't gotten tired of hearing, and it is quite unlike anything I have ever heard before! The meaning of "essential" to me is fulfilled by this record, because you would be missing out on something very unique if you didn't add it to your collection!

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Zero Set (with Plank and Neumeier)
Dieter Moebius Progressive Electronic

Review by hakan67

4 stars Moebius and Plank has made some very good albums toghether with other artists. The record label was Sky Records and I bought about 30 records in the eighties from them; Cluster, Roedelius, Tyndall, usw. Since I have bought a new record player, I had to listen through them again.

Zero Set is still an extraordinare contribution to "new age"-music. I still find the tracks very timeless and the track "Pitch Control" is my favourite. I played it for some of my classmates at scool around 1985, they were used to normal dance music of the 80s. They had never heard anything like it before. I really can't put the album in som kind of genre, maybee "rhytmic synthetic world music" perhaps :-)

4 stars from me!

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Dieter Moebius Progressive Electronic

Review by Guldbamsen
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3 stars A perfidious slap on the box

A lot of bull has been said about the so called drop in musical quality during the 80s, and if one only chooses to judge said decade by what the biggies from the 70s were dishing out, then I can somewhat understand people's rather vile vocal secretions. As I have previously stated, I think there was a huge amalgamation of wonderful music happening outside of the English speaking world, and especially the former communistic countries were now experiencing their own 70s so to speak. Apart from that, I also have a huge collection of RIO and avant releases from this decade that I absolutely adore. So much happening on that front - all happening just beneath the surface of things, that you needed special antennas and eardrums to pick up the beat and flavours. Sadly, one of my favourite styles of music underwent some of the same horrible changes as the big dinosaurs did all through the 80s. Electronic music was indeed a giant plastic party - soaking all of the horrific synthesizer sounds up like a giant sea sponge without any sense of funnelling out the weak and soulless bits.

Zero Set is a collaboration between famous Krautrock producer Conny Plank, Guru Guru drummer extraordinaire Mani Neumeier and one part of the Cluster duo, Dieter Moebius. Everything I just said about the 80s and how the sounds and experimentations went south in the electronic quarters, at least from my point of view that is, still stands regarding this release, although instead of coming off like a new age plastic bag with all the umphh of a kitten fart, all of this sonic deceit and falsehood gets served up in a metallic and unwelcoming dressing. This is, essentially, electronic punk. It doesn't feature low- brow profanity and chromatic riffing, but it wields a distinctive primal caveman energy that propels the music forward like a bull-ringed cherokee-wannabe-street-warrior from 1983, who's tired of all the fake mainstream insanity sneaking suspiciously into everything around him.

Moebius' electronics are a mish mash of squirming feline screeches, naive kindergarten melodies and a big boot-full of the kind of dance orientated sounds and trickery you'd encounter in movie soundtracks from around the same time. The end result is disturbing and void of any feeling - especially when you mix all of this up with the robotic and harsh drumming from Mr Neumeier as well. Now, I am a huge fan of this man's style, but I continue to be amazed of just how many different sonic appearances this guy has. He can be all over the place - rumbling like a caged baboon on cocaine, but when he chooses to, he comfortably slips into something infinitely more vague and slithering - now sounding bonkers and off- beat like only he can. Those people who have heard him freak out in Guru Guru or just standing in on other band's albums probably know what I'm on about, as his persona always has a way of shining through on even the most minuscule of cameos. Eclectic is probably the word I'm looking for...

Anyway, this album is all about this rhythmic meeting, where electronics meet strange exotic drums and adventurous percussion. You could call it forerunner to the IDM(Intelligent Dance Music) scene happening nearly 10 years later, I actually think I've read that somewhere, but that doesn't seem to do it justice in any way, because like I said previously, the punk-like attitude that rumbles through the reins like a distracted teenager is the key here. I do not think this album would have gone down easily with the punks, but the abandoned and misanthropic moods that prevail here take absolutely no prisoners. It sweeps across this release like a huge vacuum cleaner - sucking up every little colour, emotion and sign of human empathy. It is an ode to concrete and metal. It's deliberately perfidious - exposing all of our plastic handbags, neon earrings, Converse shoes, microwave ovens, bubble gum philosophies and stock market sensibilities - like were they man's self-inflicted debt to himself for being so reckless and imaginative all through the 70s. "No, this certainly won't stand! We need to prioritise our values and put things through machines and great big banks".

This album exposes the plastic for what it is: plastic. And for that it should definitely earn the respect of the punk generation. It certainly has mine. 3.5 stars.

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 Rastakraut Pasta / Material (with Plank) by MOEBIUS, DIETER album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1994
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Rastakraut Pasta / Material (with Plank)
Dieter Moebius Progressive Electronic

Review by snobb
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— First review of this album —
3 stars First two albums of electronic duet Moebius-Plank, re-released on one CD (and first ever release of both albums in US). Dieter Moebius is known by his work in Kluster/Cluster, and Plank almost all the time was member or non-official member /collaborator of both German early progressive electronic projects.

Albums are slightly different between each other. The first one , "Rastakraut Pasta", is downbeat electronic/minimalistic sound, quite simplistic and accessible. Both musicians ( Dieter plays synth, guitars, flute,sings and Plank is engineer, but works with sounds and affects) are mixing some industrial, kraut-rock, space-electronic sounds and even dub. There is Can bassist Holger Czukay presented on three tracks as well.

Music reminds a bit Can ,but more German early electronic experimental works, mostly Kraftwerk. Second album has much better organised structure ,faster rhythm and demonstrates proto-electronic dance music in many cases.

Being quite experimental works for its time, looking from now this double-album release sounds a bit naive, but still could attract listeners, interested in early electronic progressive rock.

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 Rastakraut Pasta (with Plank) by MOEBIUS, DIETER album cover Studio Album, 1980
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Rastakraut Pasta (with Plank)
Dieter Moebius Progressive Electronic

Review by Sean Trane
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2 stars 2.5 stars really!!

Another offshoot from half of Cluster, Dieter Moebius, this time with production Kaiser Conny Plank in the latter's most essential studio in the outskirts of Cologne. The third "stooge" happens to be Holger Czuckay and his bass on three of the nine tracks, ranging from 1:30 to 7 minutes. Coming with a bland toothpaste artwork, this album was released in 79, which is rather late for pure Krautrock release, but as the first part of the title, the music is a bit up to date, since there is the odd track featuring a reggae beat.

Despite a seemingly binary bass line that could've been Czuckay's , the opening track News has a hypnotizing seemingly square drumming beat made from electronic doodles, courtesy of Dieter, as is that aforementioned bass. Guitar death throes and piano cords gratings and echoes are also audible. The title track is a weird reggae beat on a binary beat, and you'll find a variation of the same in Missi Cacadou. Other tracks can vary soundwise from Tangerine Dreams to the electro-pop of Kraftwerk or some Cluster (Zuckerzeit). I wouldn't call this album essential or even worth the detour, but if you're into the stranger facets of Krautrock, this album could make you happy.

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Dieter Moebius Progressive Electronic

Review by philippe
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1 stars This album has been released by two krautrock legends, one (Dieter Moebius) is the founder of the hypno-minimal electronic band Cluster and the second (Conny Plank) is a musical producer. The collaboration could be musically perfect and a valuable source to get into kraut-space age. However the result is close to disaster. It combines kraftwerkian robotic beats and sci-fi catchy pop melodies with Neu! like fuzzy post-rock distortion and atrocious New Agey, cheesy synth chords. The image on the cover and the name of the album easily illustrate the content. There's voluntary a lot of fun and derision in the method of composition and in aesthetics. Soft, candid, retro electro-pop. Difficulty recommended. Concerning ex-Cluster projects, I warmly advise to get in touch with the much more accomplished Liliental.

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 Material by MOEBIUS, DIETER album cover Studio Album, 1981
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Material
Dieter Moebius Progressive Electronic

Review by Neu!mann
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4 stars Anyone with a serious interest in music will remember the legendary German producer Conny Plank, who before his untimely death in 1987 had worked with just about every notable band on the Continent (or so it seemed). But in CLUSTER's Dieter Moebius he found a genuine kindred spirit, and on their second album together they plowed an idiosyncratic path through Germany's fertile music scene, combining up-to-the-minute electronic experimentation with an unexpected touch of Teutonic wit.

Their debut collaboration (1979's "Rastakraut Pasta") closed the previous decade with style, and two years later this follow-up was likewise a breath of fresh air in the stale musical climate of the 1980s. This was a decade (you'll recall with a shudder) of skinny ties, bright sneakers, big beats and bad hair, with an unhealthy emphasis on empty style perhaps lampooned in the album's mock-generic title and tongue-in-cheek cover photo of a distinctly unglamorous pile of trash bags.

The album opener "Conditionierer" could almost be heard as a brilliant satire of then- current musical clichés, sounding not unlike yet another standard New Wave dance number, except for all the subversive weirdness lurking just behind the beat: manic slide guitars gone haywire; beer-hall horns in alpine liederhosen; and one of those relentless Krautrock grooves that just won't stop (think of NEU!'s "Hallogallo", '80s style).

"Infiltration" slows the pace down with one of Moebius' patented rhythm-box patterns (set to maximum grunge), percolating under a dubby two-note bass guitar riff and a lot of offhand noise: telephone operators, PA announcers, radio wave interference and so forth. If HOLGER CZUKAY (CAN's musical loose cannon) wasn't actually involved in the recording, his cut-and-paste spirit was certainly being channeled by Moebius and Plank in a big way.

Opening Side Two (on the original vinyl) is "Tollkühn", not much more than six minutes of mad, fuzzed-up sequencers and cymbals, easily five minutes longer than necessary. And the electro-throb improvisation of "Osmo-fantor" is a short diversion that never fully develops into anything, but sets up the haunting soundscape of "Nordöstliches Gefühl" very nicely.

This final track (rough translation: "Northeastern Feeling") is a slower, melancholy piece set around a reverberating drum machine and a simple electric piano. It unfolds with an almost cinematic flair, suggesting the post-war urban alienation of an early Wim Wenders movie, and providing a dramatically mismatched but evocative bookend to the upbeat energy of "Conditionierer".

Like their first album this one is far too short: only 35 minutes, give or take a beat or two. The silver lining is the fact that both were later combined in their entirety on a single CD, a generous windfall to budget-minded Progheads and, like the team that produced them, a match made in Krautrock heaven.

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Dieter Moebius Progressive Electronic

Review by Neu!mann
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4 stars Here's another slice of cultural nonconformity from an enduring musical tradition (Krautrock) that always manages to sidestep easy classification, This was the first of several overlooked albums made by Dieter Moebius and Conny Plank, the former a founding member of the celebrated techno-ambient team of CLUSTER (he was the one responsible for the odder noises generated by that band), and the latter a legendary producer who, perhaps more than any single person, was responsible for putting German music on the map.

Add the sonic wild-card of kindred spirit/guest bassist (and ex-CAN guru) HOLGER CZUKAY, and the sum is an unpredictable package of (mostly) instrumental weirdness, with a lyrical title that all but itemizes the various influences brought to the studio.

It's not a very long album, but there's a lot happening in its brief 35-minutes. The mock electro-reggae of the title track and "Missi Cacadou" (complete with silly vocoder interjections and saxophone farts) is only the tip of a very wide iceberg. Elsewhere there's the industrial/tribal stomp of "News" (driving a cacophony of pirated broadcast chatter), and later the hypnotic, throbbing over-amped guitars of the aptly titled "Feedback 66".

The flipside of the original vinyl has a more easygoing disposition, moving from the dreamlike ambient space-jazz of "Solar Plexus" (backwards voices, assorted noises, and an electric piano wired through what sounds like every flanger in Cologne, where Plank had his celebrated studio), to the sunny rhythm-boxed groove of "Two Oldtimers". With a lilting melody played on (acoustic) guitars and piano, this track (at 7-minutes the longest on the album) suggests a glimpse of what the men-machines of KRAFTWERK could have sounded like, minus all their trendy cybernetics.

This album and its likewise recommended 1981 sequel "Material" were later re-packaged together onto a single CD: a near-indispensable bargain for anyone with an ear for odd music, especially coming out of Germany in the late 1970s. Krautrock was always more an attitude than a style, and in the hands of these two pioneers it never sounded more playful or creative.

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