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MOEBIUS - Solo Works Kollektion 7 Compiled by Asmus Tietchens

"Dieter Moebius is one of the most important protagonists of avant-garde electronic music in Germany. Alongside his bands Kluster/Cluster and Harmonia, he participated in numerous collaborations (Brian Eno, Guru Guru). Seven years after Moebius passed away in July 2015, Asmus Tietchens, one of his musical companions, compiled this collection for Bureau B -- he concentrated on his solo works "as they offer the clearest insight into his personality and inventive potential." "Together, Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius were Cluster. Their influence on the development of electronic music in Germany since the early 1970s has been considerable. If we were to represent the two of them as woodcuts reflecting their musical characteristics, Roedelius would be the baroque version of Cluster and Moebius the motorik minimalist. Their solo releases make this all the more obvious, but the serendipitous combination of such divergent components is what makes the music of Cluster so wondrously magical. Aside from his many collaborations with a wide variety of musicians, there are just seven Moebius solo albums, one of which (Metropolis) was released posthumously in 2015. Moebius always wanted to create pop music and he actually thought of Cluster as pop. On the sleeve of the Cluster album Zuckerzeit he can be seen sporting a colorful Hawaiian shirt whilst sitting on Roedelius's knee. He found more than enough to astonish him in the here and now, so esoteric, transcendent, fantastical notions were alien to him. The names he gave to the tracks which populated his LPs and CDs categorically rejected any form of overindulgence. He may have thought he was making pop music, but his interest in the material, aural substance aligns him more closely with contemporary classical composers. The repetitive patterns he favored had less to do with baroque ornamentation and everything to do with minimal shifts in sound and rhythm, their rigor enhanced, time and again, by strange 'little' electronic noises and reverberating layers... Moebius rarely deviates from linear rhythms or tonal harmonies, yet is able to create a world of sound within this rhythmic/harmonic framework which is unmistakably his own. Never big on messages or statements, his focus has always been on feeling good about -- and in -- his music, a sensation he sought to share with his listeners. As far as I know, his listeners absolutely feel good in the presence of his music. For this collection, my fascination with his music as strong as ever, I have deliberately zeroed in on Moebius's solo works, as they offer the clearest insight into his personality and inventive potential..."--Asmus Tietchens, March 2022" - Bureau B.
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