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Dieter Moebius dead at 71: Harmonia founder dies

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German-Swiss electronic musician Dieter Moebius, best known as the co-founder of Krautrock groups Harmonia and Cluster, died Monday, his bandmates Michael Rother and Hans-Joachim Roedelius confirmed on Facebook. He was 71.

“Very sad news today for all friends of Dieter Moebius and his unique music,” Rother wrote. “Our friend, neighbour and collaborator passed away this morning, July 20th, 2015. He will be missed dearly by all of us. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Irene.” The cause of death is not yet known.

Moebius first co-founded the trio Kluster in 1969 with Roedelius and Tangerine Dream’s Conrad Schnitzler at the Zodiak Free Arts Lab in Berlin, and after two albums, Schnitzler left the group. Moebius and Roedelius dropped the K, grabbed a C and released Cluster’s first album in 1971.

He continued to be an electronic music pioneer well into the ’70s, and formed Harmonia with Roedelius and Rother, who had previously been in Neu! Together, they released two albums, 1974’s Musik Von Harmonia and 1975’s Harmonia Deluxe. Collaborations with Brian Eno recorded in 1976 were released on an album Tracks and Traces in 1997 under a new name, Harmonia 76.

Moebius and Roedelius recorded the last Cluster record, Qua in 2009, and Moebius, as a solo artist, released over a dozen solo albums. His most recent work, 2014’s Nidemonex, was a three-track EP released via More Than Human.

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