German composer and electronic music pioneer Dieter Moebius died today at the age of 71.
Michael Rother, who collaborated with Moebius in the group Harmonia, shared the news on his Facebook page:
Very sad news today for all friends of Dieter Moebius and his unique music. 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. RIP,
Dieter Moebius (born 1944 in Switzerland, died 20 July 2015) founded Kluster in 1969, with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Conrad Schnitzler. After the departure of Schnitzler, the band changed their name to Cluster and released a series of influential albums of Krautrock, Kosmische and ambient music. Cluster also worked with Brian Eno on several albums.
Moebius collaborated in the ‘Krautrock supergroup’ Harmonia with Rother and Roedelius, in the mid-to-late 70’s.
In addition to his work with Cluster & Harmonia, Moebius release more than a dozen solo and collaboration albums.