Sorry to learn that Dieter Moebius passed away this morning.
Moebius was first in the band Kluster with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Conrad Schnitzler. Their recordings in this era were unusually harsh, almost industrial. Then Moebius/Roedelius broke away from Schnitzler and began recording as Cluster with producer Conny Plank. This era saw them embrace a sound more in tune with the German scene of that era and they made records just as challenging, timeless and innovative as Kluster but with softer edges.
A collaboration with Michael Rother of Neu! lead to three piece supergroup Harmonia whose two studio albums are held up as absolute classics of the era and drew in Brian Eno as a collaborator both with Harmonia and Cluster.
Moebius leaves behind a vast body of work and many more classic collaborations such as his albums “Material” and “Rastakraut Pasta” made with Conny Plank. I had the pleasure of meeting him once when he played Hebden Bridge back in 2006 and I was DJing. He seemed sweet, unassuming and charming. He also gave me a couple of bottles of beer from his rider which guarantees my eternal thanks.
This October German label Groenland are releasing a deluxe Harmonia box set with both studio albums, the Brian Eno collaboration, their live album and some unreleased material. Although Moebius may have sadly left us, his music shows no signs of going away and continues to fascinate and inspire. Our commiserations to all who knew him well.
a new Carlton Melton album is always a prospect that generates warm enthusiasm round here, so it gives me great pleasure to post a track off the next one. The new album is called “Out To Sea” and comes out July 4th. Here’s a taster for you:
Genre-spanning archivists Soul Jazz are putting out a 3 disc Popol Vuh compilation entitled “Kailash”. The first CD focus on Florian Fricke’s solo piano music, CD2 will be Popol Vuh’s soundtrack to the film “Kailash” and the third disc will be a DVD of “Kailash” itself, a documentary film charting the film-maker Frank Fiedler & Florian’s ascent of a real life holy mountain.
CD 1 – Piano Recordings
01. Spirit Of Peace 1
02. Spirit Of Peace 2
03. Spirit Of Peace 3
04. Mahayana (Karuna)
05. The Heart
06. Earth View
08. Garden Of Pythagoras
CD 2 Kailash – Pilgrimage To The Throne Of Gods (Original Soundtrack)
01. West Tibet – Land Of The Nomads
02. The Garden Morya
03. Manasarowar – The Turquoise Lake
04. Nomads Move
05. Last Village
06. West Face – Place Of Death
07. The Kora – Ritual Circuit Of The Sacred Mountain
08. Valley Of The Gods
09. Buddah’s Footprint
The Radiophonic Workshop have had to rearrange some of their live dates as their oldest member Dick Mills has been told to rest after a recent illness.The affected dates are for Leeds, Birmingham and Brighton:
Mon 13 Oct 2014 – Leeds City Varieties Music Hall
Wed 15 Oct 2014 – Birmingham Town Hall
Sat 18 Oct 2014 – Brighton St Georges Church
The other dates, such as festivals and tonight’s Belfast show are unaffected. So who are the workshop these days? Well, according to their official twitter page, they are Mark Ayres, Peter Howell, Paddy Kingsland, Roger Limb and Dick Mills. Which is a pretty damn good a line-up. I hear they have a drummer with them too for live shows. Not to be confused with the New Radiophonic Workshop which is under the creative direction of Matthew Herbert.
It makes us very happy to know there is a new Wooden Wand album to look forward to on the horizon. “Farmer’s Corner” is out May 5th on Fire Records. Here’s the first taster, a track called “Dambuilding”: