RIP Dieter Moebius of Cluster and Harmonia

Here is some sad news: as per Michael Rother’s Facebook page, German composer and musician Dieter Moebius died this morning.

Moebius was best known as one half of Cluster and one third of Harmonia, and was a central figure in the astonishingly fertile creative explosion in 1970s West Germany. He and Cluster collaborator Hans-Joachim Roedelius also worked with Brian Eno in the late 1970s, creating sounds that would go on to influence Eno’s excursions into ambient music, and remained prolific as a solo artist once he and Roedelius went their separate ways — his most recent album, Nidemonex, was released only last year. RIP.