Krautrock pioneer and electronic musician Dieter Moebius dies aged 71

Moebius was a member of the groups Cluster and Harmonia

Krautrock musician Dieter Moebius has passed away, reports confirm.

The 71 year old, widely seen as a pioneer in electronic music circles, died on Monday (July 20), with the tragic news revealed by bandmates Michael Rother and Hans-Joachim Roedelius.

Moebius was a member of the groups Cluster and Harmonia and collaborated with Brian Eno on numerous occasions. His latest release was solo album ‘Nidemonex’ in 2014.

Neu!’s Michael Rother wrote on Facebook: “Very sad news today for all friends of Dieter Moebius and his unique music. Our friend, neighbour and collaborator passed away this morning… He will be missed dearly by all of us.”

Moebius co-founded a band with Roedelius and Tangerine Dream’s Conrad Schnitzler in 1969, later renaming themselves Cluster after Schnitzler departed the group.

Moebius and Roedelius formed Harmonia with Rother in 1973, as the latter musician took a break from Neu! to pursue side-projects.

Collaborations with Eno included 1977’s ‘Cluster & Eno’ and ‘After The Heat’ the following year.

Producer Paul Epworth took to Twitter to pay tribute to the electronic musician, writing: “Terribly sad to hear of the passing of Dieter Moebius. One of the true Kosmiche visionaries”.

Hear ‘Fur Luise’ by Cluster and Eno below.