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Comment Re:Correction (Score 1) 27 27

The Der Spiegel article has details of his times in Berlin and all the things he did there. I think he was around Conny Plank in Duesseldorf as well. But again, Krautrock was never any sort of rock as we knew it. I remember hearing about Kraftwerk's first American tour (after the "hit" "Autobahn") and how audiences were frustrated with them not playing anything to "boogie" to.

Submission + - Dieter Moebius, electronic music pioneer, dead->

Lawrence Bottorff writes: Dieter Moebius, who is credited as a founder of the late-sixties Berlin "Krautrock" scene, has died at age 71. Krautrock, of course, was hardly rock music, but the protoplasm of a uniquely German avant-garde industrial ambient electronica. Probably his best-known work was with Brian Eno on their famous Cluster collaboration albums. Many believe Cluster (Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Conny Plank) cemented Eno's path on his laconic, melancholic, New-Age-free ambient sound back in the mid- to late-seventies.
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Submission + - Hans Ruedi Giger is dead->

Lawrence Bottorff writes: Hans Giger died May 12, 2014 in a Zurich, Switzerland, hospital from injuries sustained from a fall. The Oscar-winner for the Aliens films was 74 years old. He is known mostly for his nightmarish, quasi-fetish sci-fi themes in sculpture and painting. He lived most of his adult life in Zurich, his adopted home town after a childhood in Chur, the seat of the far easter Swiss canton of Graubünden. As the bios say, his father didn't want him to do art, calling it a "breadless profession." And yet he proceeded in 1962 to study industrial design and architecture. Personally, I remember walking into a high-end stereo shop in Zurich and seeing Giger orginals on the wall. The saleman said Giger loved audiophile gear and we love his art. His many achievements and awards include induction into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2013.
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