Brett Allen, of SnowGhost Music, was honored to serve as the audio engineer for one of Deiter Moebius’ later projects. Recorded at SnowGhost Studio, ’Moebius Story Leidecker, Familiar’ is set for release on October 6th, 2017 and is a collaboration between Jon Leidecker of Negativeland fame, and Deiter Moebius of Cluster. It is an album that explores the juxtaposition between the natural and artificial world and was inspired by a few days of hiking in Glacier National Park, Montana.

I grew up listening to a significant number of bands who were directly influenced by the Krautrock bands of the late 60’s and early 70’s. I was born in the early 70’s so it makes sense that I was listening to the next generation of bands that followed suit. Once I realized the origins of influence, I took a trip back in time to explore the forefathers of the avant-garde. Krautrock was a movement that was given it’s ‘name’ in jest by John Peel, and the name stuck. An important fact that should be mentioned by anyone writing about the genre is that Krautrock was originally a form of free art. Krautrock bands gave their records away at free art fairs. It was truly a ‘movement’ of artists, and one that has been hugely influential over a vast and varied spectrum of genres. Kraftwerk is most likely the household name that this generation knows as somehow being connected to the birth of hip hop and sampling via Afrika Bambaataa. Kraftwerk, though brilliant in their own right, was not the first to emerge from this movement.

In 1968, the Zodiak Free Arts Lab was created in Berlin by Hans-Joachim Roedelius, and Conrad Schnitzler. Schnitzler was an early member of Tangerine Dream and founder of the band Kluster (Cluster). Schnitzler started Cluster with Deiter Moebius, who sadly passed away in 2015. He left behind an incredible body of work and was still recording new music up until his passing.

‘Vexed’ is equally mesmerizing in audio and video form and can be seen below…