Krautrock/Electronic Pioneer Dieter Moebius Dies

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Dieter Moebius of Cluster performs on stage during the final day of ATP Nightmare Before Christmas at Butlins Holiday Centre on Dec. 5, 2010 in Minehead, England. 

German/Swiss musician Dieter Moebius -- one of the founding members of German experimental outfits Harmonia and Cluster -- passed away Monday, July 20, according to his frequent collaborator and fellow krautrock legend Michael Rother.

"Very sad news today for all friends of Dieter Moebius and his unique music," Rother wrote on Facebook. "Our friend, neighbour and collaborator passed away this morning, July 20th 2015. He will be missed dearly by all of us. Our thoughts go out to his wife, Irene. RIP, Dieter (Möbi)."

As part of the Berlin-based outfit Cluster (formed as Kluster in 1969), Moebius pioneered a genre of music that defied not only commercial expectations, but the norms of the rock-centric counterculture scene. Working with a variety of instruments (some of which were non-instruments), Moebius helped pioneer krautrock, electronica and ambient music.

Along with Rother and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, he founded Harmonia in 1973. Their debut album Musik Von Harmonia ranks alongside LPs from Kraftwerk and Neu! as the finest the krautrock genre has to offer. Both Cluster and Harmonia were key influences on Brian Eno, who recorded with the former. Eno, in turn, went on to set the tone for electronic and ambient music for decades to come.

Listen to Harmonia's peerless debut below.