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Moebius & Beerbohm - Strange Music (1982)


"Strange Music" to pierwszy wspólny album nagrany w 1982 roku przez pioniera niemieckiej muzyki elektronicznej, Dietera Moebiusa (znanego przede wszystkim z zespołu Cluster i Harmonia) oraz basistę Gerda Beerbohma. W tym samym składzie,  rok później, artyści tworzą jeszcze jedną, równie ciekawą płytę "Double Cut", która utrzymana jest w bardzo podobnej stylistyce z pogranicza eksperymentalnej elektroniki i krautrocka.


Dieter Moebius is one of the most important protagonists of avant-garde electronic music in Germany. Alongside his bands Kluster/Cluster and  Harmonia, he participated in numerous collaborations (with the likes of Brian Eno and Mani Neumeier/Guru Guru) He recorded two albums with the bass player Gerd Beerbohm in 1982 and 1983. What became of Beerbohm sadly remains a mystery.

In the latter half of the 1970s, alongside their Cluster collaboration, Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius embarked almost simultaneously on individual musical journeys. Roedelius focused primarily on solo projects, whilst Moebius preferred to enagage with other musicians on equal terms.



“Strange Music" - unimaginative as it may first appear (!), the title speaks volumes about where Moebius was coming from, artistically speaking.  Moebius is a master of perspicuity, uncovering the rich variety inherent in the detail of minor variations. Moebius' principles of pop music are drawn from three sources: the uncomplicated minimalism of the late 1960s, instrumental rock'n'roll of the late 1950s and improvisation. Working with Gerd Beerbohm saw him combine these elements to create an exact representation of his understanding of contemporary pop music.

Gerd Beerbohm turned out to be the perfect musical foil for Moebius, affording him free rein, in the very best sense of the expression, to bring his concept of pop music to life. Whilst "unleashed" best describes his mindset, this should be equated with neither chaos nor arbitrariness. On the contrary, the only liberty Moebius took was to focus exclusively on his and Beerbohm's musical visions, without feeling the need to consider any higher group concepts. This gave rise to a forceful, energized album, steering a clear course ahead, full of improvised ideas and unencumbered by frills or embellishments. 

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