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Musik Von Harmonia
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Special Interest, Pop, Rock
Though Harmonia began as a sideline excursion for Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius of Cluster and Michael Rother of Neu!, the group became one of the most legendary in the entire Krautrock/kosmische scene with the... more »
Though Harmonia began as a sideline excursion for Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius of Cluster and Michael Rother of Neu!, the group became one of the most legendary in the entire Krautrock/kosmische scene with the release of several mid-'70s LPs. After two studio albums recorded as Cluster, Roedelius and Moebius moved out to the German countryside to build their own studio in the village of Forst. After several disappointments in his attempt to expand Neu! into a live unit, Rother retreated to Cluster's studio for a series of relaxed, improvisational jam sessions that wedded Cluster's exploratory space music with the chugging rhythms and guitar sense of Rother. Brian Eno had proclaimed Harmonia "the world's most important rock group."
The debut Harmonia LP, Musik Von Harmonia, appeared in 1974 (with an accomplished live track, recorded in Amsterdam) and marks the first collaborative effort between Cluster's Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius and Neu!'s Michael Rother: a German supergroup and genuine rarity, a colossal artistic success. The three members were skilled keyboard players, guitarists, electronic percussionists and composers. This was a group musically and conceptually miles ahead of its time. Musik Von Harmonia is at once a product of their source bands and a fine new twist on them, resulting in music that captures what for many is the Krautrock ideal, or more accurately, the motorik ideal. It's not Kraftwerk's all-synth, clean, clinical pulse, nor Neu!'s seemingly effortless glide, nor Can's stomping art world funk. Instead it's at once playful and murky, steady and mechanical, a supergroup of sorts who easily achieves and maintains such a seemingly overstated status by embracing a variety of approaches that work wonders.
Greatest albums of the latter 20th century
NONLOCAL | Brooklyn, NY USA | 01/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This one is near the top in my humble opinion. A more perfect collaboration is hard to imagine - the combination of the cascading guitars of Neu! with the minimal electronic explorations of Cluster produce a brilliant sum that is far greater than its individual elements. Drone, drama, intensity, repitition, beauty, all instrumental. Groundbreaking composition that hardly anyone even knows about, and gosh darn it they should!"
Beautiful Kosmisch Music
Geoffrey R. Balme | raleigh NC | 03/27/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lots of rhythmic pulsing, gyrating tones ping ponged on analog recorders, sounds of synth, guitar, and synthetic percussion.
Along the lines of early Popul vuh, and later Manual Gottsching (though without the compelling and astonishing guitar lead work).
This material, and others like it, (these fellows were from Cluster and Neu!) laid the foundations of what would be come "new wave" and electronica 10-20 years later.
Though, these early bands appreciated a primitiveness to the sound that gives them a kind of authenticity that was lost later on.
It's not all rhythmic dance club mix such and such, it's also noise scapes and other interesting artifacts.