Cluster interview with Dieter Moebius

December 2, 2012

Cluster interview with Dieter Moebius

Last December we spoke with Hans-JoachimRoedelius about Cluster and all other stuff related to the project. I’m really
happy we can talk now with the other half of Cluster. I would like to begin with your childhood.
You were born in Switzerland, but studied art in Brussels and Berlin. What
would you say were some of the very early influences and interests for you as a
student, before meeting Roedelius and Schnitzler?

At that time there where lots of political
riots in Berlin. I was more in the streets than studying so art in a way came
second place. I was listening to Coltrane, Velvet Underground etc. and played
Around 1968 the music commune known as
‘Human Being’ and ‘Zodiak Free Arts Lab’, the center of Berlin’s Underground
Culture were formed. Since you were studying in Berlin this must had been
something very interesting for you. How do you remember visiting place like
Visiting Zodiac was sure one of the most
important adventures in my life a new understanding of what music can be.
How do you see this place now? 
I think it’s
one of the most important ‘experiments’, that happened, where all you young
musicians at the time could met and found something new, special and most of
all original.
It must had been really fantastic to be
a part of such a creative time and place? Would you like to share some
interesting or crazy stories that happened in ‘Zodiak’?

It was also other places,like the Akademie
der Künste, where I par example could listen to the very early Tangerine Dreams; at
that time a very interesting group.
In ‘Zodiak’ you met Hans-Joachim
Roedelius and Conrad Schnitzler and you started your band called ‘Kluster’.
Would you like to share how did it all began and how did you got the idea to
start this project?
The project was started by Conny. At that
time we all met in different bars and got to know each other by drinking lots
of beer and exchanging our thoughts about music and whatever, so one of these
nights Conny and Achim suddenly asked me to join there group – Kluster. We met
next day and found out, what I could contribute. They had very strange drum-set for me,so at the beginning I was a kind of Kluster drummer and some days later
we performed the legendary 12 hours concert in the gallery hammer.

‘Kluster’ was together from 1969 until
mid-1971 when Conrad Schnitzler left and the remaining two members renamed
themselves ‘Cluster’. You released two albums. In 1969 ‘Klopfzeichen’ and a
year later ‘Zwei-Osterei’. I want to know what were the concepts and some
inspiration behind the albums and what are some memories from recording this

These albums where recorded in one night
with Conny Plank as sound engineer. The concept was to not have a concept!

‘Cluster’ has been active since 1971,
releasing a total of 13 albums. I would like to know, if you can tell me what
are some of the strongest memories from producing and releasing your first four

Oh, that’s so long ago.
On ‘Cluster I’ and ‘Cluster II’, the
droning textures, the symphonic structure are really incredible…’Cluster’ then
joined ‘NEU!’s’ Michael Rother to form the side-project ‘Harmonia’, before
making ‘Zuckerzeit’, a marked changed in the ‘Cluster’ sound. What can you tell
us about this period of time?

Michael Rother joined Cluster. It was a good but mostly a money less time. We searched throught music, that we
thought could perhaps make us rich guys…
In the late 70’s you started your solo
carrier. What do you think is the main difference between your solo carrier and

Perhaps one may hear in my music, that I am
a more realistic guy and not a romantic dreamer.
Two of your latest albums are ‘Ding’ and
‘Radium Girls’ and you started ‘Moebius+Tietchens’. I would like if you could
present us a bit your latest projects and what are some concepts behind the
music? You are still interested in the so called “strange” sounds…

I have a lot of fun making music. I still don’t have really a concept. When I like other musicians that are into similar
ideas, I’m ready for collaborations. My latest studio albums are American projects with Dwight Ashley and Tim Story. I am working on a live album of shows I just
performed in the USA. In 2 weeks I will perform the undark project with Phew in Tokio and also two more solo shows in Osaka and Tokio. In November I perform
with Asmus in Barcelona.
You had a project together with Conny
Plank what would you say are some of your favourite memories from working with
I had several projects with Conny. We always had good times together and good food in Conny’s studio!
Did you have any interest in “Rock” music? I’m asking you this, since you grew up in that period of time…
I’m always interested in what I think is
good music, any kind of…
Thank you very much for taking your
time. Would you like to send a message to It’s Psychedelic Baby readers?

Have a good time!!
You can check out our
interview with Hans-Joachim Roedelius here.
Interview made by Klemen
Breznikar / 2012
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