Harmonia


Band members               Related acts

- Dieter Moebius -- vocals, synthesizers, guitar, percussion,

  keyboards (1973-75)

- Hans Joachim Roedelius -- guitar, percussion,

  synthesizers (1973-75)

- Michael Rother -- guitar, synthesizers, keyboards

  (1973-75)

 

 

- Cluster (Dieter Moebius and J. Roedelius)

- Kraftwerk (Michael Rother)

- Neu! (M Rother)- Hans Joachim Roedelius (solo efforts)

- Michael Rother (solo efforts)

 

 

 


 

Genre: progressive

Rating: 3 stars ***

Title:  Muzik von Harmonia

Company: Brain

Catalog: 06024 981298-4

Year: 1974

Country/State: Germany

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: gatefold sleeve; reissue

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 5147

Price: $50.00

 

Hum - I guess you could label Harmonia as an early Krautrock super group ...  

Dieter Moebius and Hans Joachim Roedelius were both members of Cluster, while Michael Rother was briefly in Kraftwerk, followed by a stint in Neu!

 

Unable to interest the rest of Neu! in touring, 1973 found Rother calling it quits, subsequently joining Moebius and Roedelius (who'd been undergoing their own personnel issues in Cluster), for a series of low-keyed jam sessions in their Forst, Germany studio.  With the collaboration jelling the trio decided to start writing and recording material.  Self-produced and reflecting contributions from all three members, 1974's "Harmonia" certainly fit in the standard Krautrock definition. Showcasing a series of eight atmospheric instrumentals, the album offered up an interesting hybrid of Cluster's deep space moves and Neu!'s more rock-oriented attack.  While those earlier influences were scattered throughout the set, with the possible exception of side 2's galloping 'Dino' and the droning closer 'Hausmusik' (translated as 'home music'), little of the material suffered from that 'heard-it-before' feel.  Whereas, at least to my ears, lots of Krautrock's kind of distant and icy, exemplified by the opener 'Watussi', 'Sonnenschein' ('sunshine'), and the previously mentioned 'Dino' these guys displayed an unexpected ability to rock (yes, I'm using that verb in a rather broad fashion).  Mind you the set wasn't perfect.  Synthesizer propelled tracks like the extended ambient 'Sehr Kosmisch' (translated as 'very cosmic') and the ominous, industrial noise-influenced 'Ohrwurm' weren't particularly enjoyable.  Still, it made for one of the genre's more accessible releases and a good place for anyone curious about Krautrock to start.     

 

For anyone interested, Rother has an interesting website, including a Harmonia section:

 

http://www.michaelrother.de/en/harmony.php

 

"Muzik von Harmonia" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Watussi (instrumental)   (Dieter Moebius - Hans Joachim Roedelius - Michael Rother) - 5:55

2.) Sehr Kosmisch (instrumental)   (Dieter Moebius - Hans Joachim Roedelius - Michael Rother) 10:50

3.) Sonnenschein (instrumental)   (Dieter Moebius - Hans Joachim Roedelius - Michael Rother) 3:50

 

(side 2)
1.) Dino (instrumental)   (
Dieter Moebius - Hans Joachim Roedelius - Michael Rother) 3:30

2.) Ohrwurm (instrumental)  (Dieter Moebius - Hans Joachim Roedelius - Michael Rother) 5:05

3.) Ahoi! (instrumental)   (Dieter Moebius - Hans Joachim Roedelius - Michael Rother)5:00

4.) Veterano (instrumental)  (Dieter Moebius - Hans Joachim Roedelius - Michael Rother)3:55

5.) Hausmusik (instrumental)  (Dieter Moebius - Hans Joachim Roedelius - Michael Rother) 4:30

 

 

 

 

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