Listening to… 🎧
We’re listening to Harmonia, a krautrock band that formed in Forst, Germany, in 1973. Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius of the band Cluster joined forces with Michael Rother of Neu!¹ The trio recorded motoric ambient music, where minimalist tracks repeat and repeat but nonetheless convey the sense of progress. Their 1974 album, Musik von Harmonia, is a mostly uplifting and optimistic record with phase-shifted analog loops. We’re also playing Live 1974, an hourlong jam session with mainly synthesizers and a drum machine. The two records were reissued by Groenland Records in 2015 and 2007 respectively.