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Album Review

Recorded at Conrad Plank's studio in 1982, Zero Set is a highly percussive affair with Mani Neumeier. The album is saturated in drum and synth rhythms and polyrhythms, resulting in compositions that are energetic and infectious. The opener, "Speed Display," is the granddaddy of them all. This superb, driving piece of synth-Krautrock showcases Neumeier's percussive "speed display," so to speak. The following cut, "Load," seems almost borne of the first, with an obscure synthesized vocal, steady percussion flourishes, synth spritzes, and industrial overtones. "Recall" is reminiscent of early Can and features a Sudanese vocal. The closing track, "Search Zero," is representative of the entire project: a quirky, percussive, progressive synth-rock composition. Zero Set is impressive; to date, it's possibly the most interesting project on which the three musicians have worked. Two of the tracks, "Speed Display" and the textured, bubbly "Pitch Control," also appear on Sky Records' excellent Begegnungen compilations.


Genre: Electronic

From his early work with the pioneering Krautrock band Cluster to his later solo recordings, Dieter Moebius remained one of the most innovative and prolific voices in contemporary electronic music, anticipating movements from ambient to techno years before the fact. By day a student at Berlin's Akademie Grafik, Moebius was moonlighting as a cook at an area restaurant when in 1969 he was befriended by Conrad Schnitzler, a key figure in local avant-garde circles, and invited to join Kluster, a band...
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