Moebius Plank Neumeier
Remixed By Richard Fearless
Dieter Moebius was a member of seminal bands like Cluster and Harmonia. He was active as a solo artist and in various collaborations (with Conny Plank, amongst others). Conny Plank is seen as the definitive Krautrock producer, having worked with Kraftwerk, Neu!, Cluster and Ash Ra Tempel. Last but not least, Mani Neumeier, Guru Guru founder, figurehead and drummer.
Delving into Conny Plank’s tape archives, Bureau B came across the original “Zero Set” multitracks. Having just meticulously curated 'Kollektion 4' for the label, Richard Fearless seemed like the perfect remixer. He once described his love of Krautrock and related movements as follows: “I always listen out for music with a sense of space; where compositions are stripped down to the barest components while retaining the power to conjure emotion. If you can trigger emotion with the most minimal amount of sound, that’s job done as far as I’m concerned.”
The original was powerful enough, driven forwards by Mani Neumeier’s machine-like drums and incessant bass synths, yet Fearless has managed to crack up the energy levels even further. On the A-side he has grafted rhythmic patterns onto a four-to-the-floor beat and compelling bass signature. Feedback, echoing voices, a sprinkling of synth - only the most essential elements, nothing which risks overloading the mix. Meanwhile on the B-side, the original track is barely recognisable. Fearless has plucked just a few notes from the bassline and crafted a fine slice of hypnotic electro-dub with minor chord echoes.