Formally trained in Brussels and Berlin as a visual artist, Swiss-born Dieter Moebius has worked in the German film industry for years — but his world-wide reputation was made as a musician.
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 Schnitzler was forming with fellow underground artist Hans Joachim Roedelius. The trio released their debut LP Klopfzeichen, in 1970; in the wake of their third album, 1971's Kluster und Eruption, Schnitzler exited to pursue a solo career, and Moebius and Roedelius continued on as a duo, modifying the name to Cluster.
Working with famed producer Conrad Plank, Cluster began to move increasingly towards more structured soundscapes — with 1974's Zuckerzeit, they even pursued an electronic pop sound similar in spirit to Kraftwerk. Moebius and Roedelius also teamed with Neu!'s Michael Rother in Harmonia, releasing a pair of much-acclaimed mid-'70s LPs which caught the attention of Brian Eno, who in response collaborated with the trio on a legendary session (released much later as Harmonia 76) heralding a turn towards ambient textures (and influencing the sound of the 1976 Cluster album Sowiesoso). Roedelius and Moebius subsequently worked with Eno on 1977's Cluster and Eno and 1979's After the Heat as well; in the wake of 1981's Curiosum, however, they dissolved Cluster, with both pursuing solo endeavors.
Moebius' first subsequent effort was 1981's Material, a second collaboration with Plank (his proper solo debut, Rastakraut Pasta, had appeared two years earlier); together, they produced some of the most experimental recordings of their respective careers, creating harsh mutant soundscapes which over time gave way to the proto-ambient textures of 1986's En Route, their final work before Plank's untimely death. Concurrently Moebius also teamed with Gerd Beerbohm for 1982's Strange Music and 1983's Double Cut, both explorations of pure noise; meanwhile, with the solo album Tonspuren (also from 1983), Moebius clearly anticipated the emergence of techno. Apart from teaming with Karl Renzeihausen in the duo Ersatz. Because of his film career, his solo effort were put on-hold until his 1999 release Blotch and again in 2006 with Nurton. Around 2006 a building interest in Cluster reuniting (caused the soon-to-retire from his film career) Moebius and Roedelius to go on tour for around 4 years off and on. In 2009, he and Roedelius, with producer Tim Story came out with the first studio release in over 14 years, Qua. 2009 also brought out a new Moebius solo releases Kram. At the endof 2010 Cluster called it quits for good. As a result, Roedelius went on to form Qluster adding Onnen Bock to replace Moebius. In 2011, Moebius will be releasing his 5th solo release, Ding.
To date as of 2011, Moebius appears on well over a dozen Cluster recordings, as well as on collaborations with Brian Eno, Mani Neumeier, Gerd Beerbohm, Conny Plank, Karl Renziehausen, Tim Story and Dwight Ashley. Moebius also has released five solo albums, and has a soundtrack to his credit.