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Cluster

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Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius parted ways with Conrad Schnitzler to form Cluster in 1971. Their improvised music proved ground breaking in terms of structure and timbre, mostly composed by treated instruments and electronic means. After leaving Berlin, they settled in Forst, Lower Saxony, and built a home studio, which fostered collaborations with many musicians, including Michael Rother, Conny Plank. Brian Eno and Mani Neumeier.

Founded: 1971

Location: Forst, Germany

Website: hans-joachim roedelius

Eiliff

Founded: 1970

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Faust

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German for "fist", Faust were pioneers in the studio. After two albums for Polydor, they signed with the fledgling Virgin label. Priced as a single, The Faust Tapes album sold a staggering 50,000 + copies - amazing since it is one amazingly weird pastiche. Their live appearances were explosive (literally), as the pinball machines and jack-hammer legends detail. The band carried on for nearly two years after IV, however that album, recorded outside the Wumme studio, was their last.

Founded: 1970

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Website: Faust General : News

Frumpy

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Hamburg's finest, Inga Rumpf, Jean-Jacques Kravetz, Carsten Bohn, and Karl-Heinz Schott, blazed as Frumpy before morphing into Atlantis.

Founded: 1970

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Website: INGA RUMPF & FRIENDS

Genrich, Ax

Monster guitarist for Guru Guru. Also was founding member of Agitation Free.

Founded: 1945

Location: West Berlin, Germany

Website: Ax Genrich & Band

Göttsching, Manuel

One of the true pioneers of what would eventually be called techno, house, electronic etc. His work as a solo artist represents some of the most seminal works from the progressive era.

Founded: 1952

Location: Berlin, Germany

Website: Ashra - The Official Website

Großkopf, Harald

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Best known for his metronomic drumming with Klaus Schulze, Wallenstein, and Ashra, Harald Großkopf is also an accomplished synthesist and world musician.

Founded: 1949

Location: Hildesheim, Germany

Website: Harald Grosskopf - The Official Website

Guru Guru

If Cream or Jimi Hendrix invented the "power trio", Germany's Guru Guru defined it on acid, offering the purest psychedlic freakouts on their early albums. Later albums, ever under the direction of Mani Neumeier, traversed all sorts of diverse music.

Founded: 1968

Location: Zurich, Switzerland

Website: Guru Guru

Harmonia

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A collaboration between Michael Rother of Neu!, and Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius of Cluster, Harmonia released two albums for the Brain label, and a third collaboration with Brian Eno (a precursor to Cluster & Eno) was released decades later.

Founded: 1973

Location: Forst, Germany

Website: Harmonia | GROENLAND

Harmonia: The Complete Works

Teaser video from Groenland Records to celebrate the release of the career-spanning Harmonia box set.

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