"Dear fans and friends of Birth Control,
Unfortunately I have to post a very, very sad message. On Tuesday, 02.18.2014, our drummer and singer Bernd "Nossi" Noske passed away! The funeral took place in silence in the circle of family.
Who would like to support Nossi's widow with a donation can be sure that these will be thankfully accepted! Kornelia Sommerfeld-Noske, Zum Bäumchen 9, D-53809 Ruppichteroth, Germany
After the burial the band will decide how it goes - or whether it ends here and now. However - we will preserve Nossi's memory in honor - he lives on in our hearts.
As reported by the Embryo Facebook page, Chris Karrer has passed away. An absolute musical genius, he was a founding member of the Amon Düül commune and mainstay of Amon Düül II, playing guitar, violin and sax. He also played with Embryo. This picture is from Finkenbach Festival in 2018, last time I saw the band. My condolences to his family and friends.
Sadly, Christian Buchard, the founder of the German jazz-rock-world collective Embryo passed away. My condolences to his family and in particular his daughter Marja, I hope she continues the torch!
"Der Multiinstrumentalist und Gründer der Weltmusik- und Krautrockband Embryo ist am 17. Januar 2018 im Alter von 71 Jahren verstorben. Christian erlitt vor etwa zwei Jahren einen Schlaganfall und konnte nicht mehr auftreten. Seitdem hat seine Tochter Marja die Bandleitung übernommen. Im Jahr 2008 erhielt Embryo (gegründet 1969) den Deutschen Weltmusikpreis 'Ruth'.
Submitted by Charles Snider on Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:30
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.
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.
This year I will be travelling to Mani Neumaier's annual open air music festival in Finkenbach. The two day festival on August 10th and 11th, features an amazing lineup: Epitah, Faust, Amon Düül II and Marblewood on Friday, and Embryo, Birth Control, Kraan, Guru Guru, Jane and Vibravoid on Saturday. SEE YOU THERE!