DIETER MOEBIUS/CONNY PLANK/MANI NEUMEIER
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In 1983, Dieter Moebius (Cluster) and legendary producer Conny Plank teamed up for the thirdtime, resulting in theZero Set project. On thisoccasion, they were backed up by one of the best drummers on the German rock scene: ManiNeumeier of Guru Guru. Moebius had got to know and admire him as the live drummer for Harmonia (Moebius, Roedelius, Rother) and during the recording sessions for their secondalbum (De Luxe).Conny Plank, usually more of a background figure as producer, takes an equal share of the lime-light alongside the musicians. His super modern studio is brought into play like an instrument in itsown right; Plank explores the full range of audioediting, pushing recording techniques to the limitto achieve maximum brilliance and plasticity.Neumeier uses all of his many years of experi-ence as a drummer, demonstrating the precisionand stamina of a drum machine, just infinitely livelier and more inventive. And finally, to Moebius. Always one of the patriarchs of German electronic music, a creator of the most bizarre sound happenings, yet never sounding forced orarbitrary. On the contrary, he consistently worked within the context of the tracks themselves and their relationship to each other.The music on Zero Setflows both smoothly and energetically. No single idea is overplayed, noneof the tracks hits the ten minute mark. Aural and musical structures are concentrated to the point of askesis, yet there is no mistaking just how much the musicians are relishing playing toget-her – these are the two very different, yet defining characteristics of the album. Moebius, Neumeier and Plank are unsentimental in their use of tech-nology, exploiting it as an effective tool in pursuitof their musical vision. Three musicians at the topof their game and far too smart to allow theirefforts to drift into psychedelic meanderings.