Exposé Online banner

Dieter Moebius — Blotch
(Bureau B BB209, 1999/2016, CD / LP/ DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2017-06-12

Blotch Cover art

After Moebius’ passing in 2015, Bureau B started reissuing his final four solo albums. The first in this series is Blotch, curiously named after a dab of paint. Moebius had a long musical career, but most of his output was either as Kluster / Cluster or collaborations with other artists. His first solo album was Tonspuren (1983) and his second, 16 years later, was Blotch. Blotch was a dramatic change from the more tune-oriented Tonspuren, which is not surprising given the length of time between the two. Blotch marked a turning point in Moebius’ career as well, since from this point onward until his death, Moebius focused increasingly on his solo work. The music on Blotch is loop-based, explores experimental sonic textures, and quite frequently rhythmic tending to hypnotize the listener. Each of the eight tracks is different, some evoking pulsating heavy machinery: “The Tracker” and “Im Raum.” There are a couple of surprises as well. The ten minute “Kohlzug” is essentially a backing track for a jazz saxophone improvisation. The initially random sounding sax notes intertwine with the electronics and are eventually multi-tracked providing simultaneous bass and treble notes. Another surprise is “Balistory,” which was originally planned as the final track. On “Balistory” we hear a prepared piano with looped notes evoking a carousel or music box and then a muffled piano miniature to close the track. For this reissue, Bureau B included the bonus track “Neues,” with drones and a looped beat, along with sonic snaps, electronic crickets, and swirling electronics. Blotch was mastered by Tim Story, who also provided the prepared piano and piano solo on “Balistory.”


Filed under: Reissues, 2016 releases, 1999 recordings

Related artist(s): Dieter Moebius

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Tipographica - Tipographica – While Japan has always had its share of inventive new musics, the recent surge in this area has put the country on the map like never before. With Happy Family, Il Berlione, Ruins, Zypressen,...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues