Source: Curious Music.
As many an inquisitive kid knows, a Moebius strip is a loop with a half twist–draw a continuous line on one side, and it magically connects with itself. The two sides of a strip of paper somehow become just one. Serious mathematics aside, it’s a marvel that seems to reside slightly and delightfully outside our predictable 3D universe. A fitting comparison no doubt to the music of Dieter Moebius, a distant relative of the famous 19th century German theorist who revealed the quirks of his namesake ‘strips’. With a legacy of singular music that includes seminal work with Brian Eno, Conny Plank and most memorably with Hans-Joachim Roedelius in the duo Cluster, Dieter “Moebi” Moebius left us, with his passing in 2015, a rich musical universe equally beguiling and subversive.
Moebius Strips is American composer/sound artist Tim Story’s unique homage to that legacy–an immersive multi-channel audio installation assembled from the trove of inspiring sounds and methods the Swiss German pioneer left behind. Simultaneously respectful and playfully inventive, Story draws upon his decades-long friendship with Moebius for inspiration, imbuing the whole with the American artist’s fascination with the malleability of sound and context, and a desire to bridge the divide between listener and composer.
Story’s remarkable collaborators for this project include Geoff Barrow (Portishead, Beak), Sarah Davachi, Jean-Benoît Dunckel (Air), Eve Maret, Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Phew, Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia), Michael Rother (Harmonia, Kraftwerk, NEU!) and Yuri Suzuki.
Using Moebius’s sounds and loops, Story reimagines his friend’s inventive and slightly skewed aural universe as an engaging and elusive 3-dimensional sonic sculpture. Removed from their original contexts, these loops recombine in hypnotic arcs and visceral squiggles–mischievous, unorthodox, both warm and unsettling. Moebius loved collaboration, and Story approaches the Strips with a similar sense of community. Moebi’s music continues to inspire a generation of sound explorers and composers, and Story honors those connections by inviting a distinguished group of artists to add their voice to the Strips – to interact in their own unique ways with the constructions.
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