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Michael Rother (NEU!, Harmonia and Kraftwerk) Australian Tour March 2012

Written by Brayden Darke on December 19, 2011

One of the heavyweights of Krautkrock and German experimental electronica Michael Rother, along with Dieter Moebius and Hans Lampe, will be touring Australia in March 2012. Together they will perform the music of Neu!, Harmonia and other selected works.

Well-known for his incredible work in NEU!, Harmonia and Kraftwerk – bands whose music shaped much of rock and electronica to today – multi-instrumentalist and composer Michael Rother’s cult status is largely due to his infrequent touring and elusive recordings. Fans of his 70s art-rock catalogue will be treated to some of his most important and popular work on this tour.

Rother could be said to be responsible for the huge wave of popularity that art-rock, Krautrock and experimental electronica rode in the 70s, making him a pretty important figure in contemporary music’s history. A precursor to trance, electro-pop and experimental art-rock, Rother pioneered hypnotic and intense beats as well as spacious, avant-garde sounds that characterized the work of NEU!.

Previous collaborative partners include Sonic Youth’s drummer Steve Shelley, John Frusciante and Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2010, Rother and his band Hallogallo played New York’s ATP Festival.

Rother’s music features incredible synthesizer sounds that will transport you to another time – the future that was imagined in the past, a different world; a space-age daydream.

In a world-premier event, Rother is joined by former Harmonia bandmate Dieter Moebius (whom he toured with in 2007 as ‘Dieter & Moebius’) and NEU! bandmate Hans Lampe, re-uniting.

Michael Rother Interview

Michael Rother (NEU!, Harmonia and Kraftwerk) Australian Tour March 2012

The Zoo, Brisbane
Thursday 15th March

Adelaide Festival, Adeleaide
Friday 16th March

Oxford Arts Factory, Sydney
Saturday 17th March

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