Moebius* - Plank* - Neumeier* ‎– Zero Set

Sky Records ‎– SKY CD 3085, Sky Records ‎– sky CD 3085
CD, Album, Reissue

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1 Speed Display 5:13
2 Load 5:20
3 Pitch Control 6:23
4 All Repro 3:28
5 Recall
Vocals – Deuka, Sudan*
6 Search Zero 8:38

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Recorded 1982 at Conny's studio
Titles 1 - 3 published by German News Musikverlag
P. 1983

Catalogue numbers: SKY CD 3085 on cover, sky CD 3085 on CD label.

Version distributed by Da Music. Earlier copies show Discobox GmbH as the distributor.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: none
  • Matrix / Runout: SONOPRESS B-5875 / CD 3085 A
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Label Code: LC 4435
  • SPARS Code: AAD

Other Versions (5 of 9) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
sky 085, 085 Moebius* - Plank* - Neumeier* Moebius* - Plank* - Neumeier* - Zero Set(LP, Album) Sky Records, Sky Records sky 085, 085 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
BB037 Moebius* - Plank* - Neumeier* Moebius* - Plank* - Neumeier* - Zero Set(LP, Album, RE, 180) Bureau B BB037 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
SKY CD 3085 Moebius* - Plank* - Neumeier* Moebius* - Plank* - Neumeier* - Zero Set(CD, Album, RE) Sky Records SKY CD 3085 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
085, SKY 085 Moebius* - Plank* - Neumeier* Moebius* - Plank* - Neumeier* - Zero Set(LP, Album, RE) Sky Records, EFD 085, SKY 085 Japan Unknown Sell This Version
BB 037, bb 037 Moebius* - Plank* - Neumeier* Moebius* - Plank* - Neumeier* - Zero Set(CD, Album, RE) Bureau B, Bureau B BB 037, bb 037 Germany 2009 Sell This Version



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March 5, 2011
edited over 5 years ago
Zero Set achieves an organic fusion of squelchy sequenced analogue lines and Mani Neumeier's polyrhythmic tribal drum pyrotechnics. Neumeier's drumming is the sinewy backbone of this album. He achieves a mechanical precision here that is in a very different vein from the mind-blowing freeform percussive melees that characterize Guru Guru's early albums. The rhythms on Zero Set are complex and tense--they suspend themselves indefinitely, the kicks and snares seeming almost to tumble over each other in waves of sound. At other moments, Neumeier pulls off short, syncopated machine-gun bursts. It's amazing to hear a live drummer who performs at a level far above the drum machine deconstructions later artists would carry out with sampling technology. Neumeier infuses the most machine-like rhythms with a fierce, ritualistic immediacy, as if he's some kind of shaman on a quest to prove that machines will never be able to reproduce the dynamism of a human performance. Dieter Moebius and Conny Plank's knob-twiddling is also consistently amazing. Staccato, fragmented, heavily tweaked yet incredibly warm synthlines interlock with Neumeier's very live drumming. Some tracks only hint at melodies, with the synths serving primarily to accentuate the rhythm, while others feature jaunty, child-like hooks reminiscent of Cluster's Zuckerzeit. Throughout the album the synths seem to be manipulated by a plant-like, fungal, or extraterrestrial intelligence, preserving the spirit of Cluster and Guru Guru's early 1970s consciousness-expanding jam sessions (in many of which Plank played an integral role). At moments the music warps and twists into churning ambience with interwoven heavily processed voices. The first track, on the other hand, is propelled by a rubbery, rolling bass line that almost sounds as if it could work in an Italo Disco track if it weren't so twitchy and nervous--it anticipates the later flowering of electronic music while thinking beyond the generic constraints to which producers in the 90s so often succumbed (not to mention these benighted present days).