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Can co-founder Holger Czukay passes away at 79

Can co-founder Holger Czukay passes away at 79”

Holger Czukay, co-founder of legendary German experimental act Can, has passed away at the age of 79.

Czukay was found dead in his in Weilerswist home, a former cinema that is also the site of Can's Inner Space Studio.

Born in 1938 in Gdańsk, Poland, Czukay studied music under the guidance of Karlheinz Stockhausen from 1963 to 1966, going on to become a music teacher.

Czukay formed the seminal krautrock band in 1968 alongside keyboardist Irmin Schmidt, guitarist Michael Karoli and drummer Jaki Liebezeit.

He founded influential krautrock band Can shortly after that, playing bass and running most of the engineering and recording for the group.

After his departure from the group in 1977, Czukay released several solo albums which further cemented his place as one of the main forces in art-rock and musique concrète, such as the much acclaimed Movies (1979) and Rome Remains Rome (1987). With his solo career, Czukay was a pioneer of sampling, using tape loops ahead of the digital revolution.

It also follows the death of fellow original Can member and drummer Jaki Liebezeit, who passed away from pneumonia back in January aged 78.



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