Holger Czukay, co-founder and bassist with pioneering German krautrock band Can, has died at age 79. The legendary musician was found dead in his apartment in Weilerswist, Germany.
Born in Poland in 1938, Czukay, who was interested in radio technology and music, founded the influential krautrock band in Cologne, West Germany in 1968.
As part of the group he played bass guitar and performed most of the engineering for the influential group, recording with it nine albums. He then left the band in 1977. On the other hand, as a solo artist, he released 11 solo albums over the years, experimenting with sound effects and developing new recording techniques.
But that’s not all, because Czukay is also celebrated for his experiments with the art of sampling and for his whole new method of composition called “radio painting” – the use of shortwave radios to record random snippets of sound and past them collage-style into recordings.
“We are very sad to confirm that Holger passed away yesterday, in his home, the old CAN Studio in Weilerswist,” the band wrote on Facebook. “His wife U-She passed away only weeks before. Holger was devastated by the loss of his beloved partner, but was looking forward to making more music and was in good spirits. His passing has come as a shock. We will post more information about funeral arrangements shortly“.
His passing follows the deaths of Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit earlier this year and of his wife Ursula in July.