Can co-founder and bassist Holger Czukay dies aged 79

Can co-founder and bassist Holger Czukay dies aged 79

The German musician was a major force in the influential krautrock band, and is widely renowned as an early pioneer of sampling. It is reported he was found in the original studio of the band Can in Weilerswist, in the region near Cologne, where Czukay had been living.

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. He became interested in radio technology and music as a young man, but he wasn't particularly concerned with rock music until he heard The Beatles' psychedelic 1967 track "I Am The Walrus".

Czukay played bass and handled much of the recording and engineering. He left the group in 1977 after contributing only tapes and sound effects to the group's album Saw Delight, released that same year. Czukay's wife Ursula had died in July, while former bandmate Jaki Liebezeit - with whom he created Can's driving rhythm section - also died back in January.

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As well as his solo work, Czukay later collaborated with the likes of Brian Eno, U.N.K.L.E. and Eurythmics.

Czukay's last album was released in 2015 titled 11 Years Innerspace.

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