Fred Und Luna

Fred Und Luna, aka Rainer Buchmüller, takes on this month’s round of quick-fire questions

Hello Rainer, where are you right now and what can you see?

“I am looking out of a big window with a view of my garden. It’s a sunny spring afternoon, a perfect background for our conversation, and to later on write a musical piece with Fred Und Luna on my mind.”

So Fred and Luna are your muses?

“A very good definition. They have become a major influence on my musical life and have been my main inspiration since I first met them some years ago.”

And they’re mannequins living in a fashion boutique in Karlsruhe?

“For most people they are showroom dummies, yes. But for me they are more than that, they have a secret human touch.”

What sort of shop is it?

“It’s a classical kind of boutique, founded in 1899. In Germany we call it ‘Modehaus’. I shop there from time to time. Recently I bought some Bavarian Lederhosen with matching shoes, socks, shirt and jacket.”

Would I like it?

“Yes, why not?”

Your other inspiration, of course, is German electronic music…

“It has always been very special and, for me as a German, has always sounded very familiar, up-to-date and futuristic.”

This is your fourth album. You’ve called it ‘Im Fünfminutentakt’?

“‘Im Fünfminutentakt’ means ‘every five minutes’.”

If it’s your fourth album, why aren’t the tracks four minutes long?

“Ha-ha, good question! You should have asked that before I came up with the five minute idea. That would have made two more songs on the album.”

‘Es Ist So Schön’ is sung in three languages. Is krautrock an international language?

“Nowadays, definitely. In the 1970s it was different. Many German bands were smiled about in other countries, but thanks to the timeless music of bands like Can, Kraftwerk or Tangerine Dream, the reputation of krautrock grew all over the world and made German electronic music an international language.”

Live, you represent Fred, but Luna is always different. How does that work?

“Before each concert, Luna is spontaneously chosen from local musicians – musicians who play at the same festival, friends, someone from the audience or someone I met in the streets that afternoon. This makes every show a unique surprise for me… and for the audience.”

Has Luna ever been played by a man?

“Yes, very often. Luna is not limited to a female character. In French ‘la lune’ is feminine, in German ‘der Mond’ is masculine.”

Can we send the editor of Electronic Sound along next time you play? He’d make a super Luna!

“This is a great idea. I invite him to join and am very much looking forward to see and hear what instrument he comes up with.”

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