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While best known for his solo recordings as Move D, German David Moufang has recorded a dizzying number of collaborations, producing many of the best explorations of ambient techno and deep house recorded during the '90s, 2000s, and 2010s; his best-known are probably those with ambient techno legend Pete Namlook; Benjamin Brunn; Jonas Grossman (as Deep Space Network); Juju & Jordash (as Magic Mountain High); and Jonah Sharp (as Reagenz). In 1992, Moufang founded Source Records (based in Heidelberg, Germany) with Grossman, and the pair released their first material together that same year, as Earth to Infinity. One year later, they released their first Deep Space Network LP, Big Rooms, and the album received American distribution through Instinct. Moufang branched out in a big way in 1994 and 1995: he released the solo album Solitaire on Fax, the Move D debut Kunststoff ("Plastic") on Source, and collaborated with Spacetime Continuum's Jonah Sharp as Reagenz for a self-titled album on Reflective. Moufang's often-confusing timeline continued in 1996 with another Move D release, Exploring the Psychedelic Landscape, his first collaboration with Pete Namlook, and two more DSN works, Deep Space Network Meets Higher Intelligence Agency and Traffic: Live at the Love Parade. In 1997, he inaugurated yet another project, an ambient jazz unit known as Conjoint. Throughout the 2000s, he recorded mainly as Move D. He produced the solo albums Pop for Dwoozle (2004) and Tonspuren 1-10 (2007); four albums with Thomas Meinecke; two with Benjamin Brunn; and more than 20 with Pete Namlook, by far his most prolific collaborator. There were also new albums by Reagenz, Deep Space Network, and Conjoint, and the launch of another new group, Studio Pankow. The 2010s saw another Reagenz album, as well as two new collaborative projects. Magic Mountain High featured Juju & Jordash, while the Mulholland Free Clinic brought together all the members of both Magic Mountain High and Reagenz. Moufang also released a live album with Jordan Czamanski (Jordash) under his given name. His most poignant release was the 2014 Move D solo album The Silent Orbiter, a tribute to his friend Pete Namlook, who had passed away two years earlier. That year, he also mixed Fabric 74. In 2018, Kunststoff, which in the intervening years had come to be recognized as a modern classic, was reissued by AVA Records. In 2019 Moufang released his fifth Move D solo album, Building Bridges, on Aus Music, a collection of tunes recorded across the entire span of his career. ~ John Bush

Heidelberg, Germany
September 7, 1966
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