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Schwerin, Germany (1980 – present)

There is more than one band/artist with this name:

1. Weltklang is the first project of the German Democratic Republic and was formed in the East-German town of Schwerin, in 1980.

Current members are Thomas Voburka and René Steuns. Thomas Voburka is also the founder of the Berlin based electronic music label Exil-System, one of the first DIY-Labels of , also known as ().

Inspired by the fast rise of and by the subculture’s DIY attitude Weltklang’s main principle was to remove all dispensable ornamentation and polish from their music, and to use the simplest and most minimalist structures.

Weltklang is particularly noted for the innovatively sparse and yet classic Minimal wave track VEB Heimat, which was originally released in 1980. Not hugely successful at first, the unique and futuristic sound of Weltklang managed to equal an international cult status over the following years, particularly within the and music scene.

More info can be found on the band’s official website http://www.myspace.com/vebheimat as well as on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weltklang

2. Weltklang Live Electronic Music was founded 1978 in Munich, Germany by Richard Aicher and Andreas Merz.

3. Weltklang is also the name of a German synth pop band which was formed by Chris Wellenberg, Michael Kalus and Norbert Braun in 1982 in Neuss, Germany.

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