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Louis Thomas Hardin aka "Moondog" was an American musician, composer, theoretician, poet and inventor born 1916 in Marysville, Kansas. Blind from the age of 16 due to a farm accident, Hardin turned to music, teaching himself ear training and composition. In 1943 he moved to New York City and met many musical luminaries such as Leonard Bernstein, Arturo Toscanini, Charlie Parker and Benny Goodman. By 1947 Hardin called himself Moondog and began wearing a viking cloak and carriying a trident as he walked the streets of NYC. His music was an early form of ambient music influenced by native American chants, modern jazz and classical music, all fused with the sounds he heard around him in the city. He survived by selling poetry, music compositions and street busking. He also founded the Moondog Record label to publish his music. In 1974 he moved to Münster in Germany to pursue his interests in Nordic culture. Moondog released 17 albums in his lifetime. 1969's Moondog is his masterpiece, other outstanding releases include Moondog (1956), Moondog 2, In Europe, H'art Songs, Elpmas and Sax Pax for a Sax. After his death in 1999, Moondog's music was critically reviewed and viewed as being an influence on early Minimalist composers such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich.

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