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In an age before music videos, push-up bras and chest-waxing, an age where funk was king, groovy was the watchword of the cool and the moustache made the man, he was a pioneer. Enter the wonderful world of Klaus Harmony, download his mp3s, and get a true taste of a seventies world of hot dudes, sexy chicks and gloriously funky beats.

Tracks from Harmony’s '70's Porn Collection' featured in the BBC2 adaptation of Martin Amis's Money, on Russell Howard's Good News on BBC3, in several adverts, was celebrated by nightclub DJ's in Bosnia, and even had Hollywood producers beating a path to his door, with the track Wundercrotchen giving a supporting role in Jason Bateman’ film comedy, 'Extract'.

But who is - or rather was - the German composer hailed by fans and adult movie aficionados as “The Mozart of Porn”, who disappeared in 1984 in an unexplained explosion at a used record store in London's East End? Lack of evidence has led some to speculate that the composer did not perish, whilst others claim the Klaus Harmony did not exist at all. Despite this, rumours of sightings of the composer have appeared on the internet.

Born in Baden in1941, Klaus Harmony was the foremost German composer of erotik film scores in the 1970’s, crafting music for over nine classic movies in just thirteen years. In collaboration with filmmaker and long time friend, Friedrich Wohlfäht, he expanded and thrust the genre beyond its known limits.

Together they created seminal classics such as 'Elektrische Lippen' (1969), 'Die Sins des Apostles' (1972) and 'The Ladies Man' (1977) which made stars of actors, Jürgen Klampf and Lola Schlipp, who was to become his fourth wife. In 1974 Klaus Harmony released an album of instrumental music, 'Brown on Brown' which gained cult status among his fans. Following the death of Wohlfäht in 1981, Harmony continued to write movies scores, eventually retiring in 1982. In 1984 he was killed in an unexplained explosion during a visit to a second-hand music store in London’s east end.

Five volumes of 'Oeuvre', the complete works of Klaus Harmony, are available to download at iTunes. 'Porno Sonatas', Godfrey Gilliam's sensitive and insightful biography of the man, his wives, his cars and his music, can be downloaded at klausharmony.com.

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