Klaus Schulze

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Born August 4th 1947, Schulze initially made his mark as a drummer, first with the group Psy Free, later with Tangerine Dream (he played on their first album "Electronic Meditation" before he quit) and Ash Ra Tempel (with Manuel Göttsching). In 1971 Schulze started a solo career as an electronic musician and released a couple of heavily experimental albums, "Irrlicht" and "Cyborg". 1973's "Cyborg" was the first release where he used a "real" synthesizer, the legendary VCS 3 and later in the 70's he would record albums such as "Moondawn", "Mirage" and "X" and embark on several tours, documented across a number of live albums.

In 1978 he set up the label Innovative Communication and the following year he also launched the pseudonym/project Richard Wahnfried. In the 1980's Schulze continued his hectic release schedule as well as recording several soundtracks and rebuilding his studio (he "went digital" in 1986). In summer 1983 Klaus Schulze 'sold' Innovative Communication.

In the 1990's Schulze recorded several electronic interpretations of works by classical composers (most notably Wagner) as well as collaborating with opera singers and other classical music performers on his own albums. He also started collaborating with German ambient/techno artist Pete Namlook in the series "The Dark Side Of The Moog" on the latter's Fax label, and steered the Wahnfried project into a more modern techno- and trance-inspired direction.
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Klaus Schulze - Irrlicht album art Klaus Schulze Irrlicht (Album) Ohr Germany 1972 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Cyborg album art Klaus Schulze Cyborg (Album) Kosmische Musik France 1973 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Blackdance album art Klaus Schulze Blackdance (Album) Brain, Brain, Metronome Australia 1974 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Starring In Tarot album art Klaus Schulze, Manuel Goettsching*, Jerry Berkers, Juergen Dollase*, Harald Grosskopf, Hartmut Enke, Walter Westrupp & Walter Wegmüller Klaus Schulze, Manuel Goettsching*, Jerry Berkers, Juergen Dollase*, Harald Grosskopf, Hartmut Enke, Walter Westrupp & Walter Wegmüller - Starring In Tarot (Album) Cosmic Music (2), Cosmic Music (2) France 1975 Sell This Version
840.060 Klaus Schulze - The Cosmic Jokers album art The Cosmic Jokers Featuring Klaus Schulze The Cosmic Jokers Featuring Klaus Schulze - The Cosmic Jokers(LP, Album, Quad) Cosmic Music (2) 840.060 France 1975 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Join Inn album art Klaus Schulze, Ash Ra Tempel Klaus Schulze, Ash Ra Tempel - Join Inn (Album) Cosmic Music (2), Ohr France 1975 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Timewind album art Klaus Schulze Timewind (Album) Brain, Brain UK 1975 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Picture Music album art Klaus Schulze Picture Music (Album) Brain, Brain Germany 1975 Sell This Version
Pld. SQ 6061 Klaus Schulze - Lord Krishna Von Goloka album art S.Golowin* - J.Berkers* - J.Dollase* - J.Mierke* - K.Schulze* - W.Westrupp* - B.Witthüser* S.Golowin* - J.Berkers* - J.Dollase* - J.Mierke* - K.Schulze* - W.Westrupp* - B.Witthüser* - Lord Krishna Von Goloka(LP, Quad) PDU Pld. SQ 6061 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Go!... Live From Paris album art Stomu Yamashta* / Steve Winwood / Klaus Schulze / Michael Shrieve / Al Di Meola Stomu Yamashta* / Steve Winwood / Klaus Schulze / Michael Shrieve / Al Di Meola - Go!... Live From Paris (Album) Island Records, Island Records US 1976 Sell This Version
Pld.SQ 6042, TLD SQ 6042 Klaus Schulze - Galactic Supermarket album art Klaus Schulze & Cosmic Jokers* Klaus Schulze & Cosmic Jokers* - Galactic Supermarket(LP, Album, Quad) PDU, PDU Pld.SQ 6042, TLD SQ 6042 Italy 1976 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Moondawn album art Klaus Schulze Moondawn (Album) Brain, Brain Germany 1976 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Body Love Vol.2 album art Klaus Schulze Body Love Vol.2 (Album) Brain France 1977 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Body Love (Originalmusik) album art Klaus Schulze Body Love (Originalmusik) (Album) Metronome Germany 1977 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Mirage album art Klaus Schulze Mirage (Album) Brain UK 1977 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - "X" album art Klaus Schulze "X" (Album) Brain, Brain Germany 1978 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Dune album art Klaus Schulze Dune (Album) Brain Germany 1979 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - ...Live... album art Klaus Schulze ...Live... (Album) Brain, Brain Germany 1980 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Dig It album art Klaus Schulze Dig It (Album) Brain Germany 1980 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Trancefer album art Klaus Schulze Trancefer (Album) Innovative Communication, Innovative Communication Germany 1981 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Dziękuję Poland (Live '83) album art Klaus Schulze & Rainer Bloss Klaus Schulze & Rainer Bloss - Dziękuję Poland (Live '83) (Album) Innovative Communication Poland 1983 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Audentity album art Klaus Schulze Audentity (Album) Innovative Communication, Innovative Communication Italy 1983 Sell This Version
0421-347466 Klaus Schulze - Der Deutsche E-Musiker album art Klaus Schulze Der Deutsche E-Musiker(LP, Ltd) Verlag Innovation Design 0421-347466 Germany 1983 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Angst album art Klaus Schulze Angst (Album) Inteam GmbH Germany 1984 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Transfer Station Blue album art Michael Shrieve with Kevin Shrieve and Klaus Schulze Michael Shrieve with Kevin Shrieve and Klaus Schulze - Transfer Station Blue (Album) Fortuna Records US 1984 Sell This Version

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vueloquimico

vueloquimico

November 13, 2019
ITS grande artista!!!!! LOVE Music schooll Berlín!!! THANK YOU FOR Music electrónico!!!!
aeon6th

aeon6th

August 16, 2019
Oh man, this is Klaus Schulze for God's sake! He is the greatest artist of our time!
zulupapa

zulupapa

February 10, 2019
I agree that Schulze is highly overrated. He is a percussionist and I acknowledge his influence in that regard with his electronic implementations of it. But musically, his notes are the same repetitive generic 'spooky' progressions throughout his work. I do happen to like Moondawn and Kontinuum in spite of this, and I think that Moondawn probably had an influence on Kraftwerk in terms of certain electronic sounds and rhythms, but in terms of chordal arrangements, Schulze is not even in the conversation in the German scene. He does not actually compose music in the sense that Edgar Froese, Florian Fricke and Manuel Göttsching do/did. And it is very refreshing to find someone with whom I agree on this. When you strip away the electronica and the percussion/rhythm and are left with merely the musical notes, Schulze comes up seriously wanting at best. Incidentally, one of the most ridiculous rankings I have ever seen is FACT Magazine placing Moondawn at #2 and Tangerine Dream's Phaedra at #49, not to mention all the other marvelous albums that show up in their ranking. Overrated indeed!!
Sergelenkov

Sergelenkov

June 20, 2018
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Klaus Schulze is genius and wizard of electronic music. To explore his works is an interesting quest. As he used to say in the first 10 minutes of his composotions he creates his listener and only after that the interesting things are starting. So you have to be thoughtful listener and his music will work for you. Sometimes it works from the second or from the third, fourth listening. If it doesn't - simply try other album. Klaus Schulze recorded a lot of them. "Mirage", "Timewind", "Body Love", "Dune" (with Arthur Brown), "X", "Dig It", "Kontinuum" - long imaginary landscapes of thoughts and rhythms. "Freindship", "In Blue" are collaborations with Manuel Göttsching (Ashra). And by the way don't forget to listen to the albums by Ash Ra Tempel. And it's different music. "Farscape", "Rheingold", "Big in Europe" are albums with completely improvised singing by Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance) - and it's other kind of music. Light relaxing comfortable chill-out music of "Cocooning" and "Privée" (Contemporary Works). And it's not all turns on his artistic way. Even not the half of all turns. You should be prepared for disilussions (what's to like here?) and for the openings (wow!). His works wouldn't remind you of the style of other wizards of classical electronic music from the 70's 80's - Jarre, Vangelis, Michel Huygen (Neuronium), Zanov. It's different approach. He is a kind of Columbus who tried to open way to India and China but instead of it he find the way to different interesting and strange places. And you will follow him in his expeditions. Start to listen with "Crystal Lake" from "Mirage" - this music is keeping the secret of life and death.
e-control

e-control

May 4, 2018
completely agree with "ttooyyss". Klaus Schulze = most overrated artist musicwise.
the same, uninspired chords, melodies all over.
Herr_Lenz

Herr_Lenz

January 6, 2018
The pressing quality and the sound of the 2017 releases are good, but the reproduction of the cover artwork are bad and in the case of "irrlicht" it´s just the cover of the 2nd release from the 70´s and not the artwork from the 1st press. The pictures are blurred and pixelated. The good thing are the download card. But i think, it´s a lost chance to re-release a lot of magnificent albums from the legenday Klaus Schulze.
hawklord90

hawklord90

November 30, 2017
I own hundreds of synth cds and I to little Willie John find a lot of it cheesy .I listen to all sorts of music, bowie to zappa , singer song writers and em .but I always return to schulze don't know what it is but know one does what he does better and yes he has produced some tosh but so have all the others , I think a lot of people don't get schulze because he doesn't play "tunes" but I think that's the main thing people who follow him love about him . For me the down side of him is watching him play live just seems to hold down a chord and just building up to a solo .but you can't have everything
littlewilliejohn

littlewilliejohn

March 17, 2016
mhiraldo, we are obviously dealing with questions of taste here. For example, I consider much of Vangelis' and Tomita's work to be quite cheesy, but Schulze' big detractor on this thread seems to think that these people are superior to Schulze in every way.

I dislike categorical pronouncements of any sort, and I think that Schulze's chief fault (aided and abetted by his manager Klaus Mueller) is his inability to edit himself. Consequently, there's a lot of Schulze material available which is extremely boring and predictable -- like (as several critics have observed) he has flipped the automatic pilot switch. But then again, I find his best work, early and recent, to be exquisitely beautiful. So for the less than serious Schulze listener, it can be a question of what he/she has been exposed to.
phantammeron

phantammeron

October 27, 2015
Thank you Klaus Schulze for your inspiring work. I am a huge fan here in the US and always discovering new and amazing things in your music. Being a Richard Wagner fan, I can feel the influence in your music in the epic qualities portrayed therein. I look forward to listening to more of your work, as it has inspired my own art and writing. Best of luck to you :)
TheBishopde

TheBishopde

June 16, 2015
Klaus Schulze is a phenomenon. Just listen to his debut IRRLICHT - without any Synthesizer he created everything known today as "ambient" or "drone". Long before Brian Eno even thought about such soundscapes. Schulze made his mark all along the Electronic Music timeline, call it Berlin School, Ambient, Trance or Chillout. Tell me anyone, who "invented" a "new" electronic style...I name you an even earlier Schulze album with that music already explored.
For those about to discuss KS and his magnificent music, join us on Facebook: Deutsches Klaus Schulze Forum (don't mind the "Deutsches", we are international though) ;-)

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