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 - Drive Inn album art Rainer Bloss & Klaus Schulze Rainer Bloss & Klaus Schulze - Drive Inn (Album) Inteam GmbH Germany 1984 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Aphrica album art Ernst Fuchs, Klaus Schulze, Rainer Bloss Ernst Fuchs, Klaus Schulze, Rainer Bloss - Aphrica (Album) Inteam GmbH Germany 1984 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Inter * Face album art Klaus Schulze Inter * Face (Album) Brain Germany 1985 Sell This Version
ID 20.010 Klaus Schulze - Drive Inn 2 album art Rainer Bloss & Klaus Schulze Rainer Bloss & Klaus Schulze - Drive Inn 2(LP, Album) Inteam GmbH ID 20.010 Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Dreams album art Klaus Schulze Dreams (Album) Brain Germany 1986 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Babel album art Klaus Schulze & Andreas Grosser Klaus Schulze & Andreas Grosser - Babel (Album) Venture Greece 1987 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - En=Trance album art Klaus Schulze En=Trance (Album) Brain Germany 1988 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Miditerranean Pads album art Klaus Schulze Miditerranean Pads (Album) Brain Germany 1990 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - The Dresden Performance album art Klaus Schulze The Dresden Performance (Album) Venture Europe 1990 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Beyond Recall album art Klaus Schulze Beyond Recall (Album) Venture Italy 1991 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Royal Festival Hall Volume 1 album art Klaus Schulze Royal Festival Hall Volume 1 (Album) Venture, Venture US 1992 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Royal Festival Hall Volume 2 album art Klaus Schulze Royal Festival Hall Volume 2 (Album) Venture, Venture UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDVE918, 0777 7 87013 2 3, 263 327, CDVE 918 Klaus Schulze - The Dome Event album art Klaus Schulze The Dome Event(CD, Album) Venture, Venture, Venture, Venture CDVE918, 0777 7 87013 2 3, 263 327, CDVE 918 UK & Europe 1993 Sell This Version
Musique Intemporelle Special KS 1-10 Klaus Schulze - Silver Edition album art Klaus Schulze Silver Edition(10xCD, Ltd, Num) Musique Intemporelle Musique Intemporelle Special KS 1-10 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Le Moulin De Daudet album art Klaus Schulze Le Moulin De Daudet (Album) Virgin France 1994 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Das Wagner Desaster - Live album art Klaus Schulze Das Wagner Desaster - Live (Album) ZYX Music Germany 1994 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Trancelation album art Wahnfried* Feat. Klaus Schulze Wahnfried* Feat. Klaus Schulze - Trancelation (Album) ZYX Music France 1994 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Goes Classic album art Klaus Schulze Goes Classic (Album) ZYX Music Germany 1994 Sell This Version
ZYX 81014-2 Klaus Schulze - Totentag album art Klaus Schulze Totentag(2xCD, Album) ZYX Music ZYX 81014-2 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Historic Edition album art Klaus Schulze Historic Edition (Album) Manikin Records Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol 1 album art Pete Namlook & Klaus Schulze Pete Namlook & Klaus Schulze - The Dark Side Of The Moog Vol 1 (Album) Ambient World Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - In Blue album art Klaus Schulze In Blue (Album) ZYX Music Germany 1995 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - The Dark Side Of The Moog 4 album art Pete Namlook & Klaus Schulze Feat. Bill Laswell Pete Namlook & Klaus Schulze Feat. Bill Laswell - The Dark Side Of The Moog 4 (Album) Ambient World Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Are You Sequenced? album art Klaus Schulze Are You Sequenced? (Album) Eye Of The Storm Germany 1996 Sell This Version
Klaus Schulze - Dosburg Online album art Klaus Schulze Dosburg Online (Album) Eye Of The Storm Germany 1997 Sell This Version

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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
edited 11 months ago
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) ;-)
cosmit

cosmit

June 18, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
"Ah, the master has done it again. I firmly believe that Klaus Schulze is as important to electronic music as BACH or MOZART were to classical music"
July 1984, "Synthetic Pleasure, USA"

Totally agree!
TimaMachine

TimaMachine

September 30, 2012
edited over 5 years ago
The fact that there is only one comment here and it being negative about the great Klaus Schulze should tell you a little bit about this site's demographic and user base. Now just head to a release by Drexciya, Jeff Mills, Aphex Twin, Basic Channels, and so on... and read people drooling about how amazing some of these overrated producers are. You also find users fighting like little kids over who started techno and all that nonsense. I guess it makes them happy to think that their favorite artist was the one who started it all. Personally I don't consider myself a fan of any particular artist (Klaus Schulze included), I am only a fan of good music regardless of who is behind it. Unfortunately fanboys usually fail to admit when their favorite artist does a poor job, they somehow feel obligated to defend. However, the more music you listen to it becomes easier to separate true talents from the untalented and calling KS "untalented pioneer" is simply laughable. Like so many prolific artists KS discography includes highs and lows; despite that his overall influence on the evolution of electronic music is essential. Although a lot of wanna be producers have tried, there are only a handful out there (KS included) that can make a 30min+ track so enjoyable and worth listening to again and again. For god's sake, producers of today can barely make a 3min track enjoyable. Now if you want to go back and find origins of say ambient, electro, techno or trance, you might as well put KS on top of your list. The sounds this guy was making during his late 70s/early 80s period have so many trademarks of what trance music should be and that is "putting you in a state of trance". Yes, it's not club trance with beats and all that but it certainly is a precursor to the hypnotic and spacey trance sounds of early 90's picked up by the likes of Dance 2 Trance and others.

Is it a surprise then that even the Trancemaster 4 compilation from 1993 included "Druck", a track composed by KS 22 years before this compilation came out?

With that said, here's my little recommendation for those who want a good taste of Berlin School of music and KS for that matter, check out some of these albums, the tracks inside brackets are personal picks and the ones that get a solid 5/5 from me. This is merely a teaser compared to Klaus Schulze's overall output throughout the years.

"Timewind" (1975) ----> [Bayreuth Return]
"Moondawn" (1976) ----> [Floating] (His best track for me, after 7min mark, it's progressive heaven)
"Body Love" (1977) ----> [P.T.O.]
"Body Love Vol.2" (1977) ----> [Nowhere - Now Here]
"X" (1978) ----> [Friedrich Nietzsche, Georg Trakl, Frank Herbert]
"Tonwelle" (1981) ----> [Druck]
"Drive Inn" (1984) ----> [Drive Inn, Highway, Road Clear]
"Transfer Station Blue" (1984) ----> [Communiqué: "Approach Spiral"]
"Dreams" (1986) ----> [A Classical Move]
"Miditerranean Pads" (1990) ----> [Decent Changes]
"Beyond Recall" (1991) ----> [Brave Old Sequence]
"Trance Appeal" (1996) ----> [A Chilly Fiesta, Esprit Sans Frontieres]
"Drums ´N´ Balls (The Gancha Dub)" (1997) ----> [House Of India]
"Dosburg Online" (1997) ----> [L'Age Core, The Art Of Sequencing]

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