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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 17 – What musician best captured the essence of analog electronic space music


klaus Schulze Mirage

http://youtu.be/UpaoRFPzwQ4 – Velvet Voyage from the 1977 album Mirage – an electronic winter landscape – video by picturemusic 75

Klaus Schulze "X"

http://youtu.be/0vtE7–vetE – Frank Herbert from the classic 1978 album “X” by Klaus Schulze – video by zrhno

German composer, Klaus Schulze is one the most creative and
enduring electronic musician of our modern age. Born in Berlin in 1947, his
musical career began as a drummer, bassist and guitarist with several rock
bands including the band PSY FREE. He was an original member of TANGERINE DREAM and a
founding member of ASH RA TEMPEL. Both of these bands are all time favorites of mine,
and had become a significant part of my listening playlist during the 1970’s and 80’s.  Klaus Schulze ventured out on his own in the early 70’s and recorded his first solo album in 1972 entitled Irrlicht. Several remarkable albums followed including
Cyborg in 1973, Timewind in 1975, and Body Love; a USA Billboard import charting in
at #2. In 1977 and 1978 he then produced the two albums featured here in this music
challenge; namely Mirage, and “X” respectively.

Out of the vast collection of recordings Klaus Schulze has
produced, these two distinctly different albums in style and sound composition
are my favorites.

In an interview with the master of “electronic space music”, Klaus
described his music as “the background to a mental picture, but the exact
interpretation must be made by the listener, hence the music is only half
composed and the listener himself should attack the composition to gain a mental
repercussion. This is why, perhaps, people love or hate my music!”

I’ve always admired and embraced his music as an art form unto itself, with its unfolding layers of sound
— their tones, textures and colors producing a mysterious, evolving beauty at its very core.

Enjoy the master of Electronic Music.

Live concert in 1978 with Wolfgang Tiepold

Klaus performing on he Moog analog synthersizer circa 1970's

The 1980's and the emergence of the digital age in music

Klaus Schulze still going strong in 2010

Klaus Schulze – Mirage

Velvet Voyage


Crystal Lake


In cosa crede chi non


Soundtrack recording
from 1976 (Bonus Track)

Klaus Schulze – “X”

# 1 : Friedrich Nietzsche


Georg Trakl


Frank Herbert


Friedemann Bach


# 2 : Ludwig II. von Bayern


Heinrich von Kleist


Objet d’Louis


Live with orchestra,
1978 (Bonus Track)

6 responses

  1. Okay, good to see you wrapping up the music challenge. 🙂

    September 12, 2011 at 5:20 am

  2. that’s culture!

    September 15, 2011 at 8:22 am

    • Thanks Frizz, German artists has played a major role in my artistic influence.

      October 2, 2011 at 6:17 am

  3. Ya know I did so many reading challenges that I missed the song one. I just might have to do this on and add another page. Thanks.

    October 1, 2011 at 7:29 am

    • Hi Jackie, I must admit it is taking some time for me to complete this challenge. And I do believe it was a Facebook Challenge. But it is an exciting way for me to explore my second love….music.

      October 2, 2011 at 6:20 am

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