Klaus Schulze is one of the seminal artists of electronic music.
He was an early member of Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, but quickly established himself as a solo electronic artists. In the 70’s, Schulze helped define the ‘Berlin School’ of electronic music – a new style of music that was performed almost completely on synthesizers.
Over the last 5 decades, Schulze has been prolific, releasing more than 60 albums. He’s also released 50+ CDs of material from his vaults that didn’t make it onto his ‘official’ albums.
As a result, his massive discography is daunting.
Here are five essential Klaus Schulze albums, covering both his classic and more recent work. This is not intended to be a ‘best of’ list – but, instead, a selection of albums that provide an introduction to the full range and scope of Klaus Schulze’s work. Continue reading
This video captures synth pioneer Klaus Schulze performing A Crystal Poem and Sequencers are Beautiful.
The video comes from Schulze’s Big In Japan, which was recorded 20 and 21 March 2010, during two solo concerts in Tokyo. Continue reading
Bertrand Loreau’s Nostalgic Steps is a new album of electronic music that is inspired by the classic electronic sounds of the 70’s.
This 70’s space music retronica pays tribute to its inspiration – artists like Klaus Schulze, Jean Michel Jarre & Michael Hoenig. Indeed, with titles like Semblance of a Mysterious Dream & Mind Floating, some Berlin School fans may find themselves trying to make explicit connections with the music of Loreau’s predecessors. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a classic Berlin School style live performance by synth pioneer Klaus Schulze. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via grooveproject:, captures a live performance by Vanderson, Winter Improvisation.
KX-Polymod is a free modular synth for Windows, inspired by Klaus Schulze, who the developer calls “my electronic music reference.
Producer, composer, synthesist and label head Pete Namlook (born Peter Kuhlmann in 1960) died November 8th, 2012, of as-yet unknown causes.
Kuhlmann’s daughter Fabia released a brief statement earlier today:
“It is with much grief that we announce the passing of Peter Kuhlmann, AKA Pete Namlook.
We are still shocked and are working on an official announcement that will follow soon to bring clarity to our minds. As word spreads on the internet more and more we just want to make clear that he died peacefully from as yet unspecified causes on 8th November 2012.
We will announce more details as and when they surface.”
Namlook was extremely prolific, releasing dozens of solo albums and releases with collaborators Klaus Schulze, Gaudi, Bill Laswell, Richie Hawtin, Tesu Inoue and others. Namlook also founded the German record label FAX +49-69/450464.
We got a nice surprise in the mail at Synthtopia this week – a vinyl LP of synth music by Swiss synthesist Bruno Ender Lee.
Long time readers of Synthtopia will be familiar with Lee’s live synth jam videos from our Sunday Synth Jam series. Lee’s music is explicitly in the space music category, with titles like Hyperspace, Mindsong and Moonsphere. Though Lee has clearly been inspired by classic Berlin school music, especially the work of Klaus Schulze, his albums, now in the dozens, define a unique vision for this genre.