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Klaus Schulze


Progressive Electronic

3.77 | 108 ratings

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3 stars This album, released in 1975, is said to be recorded in 1973. But I always had doubts about that, as it sounds a lot brighter and softer then the 1974 Black Dance release.

In my ears it didn't sonically belong in 1973 but sounded like a step further away from the abstract dark soundscapes of his beginnings. So as a preperation for this review I've been turning Schulze's home site inside out and indeed, the latest update says this was recorded in 1974, after Black Dance and before Timewind. The argumentation is that Schulze used a new synth here (the ARP Odyssey) that he didn't have yet on Black Dance. So this album should be listed around 1974 (or 1975) and after Black Dance. This can most clearly be heard around between minute 20.10 and 21.00 of Totem.

Trifling matters? Probably, but there has been some discussions as to which artists was first to use sequencers, Tangerine Dream or Schulze. The answer is probably The Who on Baba O'Reilly (1971) and Pink Floyd On The Run(1973). Anyway Schulze certainly wasn't there before Tangerine Dream and he also didn't use it as proficiently as they did on Phaedra. In fact this album made it quite clear Schulze's music would start to divert from what his friend Edgar Froese was doing. Schulze's electronic music was more ambient, smoother, less melodic and more organic, if possible, it's even more dreamy and spacey.

Both Black Dance and Picture Music are Schulze albums that I enjoy, but they fall somewhere in-between the unique dark ambience of the first two albums and the richer texture and brighter sounds of Schulze's classic period that would start with the next album Time Wind.

Bonnek | 3/5 |


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