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Klaus Schulze

 

Progressive Electronic

4.15 | 181 ratings

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philippe
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4 stars Co-pioneered and father of experimental electronic music, Klaus Schulze explores one more time the power of synthesisers and analog technologies in this diptych « X ». The representative meditative & dark keyboards parts animate the gorgeous electronic textures of "X". In addition to analog synths and electronic effects, the music contains string orchestra arrangements. As in "Irrlicht" it is sustained by "echoed" rather atmospheric sound treatments. The traditional musical element creates something deeper, exploring new realms. The dark "cosmic" symphony side of the project largely blows away the couple of boring "spacey" electronic pieces which open this musical adventure. "Friedrich Nietzsche » and « Georg Trakl » are two inconsistent electronic pieces with cheap melodies and binary, rolling acoustic drums. Just forget these two ones and go directly to "Friedemann Bach" and the second volume. "Friedmann Bach» is one of the most courageous recordings I've heard from Schulze. The tune opens with a plaintive strings, dark and grandiose theme, floating in space. The tension is progressively noticeable with the coming of a regular "haunted" and obsesssional synth pulse. The apocalyptic drumming parts enrich this macabre symphonic & elegiac dance. "Ludwig II" is slightly inferior than the previous composition because the neo-classical structure is too evident and suffers from a lack of variations. "Heinrich von Kleist » is an exquisite, ethereal composition with abundant source of beautiful synth textures and strings. A large scale work and a highly appreciated old vintage recording.
philippe | 4/5 |

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