Klaus Schulze

Klaus Schulze (4 August 1947, Berlin – 26 April 2022) was a German electronic music pioneer, composer, and musician. He initially gained recognition as a drummer for Psy Free, Tangerine Dream, and Ash Ra Tempel. In 1971, Schulze embarked on a solo career as an electronic musician and released experimental albums like "Irrlicht" and "Cyborg." His groundbreaking use of the legendary VCS 3 synthesizer in his album "Cyborg" marked a significant milestone in his career.

Throughout the 1970s, Schulze continued to push boundaries with albums such as "Moondawn," "Mirage," and "X," while also embarking on numerous tours documented in live recordings. In the late '70s, he established his own label [l4293] and launched the pseudonym/project Richard Wahnfried.

In the following decade, Schulze maintained an intense release schedule alongside recording soundtracks and transitioning to digital production. He collaborated with opera singers and classical musicians on his albums while also exploring techno-inspired directions through projects like "[a29599]" with Pete Namlook.

During the 1990s, Schulze ventured into electronic interpretations of classical works by composers like Wagner. He further expanded his discography by collaborating with various artists from different genres. A comprehensive reissue program of Schulze's music began in 2005.


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