Klaus Schulze — Das Wagner Desaster - Live
(Revisited Records REV 033, 1994/2005, 2CD)
Klaus Schulze — Vanity of Sounds
(Revisited Records REV 034, 2000/2005, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 2018-04-19
The Klaus Schulze solo concert album Das Wagner Desaster is from the period when Klaus was exploring samplers. Personally, I do not find the music from this era near as engaging as his earlier efforts. The music from this 1994 concert is sterile and therefore more academic / classical or avant garde in sound. Because of the length of these recordings, Klaus made a slight modification from the original release in order to accommodate the bonus track “Encore Sevilla” on Disc 2. “Encore Sevilla” comes from a concert in October 1991 and is the last of the unreleased tracks from this series of Spanish solo concerts.
With the improvement of recording technologies and the compact disc in the early 90s, Klaus began packing as much music as possible on to each release. In some cases, as with Vanity of Sounds, there simply wasn’t enough room to include bonus material. This reissue matches the now out of print original from the Contemporary Works I boxed set. Because of where Klaus was musically at the time of Contemporary Works I, I was apprehensive that this music would be more of the same. Fortunately, by this time, Klaus had turned the corner with his samplers and his music regained the “warmth” of earlier times. The samples are not nearly as obvious now and they seamlessly integrate with the rest of his synth arsenal.
Related artist(s): Klaus Schulze
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more