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Klaus Schulze RIP

The world has lost one of its true musical innovators. German electronic pioneer Klaus Schulze has died at the age of 74. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to overstate the importance his work has had on the course of music since he started working in the late 60s. He was an early member of Tangerine Dream, and also involved with such groups as Ash Ra Tempel, The Cosmic Jokers, and Stomu Yamashta’s Go, though he is best known for his extensive solo catalog. He died on 26 April, 2022 after a long illness.

by Jon Davis, Published 2022-04-27

Schulze was born 4 August 1947 in Berlin, and met Edgar Froese in 1969, after which he joined Tangerine Dream as a drummer, appearing on their first album. He left Tangerine Dream to form Ash Ra Tempel with Manuel Göttsching and Helmut Enke, again departing after a single album. This time he launched his career as a solo artist with Irrlicht in 1972. Though he had used no synthesizers on his debut, he soon started working with the VCS3, and later became a pioneer in electronic music.

Several of his albums are regarded as essentials of electronic music, including Timewind (1975), Moondawn (1976), Dune (1979). He also worked on numerous movie soundtracks, such as Barracuda (1978), Next of Kin (1982), and Dune (2021), where chief composer Hans Zimmer recruited him for some electronic textures.His most recent work, Deus Arrakis, is scheduled for release later in 2022.

Filed under: Obituaries

Related artist(s): Klaus Schulze, Ash Ra Tempel / Ashra, Tangerine Dream, The Cosmic Jokers, Stomu Yamash'ta

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