|Paris, 1973 © kdm archives|
|1968/69, playing drums with Psy Free|
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|1973 © Max Jacoby|
Klaus Schulze's discography is huge, counting with his solo albums (all of them released on CD, sometimes with bonus tracks), box sets, concert DVDs, bands in which he played (like Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel, mentioned before, and Stomu Yamashta's Go), albums released as Richard Wahnfried (Mr. Schulze's pseudonym for his side project, from 1979 on), and albums he recorded and produced with Australian singer Lisa Gerrard, from Dead Can Dance. You can check his full discography on his website: www.klaus-schulze.com
|Mr. Mueller & Mr. Schulze, November 2008|
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|Brussels, 1976 © Klaus D. Mueller|
KLAUS SCHULZE - As a kid I had some guitar training at school and played guitar for about six years, also I fooled around with the electric guitar in the sixties, playing music of 'The Shadows' or 'The Spotnicks'. My interest in the pop music of the day was not so much the 'songs' or the singers or Rock'n'Roll, but it was the SOUND. The new, unusual, exotic sounds that some of the popular bands or musicians tried out. This was my interest.
|1973 © Marcel Fugère|
Then, as the huge and accurate discography THE WORKS states quite correctly: Late '68/early '69, first gig of KS with TD at Berlin club Magic Cave for absent regular drummer SvenAke Johansson. From then on I was a member of TD, until summer 1970.
Also, at this early time I used some kind of "electronics": I fumbled around with the inside of an old cheap electric organ and a Fender guitar amp, without knowing what I am doing, bit the exotic sounds that came out sometimes, because of this, they were interesting (to me). When I had read some days ago in your website the interview with Ron Geesin, I was surprised, that we both - independently - were doing the about same thing at this time. Geesin: "I used: speedchanging on tape; fine editing; backwards playing; feedback; noises from radio; just about anything that I could wire up." Exactly. After these experiments, sometimes an instrument was beyond repair.
|Tangerine Dream, 1970: Schulze, Froese & Schnitzler|
ASTRONAUTA - You were the drummer of some bands (some very well known bands, by the way) before changing to tape manipulations and to the synthesizers and electronic keyboards, and before you became one of the biggest names in the electronic music field. How was this transition in your life and career?
KLAUS SCHULZE - This happened just as I told before.
I should mention, that at the time when I was playing with these groups they were not "very well known". A very different type of music was "well known" and popular at this time.
ASTRONAUTA - In the mid-70s you purchased a Moog Modular synthesizer that became a very characteristic instrument in your music. Can you tell us a little bit about the history of this specific instrument, your Moog Modular synthesizer? And how about other Moog Music Company instruments you had in your career?
|1976 © Klaus D. Mueller|
ASTRONAUTA - What was your favorite synthesizer in the '70s? And, looking back, what is (or remained as) your favorite synthesizer from the '70s, nowadays?
|Winsen, 1979 © Klaus D. Mueller|
ASTRONAUTA - In the late '70s and early '80s, how did the differences from analog technology to digital technology changed or how they affected your career and your music?
KLAUS SCHULZE - In 1979 I got the first music computer, the "G.D.S." and I tried out many things then, with the help of an American technician from the company, who showed me how to use it. It was - for me and for everybody - a complete different and NEW way of creating and storing sounds and music. The DIGITAL era was knocking at the door. The whole musical programme of the first 100% digitally played and recorded album, DIG IT was stored on digital disk. I didn't use traditional analogue synthesizers for it. For the release I 'invented' the slogan for the record label's advertising for my DIG IT album: "The era of analogue wheelchair electronics is over."
|Derby, 1996 © kdm archives|
KLAUS SCHULZE - I still have and I still use sometimes the 'Minimoog' and the 'EMS Synthi A', but more often in concerts than in my studio. In the studio I work more or less - and for many many years now - with computer and its programmes.
ASTRONAUTA - Thank you, Mr. Schulze
KLAUS SCHULZE - I Thank you!
|Tangerine Dream: Froese, Schulze, "Happy" Dieter|
and "Hippie" Kraesze as announcer
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|Linz, Austria, 1980 © kdm archives|
|Barcelona, Spain, 1996 © Dom F. Scab|
|Warsaw, September 2009, with Lisa Gerrard|
© Piotr Sulkowski
|1983 © kdm archives|
Photos used by courtesy of Klaus D. Mueller/Klaus Schulze official website.