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La Vie Electronique Vol. 2

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La Vie Electronique Vol. 2
La Vie Electronique Vol. 2


Re-Launch of Klaus Schulzes successful La Vie Electronique series (Vol. 1 to 16). La Vie Electronique first was published as a strictly limited 50 CD-Box and later it was released in chronological order in 3CD-sets including some material never released before. This second set contains pieces, which have been recorded between 1972 and 1975 North of the Yukon and Study for Philip K. Dick are from another historic tape with no date or other markings, with no real start and no end. lt was probably recorded in 1972 or 73 and what you hear is mostly the heavy sound of Klaus old electric Teisco organ to which he added some strange sounds. More of these strange sounds he used on Electric Love-Affair. Is it wrong if I state that Klaus was the first who dared to use noise (as in Electric Love-Affair: a lot of noise and buzz) as stylistic device? The four tracks Nightwind, Minuet, Signs of Dawn, and Land der leeren Häuser are from a collaboration in the year 1973 between Klaus and a friend at this time, Hans-Jörg Stahlschmidt. These titles were played and recorded at delta acustic studio in 1973. The proposed group name for Klaus and Hans-Jörgs collaboration changed between Tau, Tao, and Timewind (!) Also, a deal with a German record company had already been made, but for reasons unknown today, the album never came out. The music sounds like early New Age, but of course this definition wasnt known then. Klaus very own keyboard playing style is already identifiable. Klaus mostly plays the organ, and both played also guitars and bass guitar. The whispering voice on Signs of Dawn is Klaus. The singing voice on Land der leeren Häuser is not Klaus. The three shorter titles are the original titles as given on the tape box. In 1973, same more avant-garde music was done by Klaus, for the radio play Das Große ldentifikationsspiel (The Big Garne of ldentification), a Science-Fiction thriller by Alfred Behrens, it won the award: Preis der Kriegsblinden Deutschlands, and since then it has been regularly repeated on German radio. The tape box says: Ballett Titanensee, and it dates from about 1973. lts mainly, if not only, the Farfisa Professional Duo organ und an echo device. At least to me it sounds as if its already the Farfisa and not the Teisco anymore. In February 1973 we picked up this new and heavy two-manual organ from Farfisa, for a concert in Paris (which was Klaus first solo concert). Of course, there was no ballet ever produced with this music, and therefore, for release we gave it the title Titanensee and cut the additional word. Studies for Organ, Keyboard and Drumset: recorded 1974 in Berlin, this music was then stored away in another of those dusty tape boxes, where I unearthed it 22 years later, under exactly this title. We hear Klaus play a drum set, a pair of bongos, the Farfisa Professional Duo organ (which I have just mentioned above), and a second keyboard which could be the Solina String Ensemble(?). Reverb, echo, phasing and stereo panning were also used by Klaus in his now established way. Memento Mori and Blaue Stunde belong together. Not that the music is the same, but they both mark a change in Klaus music. The era of Timewind and Moondawn is coming. I can still see Klaus, sitting night after night in front of his equipment in the cellar of the house that we had rented in Hambühren, after our move away from Berlin in August 1975. The recording was probably done in autumn or winter 1975 . Partly this is a beautiful and at the same time eerie experiment, und partly it is very soft, silent, subdued music. Both tracks are typical for this cellar situation: Here, Klaus used to play for many hours without a break, this was his normal nightly routine. Sometimes the tapes from these long sessions were stored... und therefore, we have two other beautiful gems of classical Schulze that mark a change, from early experiment to the KS as we know & love him since Timewind and Moondawn.


  1. Name
  2. North Of The Yukon
  3. Nightwind
  4. Minuet
  5. Signs Of Dawn
  6. Study For Phillip K. Dick
  7. Geburt Der Moderne
  8. Devil May Care
  9. Les 7 Boules De Cristal
  10. On A Marché Sur La Lune
  11. Der Schrecken Vom Amazonas
  12. Schier Unendlich
  13. Chaos
  14. Gaia
  15. Uranos
  16. Electric Love Affair
  17. Land Der Leeren Häuser
  18. Studies For Organ, Keyboards And Drumset
  19. Memento Mori
  20. Tooth Of Time
  21. Every Inch A King
  22. Chronique Scandaleuse
  23. Con Amore
  24. Last Not Least
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