Format: Compact Disc
Released Date: June 18, 1996
Genre: Kraut Rock
Style: Rock & Pop
Number of Discs: 1
2.Satz: Gewitter Energy Rise Collapse
3.Satz: Exil Sils Maria
Personnel includes: Klaus Schulze (keyboards).
A founding member of such notable Krautrock ensembles as Tangerine
Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, and Cosmic Jokers, Klaus Schulze is genuinely
deserving of the oft-assigned "father of modern electronic music"
title. The drummer-turned-master-of-a-million-synthesizers did not
remain with any single unit for very long. Instead, Schulze
embarked on a bewilderingly prolific solo career that seeded the
fertile paths of new age, ambient, trance, and techno music.
1972's IRRLICHT is where it all begins. Over three lengthy tracks,
saturnine string motifs are pitted against surging drone and
sheeting downpours of synthetic organ. It's a dense, often
blisteringly dissonant clash of orchestral crescendos and
synthesizer swells with little in the way of conventional melody,
but texture and tonal complexity to burn. "Satz Ebene" sounds like
one of Bach's magisterial pipe-organ works performed on a distant
planet's barren surface. "Satz Gewitter" is a harrowing coda
fortified with sci-fi sonics. The contemplative "Satz Exil Sils
Maria" encroaches like a lunar dusk as Schulze slowly draws a
curtain of cosmic shadow over the event horizon.