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Klaus Schulze - Timewind (1975) [Reissue 2016]

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Klaus Schulze - Timewind (1975) [Reissue 2016]Artist: Klaus Schulze
Title Of Album: Timewind
Year Of Release: 2016 [1975]
Label (Catalog#): MIG [MIG 01532 2CD]
Country: Germany
Genre: Electronica, Space Music, Berlin School
Quality: FLAC (tracks +.cue,log)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 1:55:11
Full Size: 742 mb

For many years this was his only work available in the United States and was therefore rated higher by American listeners than 1977's Mirage or X of the following year. It was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque (Grand Prize for Records) of L'Acad?mie Charles Cros.

Evolving slowly but deliberately over the course of each album side, Timewind has been deemed an electronic version of an Indian raga. It resembles in many ways a longer variation of the third track from Tangerine Dream's classic 1974 album Phaedra, "Movements of a Visionary," but it remains a transitional work somewhere between the Krautrock of Schulze's earlier output and the Berlin School character of his following efforts. The intention of Timewind was to invoke a timeless state in the listener.

Both track titles are references to the nineteenth-century composer Richard Wagner. Bayreuth is the Bavarian town where Wagner had an opera house built for the first performance of his massive Ring Cycle. Wahnfried is the name of Wagner's home in Bayreuth in the grounds of which he was buried in 1883. It is also a pen-name used by Schulze himself.

"Bayreuth Return" was recorded on two-track equipment in one take, and is essentially "live in the studio". Its rhythmic basis is a single analog sequencer pattern, transposed and manipulated in real time. (The manipulation primarily consists of changing the 'return' point of the sequence.) String synthesizer chords, improvised melodies, and complex sound effects are the remaining ingredients. "Wahnfried 1883", in contrast, is a slow piece that was composed and multitracked. Its main building blocks are layers of slow, shimmering pads and lines. The kaleidoscopic key changes without obvious 'home key' (the piece remains consonant throughout) may be seen as a musical nod to Wagner: also, a Leitmotif appears. An excerpt of the graphic performance score appears on the inside sleeve of the original vinyl version. The reissue bonus track "Echoes of Time" is a longer alternate take of "Bayreuth Return".


1-1 Bayreuth Return 30:32
1-2 Wahnfried 1883 28:38

Bonus Disc
2-1 Echoes Of Time 38:42
2-2 Solar Wind 12:35
2-3 Windy Times 4:57

"Timewind" and two bonus tracks were recorded in Berlin from March to June 1975
The bonus track "Windy Times" was recorded in Hamb?hren in the year 2000
Original release (without the bonus tracks): August 1975

Tracks 1 and 2 of CD 1 are published in D/A/CH by Schacht Musikverlage
The three bonus titles on CD 2 are published worldwide by P.O.E.M. Musikverlag

The long Bayreuth Return was recorded at Klaus' home in two hours, exactly on the 3rd of June 1975 between 10 p.m. and midnight, as he carefully noticed on the tape box (still existing). The other and not much shorter track Wahnfried 1883 was also recorded at his home studio, as well as the first two bonus tracks who were unreleased until now. The third and short bonus track Klaus recorded twentyfive years after that, in memory of Timewind and as a little homage to his own classic. It was included in the promotion CD for the set "Contemporary Works 1".

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