Klaus Schulze dies aged 74


Klaus Schulze, who played with Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel before launching a successful solo career consisting of more than 60 albums released across five decades. He died aged 74 following a long illness. 

Frank Uhle, managing director of Schulze’s label SVP, wrote: “We lose and will miss a good personal friend – one of the most influential and important composers of electronic music – a man of conviction and an exceptional artist. Our thoughts in this hour are with his wife, sons and family. His always cheerful nature, his innovative spirit and his impressive body of work remain indelibly rooted in our memories.”

Schulze was born in Berlin in 1947. He became Tangerine Dream’s drummer in 1969. Led by Edgar Froese, Schulze played on their debut album, but soon left to form another group, Ash Ra Tempel, with guitarist Manuel Gottsching and bassist Hartmut Enke.

For a complete discography, see Wikipedia. Also, here are notable articles about Klaus Schulze and his passing: The Guardian, RollingStone and Boingboing.

Schulze recorded a new album Deus Arrakis that will be released on 10 June 2022. Here is a single from the upcoming album, Osiris – Pt. 1:

Sample the single and find it on your favorite streaming service:
Schulze is survived by his wife, two sons and four grandchildren.

For more information and music samples, see klaus-schulze.com.

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