Category Archives: Reviews – S

Robert Schroder

Robert Schroder is one of Krautrock’s forgotten heroes, perhaps because he started releasing music towards the end of German electronica’s first wave (the late 70’s) rather than near its beginning (the late 60’s). Schroder deserves better…his classic albums from the late 70’s and early 80’s compare more than favourably to the music of his better-known […]

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Johannes Schmoelling

Audio technician, composer and keyboard player Johannes Schmoelling was a key member of pioneering German electronic band Tangerine Dream from 1980-85. Upon joining, he immediately brought a slicker production sheen to their 70’s sound, working with some of the earliest digital synthesisers to expanded the range of tonal colours in Tangerine Dream’s music. artist: Johannes […]

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Sasha

As one of the leading lights in progressive dance music since the early 1990’s, Alex Coe aka Sasha’s role as a DJ, remixer and producer has been significant and influential. I would be the first to suggest that discussion of his music is best left to writings on club music and dance culture…except, that is, […]

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Tim Story

Of all contemporary ambient musicians combining piano with synthesisers, American composer Tim Story is one of the most distinctive and fascinating. On first hearing it’s easy to make comparisons with Californian ambient pianist and chamber musician Harold Budd, not surprising given that both composers have been influenced by late-19th Century French composer Erik Satie (1866-1925). […]

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Bruno Sanfilippo

Bruno Sanfilippo’s delicate touch has produced some of the most poetic, sophisticated old-school ambient of the 2000’s and beyond. He shows an exceptional talent with reverb effects; it would be easy to place his delicate pieces against a large reverberant backdrop and lose all definition. Yet Sanfilippo does the opposite, preserving the exquisite detail of […]

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Klaus Schulze

E-music pioneer and multi-instrumentalist Klaus Schulze was part of the Krautrock phenomenon of the late 60’s and 70’s, and alongside a handful of other German acts from that era he is a pivotal figure in the development of modern electronica and ambient. artist: Klaus Schulze country of origin: Germany style(s): Spacemusic, ambient trance, Krautrock, prog […]

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Michael Stearns

Cosmic is a word that’s inescapable – in the most profound sense – when you listen to the peak 80’s and 90’s recordings of American musician Michael Stearns. Another word that comes to mind is humanity. If humanity is the ingredient that was sometimes lacking in the work of the 70’s electronic pioneers, Stearns’ recorded […]

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