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Klaus Schulze – Another Green Mile

Posted in CD, Experimental, Instrumental with tags , , on 30th November 2016 by izaforestspirit

Klaus Schulze
Another Green Mile
Released 30th November 2016
Experimental Electronica, Ambient
Released via M.I.G. (Made in Germany) Music

Another Green Mile’ was originally released back in 2002 as a part of a very limited edition and long out-of-print 5CD box set known as ‘Contemporary Works vol. I & II’ by the German electronic artist Klaus Schulze (ex- Tangerine Dream). This is a re-issued version of that album featuring the bonus track ‘Voice’n’Harmony’ (which was originally released on ‘Contemporary Works II’ CD 10 – ‘Adds & Edits’.

The music on here is primary instrumental comprising a mixture of acoustic instruments: an oboe, a cello, a guitar and the electronic, ambient sounds of a synthesizer. There are three vocalized tracks: In The Streets, in the Rain, The Story Does Unfold and Vox’n’Harmony; all featuring operatic-style vocals from Julia Messenger. Her beautiful singing is precisely the reason why these songs caught my attention. Her range is very versatile, comfortably hitting the high notes as well as the more mellowed-down, tranquil whispers to match the speed of the music. The complete absence of the lyrics means that the vocals’ sole purpose is to convey emotion and add emphasis to the ambient music.

All the songs have this serene and atmospheric quality creating a calming effect on the listener. This this the kind of music that you might encounter at an art gallery or a lounge. The instruments, especially the synthesizer and the cello, have this sombre yet strangely soothing tone to them. I just wish that the performance itself was a bit more energetic. This just sounds like a soundtrack to an Sunday afternoon stroll in the park.

Overall, ‘Another Green Mile’ is a very atmospheric and tranquil ambient album. Some might find this type of music relaxing but personally I found it challenging to adjust to the slow pace. It’s all very melodic and emotional but ultimately it is quite purposefully low on energy.

3/5
Iza Raittila

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Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrad – Big in Europe vol.2 – Amsterdam

Posted in Alternative, Experimental, Gig, Live with tags , , , , , on 12th October 2014 by izaforestspirit

Klaus Schulze & Lisa Gerrard
Big in Europe vol.2 – Amsterdam (live DVD)
Released 19th September 2014
Electronica/ Ambient
Released via M.I.G. (Made in Germany) Music

‘Big in Europe vol.2 – Amsterdam’ is a live DVD from the electronic artist Klaus Schulze (ex- Tangerine Dream) in collaboration with the singer Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance). This is a recording of their “Bootleg Concert” filmed in Amsterdam back in 2009.

I’ve never actually been to a Klaus Schulze live show so this live DVD is as close as I can get to the real deal. So for those who are unfamiliar with his work, I am now able to provide a basic introduction to his style. Mr. Schulze prides himself in the creation of experimental electronic music using a variety of synthesizers with an emphasis on improvisation in the spirit of the moment. His songs are mostly lengthy, atmospheric instrumentals with a somewhat tranquil ambience to them.

The concert has a rather slow start and it took me a while to get used to the atmosphere. I mean, I do like some electronic music but my taste leans more towards the dance/trance or industrial styles. This is not what Klaus Schulze is about. His songs are much slower and more atmospheric than the stuff which I’m accustomed to hearing. Then there is the fact that all you see in the beginning is Mr. Schulze alone on stage with all his synthesizers. His songs are really not the kind of tunes that someone can sing along to so the interaction with the audience is limited and not as frequent as it might be with a rock or metal band.

It wasn’t until Lisa Gerrard took to the stage that I actually began to appreciate this show. Her melodic voice and vibrant stage presence makes the songs sound more dynamic. The combination of electronic/ambient music with her operatic-styled, angelic vocals works surprising well on here. The songs ‘Prisengracht‘ and ‘The Polish Rider‘ are good examples of how fusion of the two styles works in harmony. One thing which I can’t get my head around though is Mr. Schulze’s experimental songs that are more more akin to synthesizer noise than anything resembling actual music.

In summary, watching this DVD has been an interesting experience. I’m not overly familiar with the work of either artist. Having seen this performance, I think that Lisa Gerrard’s music might be more appealing to me than the experimental electronica of Klaus Schulze.

3/5

Iza Raittila