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Timewind - Klaus Schulze

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Timewind is the fifth album by Klaus Schulze. It was originally released in 1975, and in 2006 was the twenty-second Schulze album reissued by Revisited Records. It is Schulze's first solo album to use a sequencer.

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'Académie 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 a 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".

Track Listings:
    Disc 1
    1. "Bayreuth Return" on original release 30:32
    2. "Wahnfried 1883" on original release 28:38

    Disc 2
    1. "Echoes of Time" reissue bonus track 38:42
    2. "Solar Wind" reissue bonus track 12:35
    3. "Windy Times"
Total Time: 59:13 (original) 115:27 (reissue)
Artist Name(s):
Klaus Schulze – ARP 2600, ARP Odyssey, EMS Synthi-A, Elka String Synthesizer, Farfisa Professional Duo Organ and Piano, Synthanorma Sequencer.
Klaus Schulze
Release Year: 1975
Ambient, Berlin, Minimal, Soundtrack
Album Type:
Cassette, Compact Disc, Digital / Download, LP 33 1/3
Cover & Packge Design:
Urs Amman
Studio Name:
Berliner Weltklang Studio
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Catalog Number(s):
Berlin, Germany
Metronome Records GmbH
Editions / Reissues
  1. 1975 - (LP, Album, Gat) Brain, Brain brain 1075, BRAIN 1075 Germany
  2. 1975 - ‎(Cass, Album) Virgin Records Ltd. 4 840.094 France
  3. 1975 - ‎(Cass, Album, RE) Virgin Records Ltd. 3222 727 France
  4. 1975 - ‎(LP, Album, Club, Gat) Brain BRAIN 38 845 Austria
  5. 1975 - ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin YX-7057-VR Japan
  6. 1975 - ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin, Virgin 27006 ET, 27006-ET Benelux
  7. 1975 - ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Caroline Records, Caroline Records CA 2006, CA2006 UK
  8. ‎1975 - ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin, Virgin 27006 ET, 27006-ET Netherlands 1975
  9. 1976 - ‎(LP, Album, Gat) Virgin 89.775-I Spain 1976
  10. 1977 - ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Brain, Brain 0001 075, BRAIN 1075 Germany
  11. 1980 - ‎(Cass, Album, RE, Dol) Virgin 50009 France
  12. 1984 - ‎(LP, Album, RE) Virgin 70009 France
  13. 1984 - ‎(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Virgin OVED 24 Italy
  14. 1988 - ‎(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin CDCA2006, CDCA 2006 UK
  15. 1991 - ‎(CD, Album, RE) Brain 833 128-2 Germany
  16. 1991 - ‎(CD, Album, RE) Caroline Records CAROL 1807-2 US
  17. 1991 - ‎(CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin Japan VJCP-23040 Japan
  18. ‎1997 - (CD, Album, Ltd, Unofficial) First Town Records, ArsNova none, 8-670 Russia
  19. 1998 - ‎(CD, Album, Ltd, RE) Virgin, Virgin CDCAP 2006, CDCA2006 UK
  20. ‎1999 - (CD, Album, RE) Virgin, Virgin 0777 7 87496 2 2, CDCA2006 UK
  21. 2006 - ‎(CD, Album, RE + CD + Dig) Revisited Rec. REV 070 Germany
  22. 2007 - ‎(2xCD, Album, RE, Pap) Arcàngelo ARC-7269/70 Japan
  23. 2016 - ‎(CD, Album, RE + CD) MIG MIG 01532 2CD Germany
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We are in 1975; Pink Floyd pushes the delusions of progressive music by using a synthesized, atmospheric and floating approach with Wish you Were Here. Progressive rock gets more nobility and the electronic rock continues on its cosmic élan. While Tangerine Dream releases the somber Rubycon, Klaus Schulze shapes its spectral waves to offer us an outstanding work without smudges. Behind a stunning artwork, Klaus proposes us a galactic journey on the wings of time. Timewind, dedicated to Richard Wagner, is a long cosmic journey as much enchanting as its artwork. 
A metallic wind blows on a dusty dune, pushing a multitude of sound plots which spin in the ambient air. Cold winds freeze the time on a bass line of which minimalist pulsations roll in loops while the cosmic touch of Klaus Sculze is unfolding with his Farfisa and synth waves which undulate on a sequential movement increasing with a heavier amplitude. Everything is with softness and fineness. On a heavy bass which tacks with darkness, "Bayreuth Return" drags its harmonies on tenebrous synth strata which leave their imprints for the passages to come. And the return of Bayreuth is doing with a cyclic whirlwind of synth layers which roll with subtle deviances, keeping the same delicacy of its movement until it stops to contemplate the extent of the road to be followed. Far off, the horizon is flat and desertic. It’s constituted by the same hypnotic sound abundance which attracts "Bayreuth Return" towards its endless walking. A walking in solitary where synth lizards push hoarse breaths, raising cosmic dusts which evaporate on sequential rhythms. Rhythms dancing in loops in a swirling abyss. And so Bayreuth ends abruptly its sound odyssey.
If you liked this galactic journey "Wahnfried 1883", inspired from the works of Wagner, continues in the same wake. Floating the intro is soaked with a heavy synth which moves hardly. In a latent state of suspension the intro is soaked by a heavy synth of which the waves float with passion but move hardly. Fixed in time the movement is surrounded with dusts of synth angels fluttering on subtle sequences which move with the delicacy of a spiral in weightlessness. Slow, supple and superbly intense "Wahnfried 1883" is an intense musical journey in the heart of analog years and its floating structures. A voyage in the borders of a cosmos that we still didn’t get all of its seducing beauty.
Timewind is the cd which had reveals Klaus Schulze to the American audience. And it’s understandable. Schulze plays with heavy rhythms and sequences with more maturity and depth. If "Bayreuth Return" kicks down the basses of our loud speakers with its undulating and rebel bass line, the synth strata which decorate the sidereal beauty of "Wahnfried 1883" get full of all the beauty that Schulze puts in them. Timwind is the fusion of anterior works from Schulze with the increasing maturity that he imposes to his style in order to prepare us very well to other great works. For that time it’s a colossal work which was going to free the inspiration and the boldness of several newcomers.
A re edition of Timewind! Was it worth it? Absolutely! Was it worthily of a 2 CD set? Of course…Although these are nice variations on the same theme since that ''Echoes of Times'' and ''Solar Wind'' are two variations of "Bayreuth Return" played in concert. Klaus Schulze played his classic on 3 occasions, in nearly 2 hours with different outtakes. After a stop he got back to play it in a different way. Only sequences are identical and the variations showed in intros. ''Solar Wind'' is being simply divine with its fluidity, while ''Windy Times'', writes in 2000, is a kind of mix of Timewind. It’s shorter and faster, while rolling on the same sequential pattern. It’s very good! Good as all of this double re edition of Timewind which is presented with a nice booklet which shows lot of inner notes and all the great artworks where Timewind was carefully wrapped. It’s a wonderful journey in time with the man to timeless music.

Sylvain Lupari (2007)

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Jack Hertz


Always a good listen, and impressive for the early gear. However, I see this as a transitional piece to his more ambitious releases such as "Mirage" and especially "X".

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