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".
    Timewind
    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.
    Producer(s):
    Klaus Schulze
    Release Year: 1975
    Style:
    Ambient, Berlin, Minimal, Soundtrack
    Album Type:
    Studio
    Formats:
    Cassette, Compact Disc, Digital / Download, LP 33 1/3
    Cover & Packge Design:
    Urs Amman
    Studio Name:
    Berliner Weltklang Studio
    Liscense:
    Copyright
    Label / Publishing
    Label Name:
    Brain
    Catalog Number(s):
    1075
    Location:
    Berlin, Germany
    Publisher:
    Metronome Records GmbH
    Sources
    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
    Synthesizers Used
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Jack Hertz

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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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