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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
Synthesizers Used
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