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Trancefer - Klaus Schulze

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Trancefer is the fourteenth album by Klaus Schulze. It was originally released in 1981, and in 2006 was the twenty-third Schulze album reissued by Revisited Records. With the original total running time of 37 minutes and 23 seconds, it was the shortest album in Schulze's canon until the 2006 reissue doubled its running time.

Trancefer features strong performances by Wolfgang Tiepold on cello and Michael Shrieve on percussion. Although it was his second album recorded with digital instruments, and has a great deal of treble, it is an example of the Berlin School genre which developed in the 1970s. The second track, "Silent Running", was inspired by the science fiction film Silent Running starring Bruce Dern. Other works of science fiction awarded Schulze pieces were Dune (1979) and The Andromeda Strain (1971).

Trancefer is quite distinctive in its sound and arrangements. It is quite different from what Schulze was doing in the 1970s in the sense that it is not a composition that uses sequencers, transpositions, and a main melody line. Trancefer is more syncopated, and here the main focus is put on the dialog between the percussions and the chords Schulze is playing on the Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer.

There is a pre-release of Trancefer, called "Trancefer half-speed cut", which consists of 300 copies at 45RPM normal cut, and 500 copies at 33RPM, the 'halfspeed' cut. The mix is different from the original album, and the main sequence is reminiscent of the one, which features in "Bellistique" on the ...Live... album, although this is more evident in the 'half-speed' cut, than the full release version.

Track Listings:
    1. "A Few Minutes After Trancefer" (original) 18:20
    2. "Silent Running" (original) 18:57
    3. "A Few Minutes After Trancefer (33 RPM)" 18:17
    4. "Silent Running (45 RPM)" 19:07

    Total Time:74:41
Artist Name(s):
Klaus Schulze & Wolfgang Tiepold (cello) & Michael Shrieve (percussion)
Klaus Schulze
Release Year: 1981
Classical, Space Rock, Soundtrack
Album Type:
Cassette, Compact Disc, LP 33 1/3
Cover & Packge Design:
Klaus Schulze, Claus Cordes, kdm
Label / Publishing
Label Name:
Innovative Communications
Catalog Number(s):
KS 80014
Hambühren, Germany
P.O.E.M. Musikverlang, Klaus D. Mueller, Berlin
Deutsche Austrophon
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Jack Hertz


IMO - It don't get no better than this. There is no album I have listened, studied, and marveled out more than this one. Side one is just so massive and complicated. It really has everything: long form, fast and slow, light and dark, analog and digital, drone and complex, floating and sequenced, and timbres are to die for. This album opened my ears to the idea of timberal orchestration and totally changed my view of what could be done with electronic music. 

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