Klaus Schulze
Irrlicht


4.5
superb

Review

by Zig USER (65 Reviews)
January 13th, 2018 | 20 replies


Release Date: 1972 | Tracklist

Review Summary: "Quadrophonische symphonie für orchester und e-maschinen"

Following his work as a drummer with Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra Tempel after just one album, Klaus Schulze finally realized that a solo career would suit him best. His solo debut was in some ways even more ahead of its time than his electronic works, seeing Schulze creating ambient drones and highly experimental cosmic sounds made completely without the use of synths. The sounds on Irrlicht had a lot more in common with the philosophies of musique concrète, with Schulze manipulating tapes he made of an orchestra practicing and stirring those sounds into swelling sheets of electric organ and cosmic ping-pongs of delay and other effects. Schulze himself called the album a "quadrophonische symphonie für orchester und e-maschinen", what sums the album quite well up.

The record is divided into three movements or "Satz". The first, the longest part is obviously the best here, is 23-minute opener Ebene, a powerful trip, almost like a space travel experience, with organs and other electronics are used to create a floating, atmospheric, warm and spacey sound texture. Schulze did something more on the first track than he gave the cosmos atmosphere - he wove in the cosmological search for a man, which gives the song a full metaphysical dimension. It begins in a dehumanized way, though not entirely, because from the very beginning there is the fear that the Kosmos awakens. Soon, sounds from the world of people come, fragments of orchestral music, but they are so processed and chopped that they seem to flow from a powerful distance - here we have no doubts that we are in space and to the Earth, at most from the distance of light years. Gradually, the emotional tension rises up to the organ, extreme emotional, metaphysical and cathartic finale, in which Schulze jumps on chords like on the strings of the human soul, but in which the cosmic element is not pushed out but entangles with emotions. This piece is a man facing the infinity, the cosmos, the largest existing puzzle. At the same time, psychedelia, a sonic break does not stop here.

Gewitter is actually a short interlude for searching less metaphysical, more purely sound and psychedelic., with more emphasis on musique concrète sounds. Finally, Exil Sils Maria is already Kosmos heavily dehumanized, cool, dispassionate, sinister and unmoved. It carries on for over twenty one deeply imaginative minutes, conjuring images in the listeners mind of deep space, wasteland dawns, machines whispering at night and the emptiness of infinity.

All in all, Irrlicht (in english "Will o' the Wisp"), is an electronic ambient masterpiece. The spirit of the organ of Messiaen's work in the last part of the first song, in the most important fragment of the album, is difficult for me to undermine; the influence of Stockhausen's achievements on the sound is impossible to undermine. And these are only the most obvious things. This, however, naturally does not undermine Schulze's success, rather the contrary.



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Zig
January 13th 2018


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is the 2001: A Space Odyssey of music.

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SandwichBubble
January 13th 2018


11224 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Finally, a review for this!

Ryus
January 13th 2018


18235 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice

Gwyn.
January 13th 2018


17190 Comments


Good review, astonishing album

MrSirLordGentleman
January 13th 2018


13200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this really needed a review. Great job!

Saros
January 13th 2018


394 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of those albums that I was surprised didn't have a review. Great to see it has one now.

Divaman
January 14th 2018


4935 Comments


Good choice.

ScuroFantasma
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2018


11770 Comments


Nicely done, this looks real cool, will check

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Asdfp277
January 14th 2018


22150 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

underwhelming

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2018


19306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

uh

Asdfp277
January 14th 2018


22150 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

lol

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
January 14th 2018


19306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

oh

StarlessCore
January 15th 2018


7068 Comments


lit alb

mirage is fave

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vovi
January 17th 2018


7 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Although I am a fan of his work (I have only listened to a part of his massive catalogue), I was not blown away by this album.

MrSirLordGentleman
July 16th 2018


13200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

which artwork is the original one? The one in here or this one? https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/6/62/Irrlicht_Klaus_Schulze_Album.jpg/220px-Irrlicht_Klaus_Schulze_Album.jpg



I'm downloading this I'm too picky on this kind of silly stuff

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2018


19306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The one here is



when in doubt, go to Discogs and always use the original German (Brain/Ohr) press covers

MrSirLordGentleman
July 16th 2018


13200 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

will do



thx buddy

GhandhiLion
March 11th 2019


7936 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

71 years old. Hmmmm

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Zig
March 11th 2019


2016 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still fine as wine.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
March 25th 2019


19306 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

massive dronage



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