My fascination with Ulrich Schnauss goes back a long time to when I still discovering this thing we call ‘electronic music’. A Strangely Isolated Place was the first one I heard from him, and though it’s been years since I went back to it I can recall that album note for note in my head. I’ve been keeping an eye on him these days in anticipation of his new collaborative album, ‘Synthwaves‘, with Thorsten Quaeschning of Tangerine Dream, which comes out at the end of this month on Azure Vista Records. It’s got the most exciting press release I’ve seen in weeks.

Pure Berlin-school bliss from synthmeisters Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss. Synthwaves pays homage to the masters of the past, yet feels fresh and enchanting. Crisp, interlocking patterns are modulated and mutated with mathematical precision into eight pieces of pristine, post-kosmische sounds to float away to.

During two intense weeks in Berlin, Quaeschning and Schnauss – both students of the great, late maestro Edgar Froese – locked themselves in a studio full of vintage synthesizers, analog sequencers and drum machines, and the result is a gorgeous set of purely electronic music. As the title suggests, a bit of tongue-in-cheek playfullness was allowed during the process – however, all of these pieces sparkle with real emotion and warmth.

As with the finest Tangerine Dream soundtracks it’s the kind of music that paints vivid pictures on the canvas of the listeners mind: synth plucks hang in the air like glaring neon in metropolitan dusk, and zero-gravity pads hover like ghostly morning mist travelling over empty coastlines. Poly-rhythmic patterns are allowed to build – slowly but
steadily – bar after bar, until synth-Satori is reached. By the time the last track on this album runs out, it’s obvious these two producers have themselves become masters of their craft.

But Ulrich Schnauss has given us something else chew on before June 30, when. A new EP, ‘For Nothing’ is now available via free download on his Bandcamp and features remixes from Yppah (another favorite of mine) and Dave DK. I promise this will be the nicest 30 minutes of your day.

Schnauss is also going on tour soon. Here’s a list of upcoming gigs with ticket links:

*05/08/2017 Yaga Gathering, Lithuania http://yaga.lt/tickets/
*12/08/2017 Stendhal Festival, Limavady https://www.stendhalfestival.com/shop/
*25/10/2017 Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds https://dice.fm/…/ulrich-schnauss-25th-oct-belgrave-music-h…
*26/10/2017 Mama Roux’s, Birmingham http://birminghampromoters.com/Ev…/ulrich-schnauss-oct-2017/
*27/10/2017 Islington Assembly Hall, London http://www.soundcrashmusic.com/ulrich-schnauss-iah/
*28/10/2017 Modern Art, Oxford http://www.seetickets.com/…/ulrich-schna…/modern-art/1114211
*10/11/2017 Green Door Store, Brighton http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/282239