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Klaus Schulze Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal/brain
  • ASIN: B00000853Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Klaus Schulze "TimeWind" The Magnum Opus 23 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was initially attracted to this album by the ghostly figures on the cover. As an ardent fan of Tangerine Dream I was pleasantly surprised to learn that not only was Klaus an ex-member of the group, but, that he had harnessed the power of the "MIghty Moog" sequencer and produced a pulsating soundscape of pure electronic genius. Timewind is a classic mid seventies masterpiece on a par with TD, Michael Hoenig and Manuel Gottsching. Listen and enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mindblowing bayreuth return 21 Dec 2010
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Finding oneself surrounded for a few days by the music of Klaus Schulze's early classics may start bringing upon one this focused meditative awareness so difficult for many of us to sustain in the 21st Century. Less often means more in the spiritual sense. It might be best to choose just one of Klaus Schulze's suites, press the repeat button, give it time and see what happens. You might very well find out that what at first seems like an electronic wall of sound gradually starts breaking down and breathing its own life into yours. Providing you are able to separate yourself from media and other distractions for a few days you may realize that these ambient electronic sounds surrounding you are able to calm your thoughts down in a very relaxed hypnotic way.

Bayreuth Return might be the perfect choice to surround yourself with. It is one of Klaus Schulze's most powerful suites of electronic music, making it one of the most powerful in space. This was his synthesizer masterpiece pretty much completely electronic and ground breaking. If you happen to be working on a project requiring mental concentration this music contains the magical gift of being able to add some turbo power to the function of your brain. I think that it has a lot to do with the energy Klaus Schulze was able to capture within this creation. The wind is on fire, I guess. Yes, I have always had the feeling that I was surrounded by some soft and safe cosmic wind, while listening to this music. The repetitions of sound are so gentle and warm bringing on a feeling that we are being driven by some sacred wind, safely on our way. You are a spirit within the universal harmony of space. There is no chaos in here, at least until the final seconds when it all crashes down.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time has passed, but this one has not faded 22 April 2002
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Klaus Schulze has released many CD's, in fact so many that I got a shock when I recently revived my interest in his music and looked at his bibliography. His first album, Irrlicht, was released exactly 30 years ago. His most recent release this year (2002) is on the white Manikin Decade double CD. In the meantime he has consistently recorded and released a stream of slowly evolving compositions.
Time Wind was one of the first and it is unique in its sound scheme. The titles of the two compositions echo his regard for Wagner. The outer form of the music does not remind of Wagner at all, though. It is pure hard core electronic synthesizer music, with layer upon layer of strands of sound and meaning. Inside each piece the music builds up towards a climax, long drawn and subtle. There is not any single moment where you suddenly perceive the movement of the music, it is over before you know. The title Time Wind is very apt: in the high frequencies it is as if you hear the overtones of cosmic time passing in huge sweeps.
This CD stands out from all of his other work and has a very unique sound. For me it is still a favourite, despite the very high quality and maturity of music that Schulze has produced in more recent years.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 26 Oct 1999
Format:Audio CD
This is the first masterpiece by the German father of electronic music. Wonderful soundscapes (the samplers you can hear are not that good, I'm afraid...), faint melodies, great sound effects -- like winds, and whales-like cries. A must for the serious audiophile.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Klaus Schulze's Breakthrough Masterpiece!! 10 May 2003
By Louie Bourland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Timewind" is the album that put Klaus Schulze on the map as a major pioneer of electronic music. Recorded and released in 1975, this album has gone on to be a cornerstone of sorts. Many synthesizer artists such as Vangelis, Jean-Michel Jarre and Kitaro followed suit with music that is not too disimilar to "Timewind". In the days of vinyl LPs, this album was quite lengthy clocking in at 59 minutes with each side running at 30 minutes apiece.
The opening half consists of the dynamic sequencer tour-de-force "Bayreuth Return". This long piece was recorded live directly to a 2-track tape machine in Klaus' bedroom (!!!). It is quite a remarkable piece of work as there were no digital computerized sequencers or synths at the time. The rhythms are floating and hynotic throughout. Its etherial chord washes are extraordinary. The only thing that I found bothersome about the piece is the way it ends. It's an abrupt edit into a loud crashing sound. It's quite possible that this piece was much longer than its 30 minutes but was cut short due to vinyl constraints.
The second half, "Wahnfried 1883", is Klaus' tribute to composer Richard Wagner. Over the course of its 28 minutes, we are treated to a massive cloud of synthetic wind sounds and heavy dark long-held chords. There is no rhythm to this piece, just a dark ambient structure. This is great mood music for relaxing, reading a book or studying. This piece can really take you somewhere if you have the imagination for it.
After all these years, "Timewind" is still Klaus Schulze's ultimate magnum-opus. It comes as no surprise that this album won the French Grand Prix shortly after its release in 1975.
To find some of the roots of where todays electronic music comes from, one should look no further than "Timewind". Here we are in 2003 and this album still stands the test of time.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem from a different era 1 Mar 2001
By Hammond - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album plus Klaus's other epic masterpiece, Floating, are unique accomplishments in music. It's a powerful piece which takes one traveling through alien landscapes buried deep within our subconscious minds. The many layers of complex and yet soothing arrangements always have something new to be discovered, even after all these years since it came out. Although Klaus may not agree as he once wrote back in response to a fan letter I had sent him, he has since abandoned this style and gone to a more mainstream route producing music that's not anywhere near as compelling. This album was a spectacular hit among electronic music fans and made quite a splash in Europe. Timewind goes back to the golden age of space music which also happened to be the beginning of it. The forerunners of it didn't abide by the laws of economics yet. They made music that told a story in as long a time as an LP would allow, unlike today where eveyrthing has to be in bite sized chunks of 3-5 minutes. It's with that kind of frontiering mindset that a one man band does what entire orchestras can't sometimes: create music so cohesive and rich that one never tires of it, and it always has the same grand impact. Timewind is full of sequnces that you may actually find in his other work too. Dig-it, Dune, Sense, Body Love either replicate or have similar sequences, but none is compelling nor impactful. This work remains in its own pristine corner as a jewel of an album that has never been surpassed in creativity and imagination. Bravos to Klaus for this brilliant work.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best, Absolutely No equal, Non-pareil! 21 Feb 2001
By Bladerunner B26354 - Published on Amazon.com
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This album has no equivalent in its class, no equal, nothing. I am a complete fan of Tangerine Dream, but Klaus Schulze's "Timewind" is the most valuable record I have in my collection. I have had it on my turntable for two years since I bought it and have played it at least 2,000 times--sometimes 5 or 6 times a day! The main reason: STRESS REDUCTION, and I really mean it. The green side (1) is preferred over the red side, but they are both completely capable of putting me into a sleepy orbit a million miles away. Klaus uses his synthesizers to produce waves and sounds that I cannot explain, nor will I try, but the brain knows a treat when it hears it. I highly recommend using headphones with this or any of Schulze's albums; they seemed to be made for private listening.

There is no equal to this album known to humankind. There is simply no way to describe the visual images and peaceful bliss that accompany a fully undisturbed listening with a good pair of sealed headphones. Closest to heaven I'll ever get in this lifetime. No dramatics, I just call it as I see it. If it was not true, I would have told you.

Each listener will surely have his or her own response, but "Timewind" must mean what its title says: that it makes no difference what year it is. What you listen to hear, my friend, is what they will call "classical" music three or four hundred years from now, maybe sooner. There are no vocals, and that's another concern with my music. No, I do not hate people, I just like music that expands my consciousness and helps me to relax. Schulze, in my educated guess, recorded this album on the first take, as with many great musical contributions, and I bet he could never get the same result twice. The total playing time is only 43 minutes, making it all the more rare. I cannot overstate the quality of this musical gem, the diamond of my collection! If you have a copy, do not, under any circumstance, lose it. If you do not have a copy, then buy one as soon as you can. It was hard enough to find on CD, where, unlike my record player, I can put repeat on and listen to it about six times a night until I fall asleep into the most rejuvinating slumber possible. Don't wait any longer, as your emotional wellbeing is yearning already. If you are not used to electronic or ambient music, you need only to wait until its full effect can be appreciated.

This album, like other favorites of mine, will lift you out of depression, states of unreasonable anger, anxiety, insomnia, mood swings, or any other undesired emotional states. Buy it today! Top recommendation!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive space music. 28 July 2000
By Felix Matathias - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been listening for a long time to Vangelis and Jarre music. I am a big fun of their early works, the era of analog synthesizers and their really "out of this world" - very intelectual music. I short of categorized this music to my mind as "the outer space music".
I was very dissapointed that nobody writes this kind of music any more. Its a dead species. The latest albums of Vangelis and Jarre are dissapointing and nobody seems to be able to continue their work. I felt really frustrated that I couldnt find any more of the music that I love.
So eventually I had to look back in the past and find out of composers that wrote similar music in the early 70's. Thats how I discovered Claus Schulze. I was amazed. I couldnt believe in my ears. Sensational music, it makes you think, search, discover. Its 100% "outer space music" and guess what: I dare to say that his work overshadows at least Jarre's work in terms of depth and spiritualism. This album in particular is a masterpiece. It was conceived in some other galaxy and performed by Schulze on Earth. It is the ultimate "space music". I recommend it to all the serious funs of this particular genre.
The music is tranquile and unforced, there is no beat in the album, it kind of drifts in the vacuum of the outer space. It is not a massive supernova explosion but rather a GENESIS OF A NEW STAR. You have to listen to this music a lot of times in order to appreciate it. People of the trade understand what I mean. It is like a philosophy book. You have to give it some time. But after you manage to release its power it will serve you as the ultimate spaceship to the heavens. (Ok back to earth now)
This album is a masterpiece!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timewind 6 Jun 2000
By Bob Dankiewicz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The best of the 70's Klaus Schulze offerings. If you are looking for something to calm you down, this is one of the best meditative CD's on the market. Take a long drifting voyage to distant places with "Bayreuth Return". Explore those distant places with "Wahnfried 1883". This CD is NOT for listening to while you drive! For best results, turn off all the lights, unplug the phone, get comfortable, and drift away to the subtle "wind" and melodic undercurrents of this disk. If your blood pressure has not dropped by 20 points at the end of this disk, then see a doctor! Timewind compares favorably to Tangerine Dream's Rubycon and Phaedra disks. This is an essential disk to have in any Klaus Schulze collection.
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