Montag, 9. April 2018

Von Zeit zu Zeit...

...bekomme ich Anfragen von Rock- oder Elektronik-Musikern, ob ich nicht etwas für sie tun könne. Ich gab mal diese Antwort und sie gilt immer noch:

Guten Tag

Es ist freundlich, was Sie da schreiben. Aber ich bin ein alter Mann und habe mein ganzes Leben lang eigentlich nur mit einen Musiker/Komponisten ernsthaft (und inzwischen seit über 40 Jahren) gearbeitet.

Ich will das jetzt nicht mehr ändern; auch ist mir die aktuelle (Rock-)Musikszene recht fremd. Mein Interesse ist mehr die "seriöse" Musik, die aus der Vergangenheit zu uns herüber klingt, von John Dowland über Mahler bis Ellington und Eric Dolphy.

Schöne Grüße, Klaus D. Mueller

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Samstag, 17. Februar 2018

Ja, hier geht's schnell:

Circle-Mitglied Lutz schreibt mir:
"Zufällig sehe ich gerade, daß morgen abend (18.Februar) um 18:20 im Radio auf SWR 2 das Hörspiel "Doktor Faustus - Elektrisiert" produziert 1985 vom WDR mit Musik von Klaus Schulze & Rainer Bloss gesendet wird.
Ist zwar jetzt ziemlich kurzfristig, aber vielleicht ist es ja doch noch einen Hinweis auf der Website oder Deinem Blog wert."

Ist es, Lutz. Danke!

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Montag, 15. Januar 2018

Schulze Geschichte(n) ...

...gibt's unter dem Titel Wer Schulze heißt, muss was können. Die erstaunliche Schulze-Geschichte. Ich hab sie inzwischen erweitert auf 168 Seiten Din A4; sie ist gebunden wie "The Works" oder "The Essential...".
Hier unten kann man das Inhaltsverzeichnis sehen Die circa 110 Fotos sind dort natürlich nicht extra vermerkt; sie lockern aber den Text erläuternd auf.
The (slightly different) English version The Amazing KS Story is also available. It's in the same format as "The Works" and "The Essential...". THE AMAZING KS STORY has 150 pages and includes circa 100 pics to illustrate the four decades of KS.


Here's the index of the English version: .. . . . . . . Und hier das deutsche Inhaltsverzeichnis:
The KS era, witnessed & a little bit co-shaped by kdm
These are the memories from all the years I have worked with KS, in the studio, the office, or on tour,
from the early seventies until the end of the millenium.
I had started to write it down in '86 and then - again and again - I added something...
Of course, I still work with Klaus. THE KS CIRCLE shows it, again & each month.
I want to point out that I avoid promotion stories.
You'll find no myths and no legends among the 46100 words (...and many pics).
The simple truth was often exciting & amazing enough.

erzählt (natürlich) die gleiche Geschichte (in 48.600 Wörtern), sie ist aber keine simple Übersetzung sondern wurde separat geschrieben.
Auch die etwa 100 Photos in beiden Bänden sind unterschiedlich.

is the complete discography (and much more) from the sixties until the day I send it to a user.
It was and is permanently updated.
At the moment it contains 828 records with the name of "KS" on it, including 158 samplers,
and 1730 titles, and 530 names, ...and all of it is indexed.
The main discography is chronological...
...and here is the "Table of Contents":

There is no joy in art & science without the detail !

is a monthly newsletter (& much more), existing for 24 years now, month by months.
(click in "useful links" / "The KS Circle" here at the left).
And here is a pdf of issue 240: 222402 (pdf, 1.667 KB)

The three volumes of
... is the best of the Circle's first twenty-two years (& ½) in three volumes.
It contains: thoughts, articles, letters, answers, quotations, reviews, discussions, many unusual pics, drawings, and other paraphernalia. Kluge, freche, absurde Bonmots über KS, die Musik und die Welt, in English & German (mixed) (and a bit of French, Italian, Spanish...if I quote from an original source).
no. 1 - 88 (1995 - 2003) 294 pages
no. 89 - 177 (2004 - 2011) 294 pages
no. 178 - 244 (2012 - 2017) 294 pages

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All this is NOT to see or to read in the internet. Only on old-fashioned printed paper.
Size of these books: 21 x 30 cm (= 8.27 x 11,69 inches)
The monthly 'The KS Circle': is half this size: 15 x 21 cm
Each of these booklets is not free anymore, but it costs now... in Germany or abroad: 40 €
Membership for 1 year to receive the monthly newsletter THE KS CIRCLE is also 40 Euros.
The postage is always included.
Just send a mail to: kdm AT posteo D0T de
and I will explain to you.
(sorry, but I don't send to the USA)

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Donnerstag, 14. Dezember 2017

I have just heard the new album by KS!

Look here

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Sonntag, 29. Oktober 2017

Mirage im Traum

Ich träumte heut' morgen, ich lege Schulzes MIRAGE LP von MIG (oder SPV, auf jeden Fall so'n Re-Release) auf, um den ersten, den "1984"-Untertitel zu prüfen, von dem mir Lennart gestern berichtet hatte: der Titel fand Verwendung in einer aktuellen 4-CD-Box: "Noise Reduction System" auf Cherry Red Records.
Und was höre ich (im sehr realistischen Traum)? Altmodische 70er-Jahre Rockmusik mit polnischem (?) Gesang. Hä? ich war verwirrt Traum.

Daraufhin wachte ich auf – oh, schon drei nach 9! – sonst wach ich immer gegen 8 Uhr auf.

Beim Kaffeemachen kommt Julia in die Küche und sagt Ich hab schon die Uhren (in Küche und Wohnzimmer) umgestellt, eine Stunde zurück.

Ahhhh, das erklärt mein "spätes" Auswachen: Ende der Sommerzeit.

Aber es erklärt nicht das Anhören der MIRAGE-Vinyl mit polnischem 70er Jahre Rock.Und auch nicht die Erinnerung daran, denn ich erinnere so gut wie NIE meine wirren Träume.

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Donnerstag, 3. August 2017

Für Klaus Schulze zum 4. August
Der Bär hat einen kleinen Tick:
Er macht "Die Große Nacht Musik"
The bear's in love with his new tool
He plays it like a zany fool.

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Das Interview

Vor ein paar Wochen hatte ich wieder mal ein Interview vermittelt; beim anfragenden Journalisten hatte ich ein gutes Gefühl und es hat nicht getäuscht. Hier ist das Ergebnis.

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Freitag, 14. Juli 2017

Already 18 years ago I mentioned in the detailed discography "The Works":

The use of the computer for creating – as well as storing and re-using – musical recordings makes it difficult for a compiler to collect accounts of such recordings for an accurate discography.
. . . . . Before, with tapes, it also was not easy, but now with the new technique it's a nightmare. Today, the results are not visible anymore, the new digital signal processing methods are 100% virtual; there are no tape boxes anymore on shelves, no touchable and visible 2-, 4-, 8-, 16-, or 24-track master tapes, but just plenty of Zeros and Ones on harddisks (or little sticks, or whatever). And worse: It's so very easy now to reuse or recycle this musical material. With the right software it's so simple to change the key of a piece, the speed, the rhythm, play it upside down, etc. and use the same or the altered piece (or parts of it) again for a "new" recording (hence the sudden fashion of "re-mixes", because, I repeat: it's so very easily done today).
. . . . . However, for an observer and compiler it's hard to keep tracks = which musical snippet was done when? changed when? by whom? and used where? and how often? This brings the artistry of serious discographical work not to an end, but ...
. . . . . I fear that it also makes the music more arbitrary (= beliebig) and worthless. By coincidence this is happening at the end of a century and maybe it also marks the end of an era. Not many of the younger people collect music anymore, as it was seriously done in the past with the old formats on DISCs: schellack, vinyl. What is left to report about for a DISCographer, are just the obvious final results, the released discs (or any other tangible, touchable & visible medium in the future) as long as those will be still offered and used.

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Freitag, 17. März 2017

why index titles? (as for instance in complete opera recordings)

Mr. Mueller has put some clever subdivisions on numerous longer tracks in the set [and else]. Some people may think it's useless, but in my opinion it helps to understand the piece structure and helps to better remember some passages in it. For example, in "L'opera aperta", the "Scherzi a parte" section is a strong one, but distinctive from the other ones (it's also a favorite one!). We have the precise moment and duration with kdm's subtitles. I'm also more attentive when each section changes. Just take a look at your cd player! The song structure is sometimes complex, evolutive, etc. It's also a great reason why I prefer the Ultima Editions albums in comparison with KS regular albums. I remember the "Vie de rêve" structure more easily than the "Dune" one, just because of these subdivisions.

(from a longer article by Frederic Letourneau from Canada, in The KS Circle from October 2001, about THE ULTIMATE EDITION; most of this 50-CD set's music was later reissues in La Vie Electronique, vol. 1-16.
The subdivisions and its (sub-)titles are all mentioned in detail on the covers or in the booklets of the CDs and sets (and in THE WORKS), but - because of space - not in the Schulze website discography)

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Donnerstag, 15. Dezember 2016


British PROG magazine has just released what they call "The Synth Issue!". There is also a pleasing article about the "true musical maverick" KS on pages 44 and 45, based on an interview that I had arranged two months earlier.


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