Klaus Shulze - Cyborg (1973)

Studio Album, released in 1973

Excellent addition to any
prog rock music collection

Review by philippe
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Content Development & Krautrock Team

5 stars "Cyborg" is a seminal work in abstract experimental electronic music. The psycho acoustic and hypnotic effects on the listener are incredible. This double album features almost similar electronic equipments used in "Irrlicht" (acoustic strings manipulations, molecular machines, primitive keyboards). This deep meditative and almost supernatural musical adventure starts with a magical linear organic composition led by cello chords, long dronescapes with circular "intergalactic" noises. The atmosphere has something creepy, sad but released within a fragile beauty. The second part begins with an obsessional, cybernetic, industrial accompaniment, floating in a static time. In distance come modulated sounds, giving a macabre accent to the ensemble. Progressively rises monumental synth waves. Beautiful, ethereal electronic loops come from the dark. "Cyborg" second album carries on an imaginative and haunted abstract symphony. The first composition starts with organic powerful "drones" sustained by rising synth lines. The tension goes higher and the composition opens on a church like organ chant. Discreet electronic repetitive rhythms give an other dimension to this unique and unmistakable piece. The last track features an avalanche of electronic loops, effects and accidents, sometimes turning the attention of the listener with mysterious, celestial synthesiser chords. With Irrlicht, this one represents the pick of Schulze's musical creativity. No musical conformism, no definition, just exquisite traumatic dreamscapes.

Dellius | 5/5 | 2008-9-29

5 stars Cyborg and Irlicht are the humus of the Schulze's universe, experimental and non figurative soundscapes. Only with organs and strings, all passed trough his morpher hands in the mixing board (as another musical instrument) Klaus give us an extatic story, about a organic machine, recording her breathe in a marriage with some kind of green soul. An evolution in a conception of life, unknow life, but, as the music, wispering life too. If in these times Tangerine Dream become more than a secuenced Dali's in acid soundscape , Schulze could be the Mark Ernst, avery record a mutation, ambient, symphonic or minimal, only become more physical in the begining of the 80's. In the version for Brain records, Klaus found the perfect artist for the image of the music, the painer Urs Urman, in collaboration (depending the released) till 1978.

Tracks Listing

1. Synphära (22:49)
2. Conphära (25:52)
3. Chromengel (23:49)
4. Neuronengesang (24:57)

Total Time: 107:27


- Klaus Schulze / all instruments

Edition 1995 Tempel 14992

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