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Ulrich Schnauss

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Ulrich Schnauss was born in the northern German town of Kiel in 1977. During his formative years, he came to love a wide spectrum of music, ranging from My Bloody Valentine to Tangerine Dream, from Chapterhouse to early bleep and breakbeat tracks. There was not much opportunity to see his musical heroes in Kiel, so he moved to Berlin in 1996.

By that time, Ulrich was already a prolific musician in such genres as ambient and drum and bass, with a variety of pseudonyms (most notably View to the Future and Ethereal 77). These earlier works soon caught the eye of Berlin electronica label CCO (City Centre Offices), who took him up.

Soon his submissions to CCO developed into Ulrich’s first album under his own name, entitled Far Away Trains Passing By. It became an electronic classic; listeners were smitten with the lush instrumentation and the emotional impact of his elegant music.

Yet nothing could prepare his growing army of supporters for the next record, A Strangely Isolated Place, which slowly came together in 2001. The album truly displayed Ulrich’s youthful indie influences and established his pedigree as an outstanding electronic composer. A Strangely Isolated Place has become one of those extraordinary and rare occurrences: a record that slowly grows in stature by virtue of its overriding ability to deliver more than the usual arid and academic treatises on the state of the synthesizer.

“When you’ve worked with computers and keyboards for a number of years, they become not so fascinating of themselves anymore,” he said. “I gained in confidence after people began to discover Faraway Trains, and it hasn’t really stopped since then. This time I decided not to compromise on what I wanted to do, with what I thought people might want me to do.”

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  • TheShadowstorm

    I'll always have a love for Ulrich's music.

    Yesterday 5:27am Reply
  • XeRTeXVideos

    Far Away Trains Passing By is GOAT

    14 Jan 9:02am Reply
  • kineticwaves

    I really love Ulrich Schnauss. His music is superb.

    10 Jan 2:04am Reply
  • Insvims

    It is great to have Ulrich Schnauss with my favourite group, Tangerine Dream. Hope for a lot of great music to come from that new line up!

    25 Nov 2014 Reply
  • my_surfboard

    As If You've Never Been Away remains one of the most serene pieces of music I've ever listened to, without hyperbole or exaggeration. it deserves a higher spot in user's listening charts; it's that good

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • NarooN

    One of my favorites...certainly a musical savant. I too was blown away when I heard 'Stars' in the Cadillac commercials, had to do a double-take to make sure I wasn't going craz(ier than I already am)

    27 Aug 2014 Reply
  • renardeargent

    very me

    15 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Omega_Switch22B

    My appreciation for Far Away Trains Passing By has only increased with time, even though I immediately fell in love with it. This may be because it fell into my life when certain circumstances made a large shift in my consciousness, but I listened to it again today for the first time in a long time- as it is an exceptionally emotive album for me, to the point of being difficult to listen to- and fell in love with it again, but with intense tears. There's something about it that is so open, loving and yet melancholic. It's like being caught in a massive rain storm, being caught in the downpour yet being ecstatic.

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • sls

    This guy's music pops up in unexpected places, similar in that way to Brian Eno

    1 Jun 2014 Reply
  • zadatus

    So chill... Ahhh~ <3

    22 Apr 2014 Reply
  • hateampere

    .

    3 Apr 2014 Reply
  • lembo53

    Perfect music for Yoga. Distinctive sound that gets you straight into the Zone.

    18 Mar 2014 Reply
  • depechedream

    Thanks @Neon_Spadezzz :)

    5 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ToteHeldensagen

    Curious to see no one mentionned the song "Stars" plays all the time on TV in a Cadillac ad... [2] Was at a family friend's house the other night and heard this from the other room. I knew it right away!

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • kaanixir

    attention => Monday Paracetamol

    28 Jan 2014 Reply
  • mushroomsseason

    I really love this music!

    18 Jan 2014 Reply
  • TheShadowstorm

    God damn this guy is fucking awesome.

    17 Jan 2014 Reply
  • masodikgalamb

    My fav from the new album is "Like a Ghost On Your Own Life". [2] If I had never heard Ulrich Schnauss before, this track alone would have made me a fan.

    12 Jan 2014 Reply
  • InASafePlace

    Curious to see no one mentionned the song "Stars" plays all the time on TV in a Cadillac ad...

    5 Jan 2014 Reply
  • aknewhope

    Beautiful music.

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
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