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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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  • Stefanszz

    My fav German musician!! <3

    4 Oct 7:59pm 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 3:20pm 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 3:19pm Reply
  • renardeargent

    very me

    15 Aug 9:15pm 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 11:44pm Reply
  • sls

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

    1 Jun 9:38pm Reply
  • zadatus

    So chill... Ahhh~ <3

    22 Apr 9:10am Reply
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  • lembo53

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

    18 Mar 10:38am Reply
  • depechedream

    Thanks @Neon_Spadezzz :)

    5 Mar 7:23pm 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 3:30am Reply
  • kaanixir

    attention => Monday Paracetamol

    28 Jan 7:22am Reply
  • Stefanszz

    cool german dude alert!!

    19 Jan 7:44pm Reply
  • mushroomsseason

    I really love this music!

    18 Jan 4:00pm Reply
  • TheShadowstorm

    God damn this guy is fucking awesome.

    17 Jan 6:31pm 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 9:44pm Reply
  • InASafePlace

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

    5 Jan 5:15am Reply
  • aknewhope

    Beautiful music.

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • almerindo_lana

    His music brings me the most cheerful feelings from the winter afternoons on my hometown.

    9 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Stefanszz

    love dis german guy!!

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
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