German-born electronic composer Ulrich Schnauss is set to release his latest album, No Further Ahead Than Today, next week (Nov 4th).
Combining a rich mix of multi-layered synths, beats and ethereal vocals, Schnauss’ fifth studio album is an altogether uplifting and otherworldly experience.
So to celebrate, Vulture Hound asked Ulrich to select the five records that changed his life and helped him become the musician he is today.
‘I’ve always used making and listening to music as a way to escape – putting on headphones is a great way to leave reality behind for a while, reminding yourself why it still makes sense to carry on,’ – Ulrich Schnauss.
Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
The first record i ever bought – or more precisely, that i forced my parents to buy for me. When I was 5 or 6 years old I had back problems – the therapist played the intro of ‘Shine On…’ to us kids during exercises. Obviously I had absolutely no idea who or what Floyd were, but i was fascinated to a degree of almost being terrified by this addictively otherworldly and overwhelmingly intense sound.
Tangerine Dream – Force Majeure
My favourite album of all time and still, even after all those years, the most perfect record I have ever heard. It’s like a tour de force (no pun intended) through the best elements of 70’s electronic rock; surrealist soundscapes, pulsating sequencers, gorgeous pads and the final part of the title track is the most beautiful thing ever recorded anyway.
Andreas Vollenweider – Down to the Moon
Yes, it’s difficult to incorporate traditional compositional methods without coming up with cliched results – hipsters and other people who don’t actually like music therefore make the mistake of simply abandoning them. The real art, however, is to develop a style of writing that is mature enough to avoid kitsch while still retaining emotion – and Vollenweider is its master. I could’ve listed many other of his albums (they’re all great), but I’m particularly fond of this one for some reason.
Chapterhouse – Blood Music
Purism is boring – very few other albums demonstrate that as well as Chapterhouse’s second LP. A thrilling mixture of electronica beats, heavily effected guitars and great songwriting make this a captivating listen from start to finish.
lfo – Frequencies
Not only is Frequencies one of the first techno LPs that actually works as an album rather than just as a compilation of random tracks, this record also played an essential role in providing me with a decent music education. The lyrics of the intro track essentially consist of a ‘who is who’ of electronic music – when i bought Frequencies I had just become a teenager and had absolutely no clue who Tangerine Dream or YMO were. Going through LFO’s list made me discover some of my all time favourite records. Finally, I still wish somebody would reveal which equipment Mark Bell was using to create those delicious, slightly distorted filter chords…
No Further Ahead Than Today will be released on November 4th via Scripted Realities. Check out his latest video for album track ‘Love Grows Out Of Thin Air’ (directed by Sean James Garland), below.
You can catch Schnauss live on November 7th at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire (supporting Psychic TV) and November 16th at Echoes, Acton Mews, London on November 16th. He’ll also be playing instore at Rough Trade East on November 8th. More details, here.