At once uplifting and otherworldly, the music of Ulrich Schnauss combines multilayered synthesizers with beats and ethereal vocals, serving as an aural escape route from the trappings of reality.
Aside from releases under his own moniker, Schnauss also joined German electronica legends Tangerine Dream in 2014. Regularly enlisted as a mixer, remixer, producer and artist in his own right, Ulrich Schnauss may use music as a way to escape, but today he seems firmly rooted in the business, albeit constantly pushing against its staid sonic boundaries.
The titles of Ulrich Schnauss’s studio albums to date – Far Away Trains Passing By, A Strangely Isolated Place, Goodbye and A Long Way To Fall – hint at the artist’s backwoods background, growing up in the ‘cultural wasteland that is rural Germany’.
Unable to find like-minded people to create music with, Schnauss’ aural vision became liberated by his discovery of the synthesizer, enabling him to create multi-layered compositions on his own, with an aim to ‘translate the aesthetics of the ‘shoegazing’ sound into an electronic context’.
Inspired by the alternative guitar bands of the late 80s/early 90s (Slowdive, Chapterhouse, My Bloody Valentine etc.) as well as Acid House and early electronica (LFO, 808 State, The Orb), Schnauss began developing his own distinct sonic palette, melding delicate dreampop sensibilities with ecstatic electronic excess, defying the constraints of traditional music genre boundaries.
Ulrich’s live show will be complemented at Stendhal this summer with a stunning visual accompaniment produced by Nat Urazmetova.
May 10, 2017