Klaus Schulze has passed away aged 74

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Klaus Schulze has passed away aged 74

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An electronic music pioneer

One of electronic music’s greatest pioneers Klaus Schulze has died aged 74 as confirmed by his representatives in a statement.

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“We lose and will miss a good personal friend,” Frank Uhle, the managing director of his record label SPV wrote in his statement. 

“One of the most influential and important composers of electronic music – a man of conviction and an exceptional artist.

“Our thoughts in this hour are with his wife, sons and family. His always cheerful nature, his innovative spirit and his impressive body of work remain indelibly rooted in our memories.” 

Schulze was born in Berlin in 1947 and for a brief period was a member of Krautrock groups Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, and the Cosmic Jokers before launching a solo career which boasted more than 60 albums.

Schulze was crowned the “godfather of techno” for his innovative use of synthesisers and samples. 

The Berlin School style was no doubt shaped by him with its ambient music layered with repeatedly sequenced notes, laying the groundwork for electronica, new-age and trance.

Schulze’s music could be seen as recently as last year when Hans Zimmer adapted his 1978 song ‘Frank Herbert’ into the score for Dune’s reboot – apt considering  Schulze released a record titled Dune.