It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of world-famous German composer, musician, producer, and innovator Klaus Schulze. He passed away on 26th April, 2022 at the age of 74, after a long illness.
SPV managing director Frank Uhle comments on the death of Klaus Schulze“We were shocked and saddened to hear the news of Klaus Schulze‘s sudden death. We lose and will miss a good personal friend – 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.”
‘Electronic Music Legend’ – Klaus Schulze (born 4th August, 1947 in Berlin) was known all over the world as THE pioneer of Electronic Music and notable representative of the ‘Kraut Rock’ scene. He shaped the ‘Berlin School’ and was the forefather of innumerable Electronic Music styles and genres, from Ambient to Techno. The ‘godfather of Techno Music’ – as he is fondly known – rolled out his extensive sounds, played his legendary sequences and created this unique ‘Schulze atmosphere’ for more than 50 years. Beginning with Tangerine Dream and Ash Ra TempelKlaus created over 50 solo albums, including IrrlichMirageXDuneFarscapeKontinuumSilhouettes, and this year with Deus Arrakis (June 2022). Creating either under the moniker of Richard Wahnfried or in his various collaborations with great artists like Arthur BrownMichael ShrieveRainer BlossLisa Gerrard or lately Hans Zimmer (Oscar winner 2022 for the Dune soundtrack, with Klaus Schulze support): Klaus Schulze always remained faithful to his unmistakable style of making music, while keeping an open mind for innovations and experiments.
Klaus Schulze leaves behind a huge musical legacy and is survived by his wife, two adult sons and four grandchildren. RIP.

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