Electronic music pioneer Klaus Schulze has died aged 74.
The Berlin-born star died on Tuesday (4/26/22) after battling an undisclosed illness.
Frank Uhle – the managing director of Schulze’s label, SVP – said in a statement: “We have lost and will miss a good personal friend – one of electronic music’s most influential and important composers – a man of conviction and an exceptional artist.
“Our thoughts at this hour are with his wife, sons and family. His ever cheerful nature, innovative spirit and impressive work remain indelibly etched in our memories.”
Schulze – who is widely recognized as a pioneer of electronic music – joined Tangerine Dream as a drummer in the late 1960s. He played on the band’s first album but then left to join Ash Ra Tempel, where he played alongside guitarist Manuel Gottsching and bassist Hartmut Enke.
However, their partnership only lasted for one album, before Schulze left to strike out as a solo artist.
He released his first solo album in 1972 and he eventually released over 50 albums during his 50 plus years in the music industry.
Despite this, he hasn’t been on tour for the past few years as he decided to prioritize his health.
Speaking in a 2018 interview, Schulze explained: “It wasn’t an easy decision, and I miss live gigs with the fans; it’s true. But I had to learn the hard way that the Health comes first. And I’m back to kind of a normal mode now, which took a while, but I’m very happy with it.”
Schulze is survived by his wife, two sons and four grandchildren.