Prolific German synthesist, composer, and musician Klaus Schulze has passed away at the age of 74.
While no cause of death has been released as of this writing, news of his death was shared on his official Facebook page. “With deep sorrow we have to inform you that Klaus suddenly and unexpectedly passed away yesterday on April 26th, 2022 at the age of 74 after a long illness,” reads the post. It is signed by Maximilian Schulze and “on behalf of the family and the Klaus Schulze team.”
Born on August 4th, 1947, Schulze began his musical career in 1969 as the drummer for German electronic music group Tangerine Dream. Since then, he has released dozes of albums containing live, solo, and previously unreleased work. He also worked under the pseudonym Richard Wahnfried.
Beginning in 1994, Schulze worked with frequent collaborator Pete Namlook on a series of releases called The Dark Side of the Moog. In it, Schulze and Namlook reimagine a number of Pink Floyd songs using a Moog synthesizer. The first synthesizer he used was an EMS Synthia A.
Schulze remained active his entire musical career, with an unreleased album titled Deus Arrakis still set for release sometime in 2022. He is survived by his wife, two sons, and four grandchildren.