Personnel: Klaus Schulze (organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Haraold Grobkopf (drums).
Recorded at Studio P-anne-Paulsen, Frankfurt, Germany.
Personnel: Klaus Schulze (electronics); Harald Grosskopf (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Albrecht Piltz; Klaus D. Mueller.
Recording information: 1976.
Photographer: Guido Harari.
Translators: Markus Schurr; Matt Goodluck.
As one of the original members of Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze certainly blazed some important trails on the virgin terrain of early-1970s electronic music--trails that would grow wide enough to accommodate millions of travelers throughout the '80s, '90s, 2000s, and beyond, and encompass everything from New Age and ambient music to drone and chill-out techno. The same commitment to innovation marks Schulze's solo discography, from which 1976's MOONDAWN emerges as one of the highlights.
Comprising two long compositions ("Floating" and "Mindphaser"), MOONDAWN is vintage, ambient space music generated by various analog synthesizers (foremost of which is the Moog, the key instrument Schulze used to sculpt his signature sound). Not only is MOONDAWN an important document in the early chapters of electronica, but it stands up remarkably well beside the countless albums it helped inspire.