Ulrich Schnauss – Goodbye

May 15, 2009

Today’s MSMOTD

Ulrich Schnauss – Goodbye (from 2007′s “Goodbye”)

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Today’s MSMOTD is a bit of a retreat from the lyrically intense songs of the last few artists I’ve posted.  Ulrich Schnauss doesn’t DO lyrics.  Or rather, perhaps he does, but the vocals are so filtered that any lyrics just blur into the lush soundscape, enhancing the music but not supplanting it.  It is this soundscape which is at the forefront of Ulrich’s music.  He paints his sound across the aural sonicscape with a broad brush, layering as many as 100 tracks over each other to achieve the result that he desires.  What comes out of that process is gorgeous, complex, multi-faceted, relaxing and makes great study music!

Mr. Schnauss, the man behind the music.  I just like saying that name, to be honest.  Schnauss Schnauss Schnauss!

Mr. Schnauss, the man behind the music. I just like saying that name, to be honest. Schnauss Schnauss Schnauss!

Goodbye is a fantastic example of his work.  Dreamy, bubbly and ethereal (I’m going to have to start posting some non-ethereal music here… what’s the antonym for ethereal?  Earthy?  Grungy?).  You can just barely make out the vocalist singing the word “goodbye” as they fade in and out of coherence, with waves of sound washing against the speakers in hypnotising rhythms.  I was actually looking for something similar to BT’s “This Binary Universe” when Schnauss was recommended to me.  He’s really nothing at all like BT, but I did immediately fall in love with Schnauss’ music for studying.  His sound is full enough to wash out any external noise, while remaining light and predictable enough not to distract from the equations and concepts that you’re trying to internalize.

Reviewers often (rightly) compare Schnauss to other outfits such as Boards of Canada and the Cocteau Twins, and (oddly) to shoegaze outfits and dreampop bands like Slowdive.  Personally, I would compare him most closely with Tangerine Dream.  Are they even making music still?  I’ll have to find out for a future MSMOTD.  Anyways, check out Molfsee below for an example of Schnauss’ slightly darker, Boards of Canada-esque work.

Hope you like it.  Leave a comment to tell me what you think!

- Mons

More Music from Ulrich Schnauss

Ulrich Schnauss – Molfsee (from 2001′s “Far Away Trains Passing By”)

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Further info about today’s MSMOTD

Official Website: http://www.myspace.com/ulrichschnauss

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulrich_Schnauss

You can purchase Goodbye (2007) from Amazon.com.  Bizarrely, I can’t find Goodbye (the song) on Amazon.com’s MP3 service, though you can get Molfsee

One Response to “Ulrich Schnauss – Goodbye”

  1. I really liked the rain sounds at the beginning of this track (suitable for our recent weather, no?), very calming and comforting.

    I continued to listen and thought this is not something I would normally listen to but it made me think of a couple things:

    1) the background of something on CSI and

    2)that it really would make very good study music. I actually found myself mulling over the chapters I need to memorize for my midterm on Tuesday while still listening to the music. Once again, something I would not normally pick, but a perfect choice for Spring courses.

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