QUAESCHNING & SCHNAUSS

Synthwaves

Pure Berlin-school bliss from synthmeisters Thorsten Quaeschning (Tangerine Dream)  and Ulrich Schnauss. Synthwaves pays homage to the masters of the past, yet feels fresh and enchanting. Crisp, interlocking patterns are modulated and mutated with mathematical precision into eight pieces of pristine, post-kosmische sounds to float away to. During two intense weeks in Berlin, Quaeschning and Schnauss – both students of the great, late maestro Edgar Froese – locked themselves in a studio full of vintage synthesizers, analog sequencers and drum machines, and the result is a gorgeous set of purely electronic music. As the title suggests, a bit of tongue-in-cheek playfullness was allowed during the process – however, all of these pieces sparkle with real emotion and warmth. As with the finest Tangerine Dream soundtracks it's the kind of music that paints vivid pictures on the canvas of the listeners mind: synth plucks hang in the air like glaring neon in metropolitan dusk, and zero-gravity pads hover like ghostly morning mist travelling over empty coastlines. Poly-rhythmic patterns are allowed to build - slowly but steadily - bar after bar, until synth-Satori is reached. By the time the last track on this album runs out, it's obvious these two producers have themselves become masters of their craft. Equipment & Software used on 'SYNTHWAVES': THORSTEN QUAESCHNING: Software: Steinberg Cubase 8 &8.5 Hardware: Manikin Schrittmacher Step-Sequencer x 2 Manikin Memotron Roland Jupiter 8 synthesizer Roland JD800 synthesizer Dave Smith Prophet 8 synthesizer ARP Solina MK2 string synthesizer Korg Wavestation Ex synthesizer Waldorf Microwave synthesizer Moog Voyager monophonic synthesizer Modular synthesizer Roland V Synth synthesizer Korg Z1 synthesiser Korg Prophecy synthesiser Korg M1 synthesizer Clavia Nordwave synthesizer Yamaha TG77 synthesizer module Roland System 1 synthesizer Roland JU06 synthesizer module Korg MS20 monophonic synthesizer Roland JP08 synthesizer module Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer drum machine Oberheim DMX drum machine Roland Promars synthesizer Fender Starcaster guitar Fender Telecaster guitar Fender Stratocaster guitar Screwdriver on wood and contact microphones, Several boxes with contact microphones A field recording of bees in Thorsten's garden, edited on Cubase and then treated with Melodyne & Halion - and finally used for the lead melody line on 'A Calm But Steady Flow'. (Software synthesizers): Spectrasonics Omnisphere synthesizer, Spectrasonics Keyscape ULRICH SCHNAUSS: Software: Steinberg Cubase all tracks bar PRISM and AMONG MANATEES** (Logic) *Peripheral equipment: Manikin Schrittmacher sequencer. *Hardware synths: Roland JD XA synthesizer Roland Jupiter-8 synthesizer Roland JD-800 synthesizer Oberheim OB-8 synthesizer Roland System 1 synthesizer Roland MKS-70 synthesizer module Rhodes Chroma synthesizer Waldorf Q synthesizer Microwave XT synthesizer module *Software synths & effects: Various modules from Sonic Core’s SCOPE system. *Hardware effects: Ensoniq DP4
QUAESCHNING & SCHNAUSS

Synthwaves

Pure Berlin-school bliss from synthmeisters Thorsten Quaeschning (Tangerine Dream)  and Ulrich Schnauss. Synthwaves pays homage to the masters of the past, yet feels fresh and enchanting. Crisp, interlocking patterns are modulated and mutated with mathematical precision into eight pieces of pristine, post-kosmische sounds to float away to. During two intense weeks in Berlin, Quaeschning and Schnauss – both students of the great, late maestro Edgar Froese – locked themselves in a studio full of vintage synthesizers, analog sequencers and drum machines, and the result is a gorgeous set of purely electronic music. As the title suggests, a bit of tongue-in-cheek playfullness was allowed during the process – however, all of these pieces sparkle with real emotion and warmth. As with the finest Tangerine Dream soundtracks it's the kind of music that paints vivid pictures on the canvas of the listeners mind: synth plucks hang in the air like glaring neon in metropolitan dusk, and zero-gravity pads hover like ghostly morning mist travelling over empty coastlines. Poly-rhythmic patterns are allowed to build - slowly but steadily - bar after bar, until synth-Satori is reached. By the time the last track on this album runs out, it's obvious these two producers have themselves become masters of their craft. Equipment & Software used on 'SYNTHWAVES': THORSTEN QUAESCHNING: Software: Steinberg Cubase 8 &8.5 Hardware: Manikin Schrittmacher Step-Sequencer x 2 Manikin Memotron Roland Jupiter 8 synthesizer Roland JD800 synthesizer Dave Smith Prophet 8 synthesizer ARP Solina MK2 string synthesizer Korg Wavestation Ex synthesizer Waldorf Microwave synthesizer Moog Voyager monophonic synthesizer Modular synthesizer Roland V Synth synthesizer Korg Z1 synthesiser Korg Prophecy synthesiser Korg M1 synthesizer Clavia Nordwave synthesizer Yamaha TG77 synthesizer module Roland System 1 synthesizer Roland JU06 synthesizer module Korg MS20 monophonic synthesizer Roland JP08 synthesizer module Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer drum machine Oberheim DMX drum machine Roland Promars synthesizer Fender Starcaster guitar Fender Telecaster guitar Fender Stratocaster guitar Screwdriver on wood and contact microphones, Several boxes with contact microphones A field recording of bees in Thorsten's garden, edited on Cubase and then treated with Melodyne & Halion - and finally used for the lead melody line on 'A Calm But Steady Flow'. (Software synthesizers): Spectrasonics Omnisphere synthesizer, Spectrasonics Keyscape ULRICH SCHNAUSS: Software: Steinberg Cubase all tracks bar PRISM and AMONG MANATEES** (Logic) *Peripheral equipment: Manikin Schrittmacher sequencer. *Hardware synths: Roland JD XA synthesizer Roland Jupiter-8 synthesizer Roland JD-800 synthesizer Oberheim OB-8 synthesizer Roland System 1 synthesizer Roland MKS-70 synthesizer module Rhodes Chroma synthesizer Waldorf Q synthesizer Microwave XT synthesizer module *Software synths & effects: Various modules from Sonic Core’s SCOPE system. *Hardware effects: Ensoniq DP4