The German Electronics artist Robert Schroeder (discovered 1978 by EM pioneer Klaus Schulze) has produced numerous excellent solo CDs as well as his success album Double Fantasy / Universal Ave., which reached the US Charts in the end of the 80s. The music of Robert Schroeder is various, but always soulful. He combines spherical synthesizer sounds with modern rhythmical contrasts, often supplemented by spacey guitars and sometimes also by piano, cello or voices. Schroeder's music spectrum includes Electronic, Ambient, Chill-Out, Lounge, Adventure and Trip-Hop. Electronic Music in the widest sense is the musical style of this artist who has his roots in the music of Klaus Schulze, Can and Pink Floyd.
PARADISE (1983), the fifth solo LP of the German artist, showed clearly that Robert Schroeder has other thoughts about an "other kind of Electronic Music" seemed to come along. The music of his publications changed constantly.
In addition Robert even says: "A growing musician goes through a constant development, he has to find himself. However, besides, clear recognition times, peculiarities of the artist continue, from the outset and harden more and more to that what corresponds to the artist. He is found".
PARADISE is different, but typical and unmistakeably Robert Schroeder.
On PARADISE, Robert Schroeder has integrated already the musical elements which found application in the music only years later as "sample technology" and created a new kind of the music. Thus PARADISE begins, for example, with a sample loop of the word "Paradise". It doesn't exist "sampler" at this time, here the loop was generated with an endless echo.
Paradise includes also the beloved track SkyWalker, which was also released sepa-rately as 12"-MaxiSingle and as Single in 1983. SkyWalker counts to one of the most successful songs of the artist.
In 2009 Robert has done a sound update with PARADISE. Not re-mixed but an all over sound correction with new computer technology. Today the CD PARADISE is available in this high power sound update only.
The re-release includes a bonustrack, the title SkyWalker’90, as a long live version from 1990 (from the CD MindWalk).
the track No.9 „SkyWalker’90“ is a bonus track
Best tracks: 1, 2, 3, 7, 9
(9 Tracks / 55 Min.)
Please read the album review by Sylvain Lupari
from gutsofdarkness.com & synth&sequences.com
Robert Schroeder is re editing his catalogue for the biggest pleasure of his fans from the very beginning, but also for those who discovered the music of Robert Schroeder with his come-back in 2005 with “Brainchips”. Fifth and last album of Schroeder on Innovative Communication label, “Paradise” follows the disconcerting tangent that the German synthesist has establishes with the publication of “Harmonic Ascendant”, which was followed by a semi conceptual album in Floating Music. Thus after magnificent cosmic and poetic “Galaxy Cygnus-A”, Robert Schroeder goes with another semi conceptual album in “Paradise”. The side A of Paradise is simply superb and is in the same lineage as “Galaxy Cygnus-A” and side A of “Harmonic Ascendant” with an extremely poetic and musical approach, followed by side B which presents a diverse variety, as well as the very first commercial success of Schroeder with synth-pop “Skywalker”. Initially released on IC label in 1983, “Paradise” was produce as a CD on Racket Records in 1984 and in 2008 Robert Schroeder launched a version with an amplified sound quality which includes a bonus track on his own label News-Music.
The conceptual part of “Paradise” begins with the stunning “In Memory of Paradise” and ends with “Future Memories”. It’s with the word, quite hardly audible, Paradise that begins the introduction of “In Memory of Paradis”e. This word rolls in loops, an audacious sampling mode for this era, reproducing an effect of breathlessness on soft synth riffs and layers with noises of an analog fauna unique to Schroeder’s works. Riffs of synth follow to shape a soft ascending cadence with a sequence to slightly metallic resonances and a play of keyboard from which keys grope around as cat steps. The juxtaposition of these chords to the resonant sequential movement results in a delicate melody which follows a tangent at once innocent and dramatic with graver synth impetus, while an acoustic guitar exhilarates the tempo of its weakened notes. “In Memory of Paradise” pursues its hypnotic and minimalism evolution through noises of a slightly stocked highway. Even if the beat is not quite similar, it’s hard avoiding any paradox with the Autobahn de Kraftwerk, but with the more dreamlike approach even if always so hypnotic. Subtly we fall on Moments and its suave acoustic guitar which ties its notes to glass chords and a synth with delicate shooting solos. Solos which abound and encircle “Moments” of superb twisted momentums whereas the tempo increases its pace by more jerky riffs. Riffs that are stowing to glasses tinkling whereas “Moments” is flooded of a feverish synth approach with solos and mellotron breezes on the hypnotic and hopping rhythm which seduces since the first steps of “In Memory of Paradise”.
“Deep Dream” moderates emotions with a rhythmic as much hesitating which serves as beginnings since the opening of Paradise with a widely staggering tempo which zigzags in an irizated sound fauna where soft synth layers lull to sleep a movement clutched by notes of a wandering acoustic guitar and so short-lived as Balance, before that “Future Memories” redirects the rhythm towards its introductory minimalist shape and these words of its intro which are repeating in loops.
A vacillating synth wave opens the door to “SkyWalker” fluid and steady tempo. Percussions and repetitive sequences hammer a flexible, minimalist and catchy tempo which is encircled by curt synth pads of which the riffs effect is mixing skilfully to light resonant oscillations frontlines to an amazing electronic guitar. Very synth-pop, SkyWalker is the first commercial success of Schroeder and sounds very much as Beverly Hills Cop or Miami Vice soundtracks. Well, it was the 80’s! “Time Machine” takes us back into the suave and slow rhythms of side A with a soft minimalist and hypnotic tempo. A tempo which pulses under the weight of the heavy and resonant sequences while the synth frees brief chords before shaping wave-like solos, which sing like guitar solos, on a fine metallic mist and a tempo which goes by growing slightly the pace. With its plaintive and caustic synth layers, Timeless soaks into a strange universe where time is frozen. Fine notes of acoustic guitars roam into corridors filled of embittered mermaids’ singings of which hootings float as metallic threats in a wood eroded and devastated by rains and winds.
A dark and iridescent track, “Timeless” will remain quite representative of the very particular character whom is Robert Schroeder. This new edition of Paradise offers a bonus track and it’s a “SkyWalker” revamped by of furious riffs and solos of guitars which leads to Paradise’ conclusion. Wilder, more musical and just as much rhythmic, this version exploits a little more the Berlin School approach than synth-pop. Although the line remains very thin between both. I like, I prefer!
Paradise shows Robert Schroeder's great versatility, both at the level of styles and the mastery of equipments that he conceives. His synths and keyboards let hear a mixture of very eclectic tones with a strange passion for guitars of which the fusion with those of Guenther Beckers is superbly surprising. Paradise is a nice incursion in an ambivalent musical universe where emotions sail on the back of rhythms and atmospheres as honeyed as bewitching. To me, it’s an album as much beautiful as “Harmonic Ascendant” and almost perfect as “Galaxy Cygnus-A”. As for “SkyWalker”, which is not that bad far from it, it’s synth-pop as in the 80’s and a continuation of rhythms already touch on Floating Music. It’s also a proof that Schroeder has always kept some room a more techno, synth-pop EM. A kind that he will explore deeper in years to come. In the meantime, those who are still suspended to the musical of Harmonic Ascendant and Galaxy A Cygnus-A, you shouldn’t let Paradise passed by.
By Sylvain from Québec, Canada
Guts Of Darkness: The French Website of Dark, Ambient & Experimental Music
Other albums from Robert Schroeder:
(1979) Harmonic Ascendant
(1980) Floating Music
(1982) Galaxie Cygnus-A
(1984) Computer Voice
(1985) Brain Voyager
(1998) D.MO Vol.1
(2005) brainCHIPS (instrumental)
(2008) D.MO Vol.2
(2009) Taste It
(2009) 30 Years After
(2010) New Frequencies Vol.1
(2010) Cream, Cygnus-A
(2011) Club Chill Vol.1
(2011) Bochum Live 2011
(2012) D.MO Vol.3
(1987) Double Fantasy "Universal Ave"
(2006) Food For Fantasy "The Secret Of Dreamin"
(2008) Food For Fantasy "Fruits Of Fantasy"
(2010) Food For Fantasy "Fresh Food”