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Eighties Veteran back on stage

Schaltkreis Wassermann is a veteran group of early eighties electronica with their cult album PSYCHOTRON. The duo that consisted of Stella & PJ Wassermann fused wild psychedelic experiments with their exploration of analog synthesizers that at that time were completely new and futuristic. But they also included pop and dance elements.

Their instruments in the early 80ies were:
• ARP 2600
• ARP Avatar guitar synthesizer (the guitar part didn't work really well so the Avatar was often used as a sound module, basically identic with the ARP Odyssey)
• Roland 100M modular synth
• Sequential Circuits Prophet V (Rev 2)
• Roland Dr. Rhythm and later Roland TR-808 drum machine
• Roland MC4 MicroComposer as the central controlling hub and compositional machine

Effects included Roland RE-201 Space Echo, the Roland SVC 350 Vocoder, Roland Phasers and Flangers and the Marshall Time-Modulator.

Schaltkreis did a couple of live gigs at that time but found it impossible to reproduce their sound on stage with the available technology. In the mid eighties Stella & PJ turned their interest more to pop music and had some hits with their novelty pop group Matterhorn Project. Later PJ created his psyTrance project Eternal Bliss with which he's going live still today and they both did some solo albums. In 2004 Swiss-American DJ Alex Gloor (In Flagranti) urged them to re-release PSYCHOTRON as a CD. Schaltkreis was on the map again.

Sadly Stella died in 2011.

Before her passing away, in 2009 and 2010, Schaltkreis Wassermann had a series of concerts with a totally new repertoire between electronica, ambient, rock and psyTrance in Switzerland, Ibiza, Formentera and Athens. The performances were accompanied by psychedelic projections. Most of the concerts were wildy successful, leaving enthusiastic audiences behind. But Stella always said that this music wasn't really Schaltkreis, she didn't like the electric guitar and the rock elements that came with it. Probably sooner or later this material will be released but maybe under a different name.

In June 2012 Berlin label Private Records re-released PSYCHOTRON on vinyl. The first pressing was accompanied by the first Schaltkreis single "Sex is Out, ich bin geklont". For the release party in Sameheads, Berlin, PJ did an extended DJ gig with old Schaltkreis material (released and unreleased), some remixes and some new tracks. Asteriza did visual projections. It was a great gig but unfortunately there are no fotos or videos.

PJ is currently preparing the next gig in Antwerpen on October 24th 2013. And a new album is in the makings using the old analog synths and some new ones like the Mopho. The style could be called retro-futuristic or minimal synth but PJ cannot completely refrain from using modern sound technology. ;-))


Schaltkreis Wassermann "LUX"
live in Antwerpen Oct. 24th 2013


Schaltkreis Wassermann is available for more live gigs - please get in touch!


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All the videos and text below reference to the Schaltkreis gigs of 2009 and 2010 which weren't "real Schaltkreis" - as Stella Wassermann has put it. You be the judge...




"LFO" (2010 version)



The 2010 version of "LFO" pretty much sums up the current Schaltkreis style: powerful, intense and melodic. We constantly keep working on our music and this is the June 2010 version of the LFO track, with a new music mix, partly new vocals and guitar, live drums by Pierre-Alain Jost and new improved visuals. But there's nothing like the live experience of Schaltkreis Wassermann so stay tuned and try to get to one of our concerts.



"Spaced Out Again" live at GOASYS II



Pooh, what a night at GOASYS II in Basel on Feb. 19th 2010! Schaltkreis Wassermann was playing like in trance and people were dancing like mad, shouting and screaming. This track here is called "Spaced Out Again", it has a longer experimental intro and then touches psyTrance territory with its tempo of 140bpm. Performed by Stella Wassermann (vocals, Kaossilator), PJ Wassermann (VG-99 guitar, vocoder) and Pierre-Alain Jost (drums).
Video shot by Cedric Spindler.

GOASYS (the psychedelic multimedia dance experience) happened at Nordstern Basel.






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Schaltkreis Wassermann performed at SYNCH Festival in Athens, Greece, on Sunday June 14th, 21.00h in Benaki Museum. It was great and a lovely audience. We fell in love with Athens!



Comment by wistful:
Hi, I saw you at the synch festival you were really great!!






See all the fotos and details of our SYNCH gig here.

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Visuals byPascal Müller, live video recording byMichel Huber, performed at the TweakGrill Zurich on August 29th 2008.

See all the videos on the videos page.

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Schaltkreis Wassermann

When in 1982 the vinyl album PSYCHOTRON by Schaltkreis Wassermann was released it contained many elements that later became mainstream in techno and pop music. Today Schaltkreis is back again as a powerful multimedia live-act between electronica, ambient and psyTrance with Stella Wassermann singing and treating the Kaossillator while PJ Wassermann plays the VG-99 guitar synthesizer, vocoder and keyboards.

The multi-faceted music of Schaltkreis Wassermann mirrors their longtime experience with electronic music. The avantgarde cosmic veterans are fusing psychedelic electronics with Stella's spaced-out vocals and PJ's rock guitar. Their main focus is on playing live, improvising over the studio-produced backing tracks and creating a multi-sensory experience with the amazing hypnotic visual projections that are fully synchronized to the beat. A very special pleasure for travellers and connaisseurs of all kinds and ages.

If you want something truly extraordinary for your club, party, vernissage or festival then please get in touch with us.


Comment by myspace-friend Kyubi:
"What a fascinating sound and history, I'm very pleased to make your acquaintance. Your work is a perfect example of the depth and variety that makes me love music so much."






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Live Gigs

Schaltkreis Wassermann at SYNCH, Athens
We enjoyed very much to be invited to SYNCH festival in Athens, Greece, and to play there at Benaki Museum on Sunday, June 14th 2009.
Here's a review by Skylight Webzine.

See all the fotos and details of our SYNCH gig here.

Find out more about our concerts on the live gigs page.

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Music Downloads

Now you can download all tracks from the PSYCHOTRON album as mp3 on our music page.

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CD-Shop

Get PSYCHOTRON, the classic vinyl cult album from 1982 - this time as a CD. See and buy other CDs by Stella & PJ Wassermann.

PSYCHOTRON

Go to the Shop page to find more about this classic album and how to get it.

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Background

Read about the fascinating correspondance with DJ Beppe Loda, the godfather of the Italian CosmicAfro scene.

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Go to the Background page to find more about the background of Schaltkreis.




   
 
 
 


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