Early 80s – Schaltkreis Wassermann
“Early 80s” by Schaltkreis Wassermann contains singles, edits and unpublished tracks from the early 80s. The album was released on 30 June 2017.
“Early 80s” was re-mastered from the original recordings in Stella and PJ Wassermann’s legendary Space-Sound-Studio. The original master tape of “Sex is out, ich bin geklont” was not rediscovered until 2017. Tracks 5 to 11 had been recorded before the legendary cult album PSYCHOTRON and have never been released in digital form (there was a limited vinyl release on the album “SKW” from Private Records, Berlin).
1. Sex is out, ich bin geklont 3:20
2. Vierspur 3:11
3. Space Shuttle (extended mix) 4:28
4. HyperSpace 3:38
5. Full Moon Night 3:20
6. Cosmic Symphony 4:04
7. Arabesque 6:24
8. LaserDrive 4:20
9. LUX (soundtrack version) 5:06
10. Time is Tight 4:51
11. Fly with us 5:50
All compositions by PJ Wassermann, except “Time is Tight” by Booker T. Jones Al Jackson, Jr. Donald “Duck” Dunn, Steve Cropper.
The sequence is not chronological. The first on the album are the two singles “Sex is Out” and “Space Shuttle” with their respective B-Pages “Vierspur” and “Hyperspace”. “Sex is Out” and “Vierspur” have a better sound quality than in previous vinyl releases, since the original masterbands have only recently been rediscovered. “Sex is Out” was the first release of Schaltkreis in 1981, while “Space Shuttle” was released after the album PSYCHOTRON. “Space Shuttle” was originally the soundtrack for a Swiss TV series, which covered the first launch of the US space shuttle. On this album you will find an extended version of this optimistic 80s anthem.
The rest of the album consists of unpublished Schaltkreis music with “Fly with us” as the oldest recording. It had originated in the electronic studio of the Basler Musik-Akademie, where Stella and PJ had made their first steps in an electronic studio.
Many of the melody tracks were recorded with the ARP Avatar, one of the first guitar synths. It was notorious for its often erroneous tracking, which sometimes led to strange sound slips, which can be heard in some pieces of this album. On the other hand, the Avatar had a fantastic sound with the same circuits as the famous ARP Odyssey. Other instruments we had used then:
• ARP 2600
• Sequential Circuits Prophet V
• Roland System 100M
• Roland Space Echo
• Roland Phaser, Flanger and Vocoder
• Marshall Time Modulator
• Roland MicroComposer MC-4
Recordings were made first with a TEAC 4Spur and later with an Otari MX 5050 8Spur tape machine ,
PJ Wassermann: “I got annoyed by the relatively bad sound quality of the TEAC 4track and the fact that we had only four tracks. So we had to make a lot of premixes, and we always lost some of the sound quality. I was not satisfied with the results we achieved and that was the main reason why we did not release these tracks at the time. Today I think that these songs contain many interesting ideas. Some of them are very elaborate compositions and real treasures of early analog synth music.”
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