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Klaus S. is of course a master sculptor of deep and interesting soundscapes. While Lisa Gerrard quite simply has a stunning voice and a stunning technical mastery of her vocal powers. Sounding at times like a Wagnerian heroine, a Middle East belly dancer or a new age goddess. And the fact that all her vocals are first take improvisations is downright impressive.
The music is varied, covering a wide range of moods and atmospheres. Suited for meditation, fantasy journeys, explorations of inner space.
Essential and profound.
Schulze and Gerrard together are a perfect mating of musical souls. Kudos to Schulze's new manager for arranging this collaboration for him, as he speaks of in his liner notes. I would love to hear another work done together by them again in the near future. This is a must-have album for any fan of this genre of music.
I liked Lisa Gerrard's Gothic/Gregorian vocal work with Dead Can Dance, so I knew a bit what to expect from this Farscape. And yes, her vocal improvisations over Schulze's ambient music work perfectly well.
There are 7 titles on two CD's called "Liquid Coincidence 1" to "Liquid Coincidence 7" averaging 20 minutes each. As the titles suggests, you kind of get the same atmosphere for two hours, so one could get a little bored after a while. It could even be dangerous if you are driving at night.
But if you take it by smaller doses, Farscape is a very enjoyable experience.
Definitely, definitely stow away on this voyage!
The first CD is very easy to listen to. Occasionally a little dissonance creeps in to keep things interesting but overall very smooth. Gerrard's Transportive vocals beautifully intertwine with Schulze's lavish soundscapes. It's not fast and frenzied (like a lot of modern electronica) but rather slow, intentional, and immersive.
The Second CD starts off a bit more dissonantly (the first two tracks). That isn't to say they are bad or rough going, but rather challenge the listener just a little bit more. The reward for this challenge comes with the 3rd track (6th overall), which provides a wonderful transition from dissonance into the sublime. Long time Schulze fans will know what this means (think Dune and Sabastian in Traum). It's even more beautiful with Gerrard's haunting and evocative singing, which really takes it to the next level.
This isn't necessarily the kind of album you put on over dinner or when entertaining. Rather, this is the kind of album to put on when you want to be transported. Any attention you give it, will reward you tenfold. A good sound system makes it even more impressive. Enjoy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not my klaus schulze of the 70's. lost his touch along the way. lisa's voice tends to grate on my nerves.Published 7 months ago by D. Griffith
Love the CD with the vocals. it is unique and haunting... right up my alley!Published 12 months ago by Janice A. Bogacki
Great album, I am a fan of Klaus Schulze for a long time, ethereal and dreamy, thought provoking
and great meditation music.
I lately have been experimenting with some music purchases, though I didn't go out on a limb with this 2 CD set. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by PhiloX
To me "Farscape" is an ambitious work of KS. Trying to combine his hypnotic wavy sounds and the mysterious and multifarious voice of the Lisa Gerrard (voice of "Dead can Dance"). Read morePublished on February 28, 2010 by Solaris
This a long waited new duo!! a blend of avand-gard Klauss and out of a limbs meditation experience from Lisas's voice that continues given a goose bumps and high introspective... Read morePublished on November 27, 2009 by M. Rivera
This is an interesting situation. You have Lisa Gerrard, half of the incredible (now defunct) ensemble Dead Can Dance, and Klaus Schulze, who is an alumnus of Tangerine Dream. Read morePublished on August 19, 2009 by Wolfsegg
As a fan of Klaus Schulze since the beginning (Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, & Irrlicht) I have to say that Farscape is one of my favorites of Klaus' long career. Read morePublished on June 17, 2009 by Floyd M. Orr
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