Sunday, 4 June 2017


Artists: Thorsten Quaeschning & Ulrich Schnauss
Label: Azure Vista Records
Cat No: VISTA 003
Distributor: Cargo
Release date (physical only): June 30
Release date (download): June 16 from Juno Records.

1. Main Theme
2. Rain On Dry Concrete
3. Slow Life
4. Cats And Dogs
5. A Calm But Steady Flow
6. Thirst
7. Flare
8. Prism 

10" tracklist:
A. Among Manatees - Ulrich Schnauss
B. Off-theater Final Season - Thorsten Quaeschning
Format: 10" vinyl single, 33 rpm.
Cat No: VISTA 004

CD (card-digipak)
LP + download card (limited to 750 copies) 140g vinyl with sleeve art by Adrian Bang and Jakob Sk√łtt. Comes with obi-strip.
LP bundle including an exclusive 2-track 10" (limited to 250 copies) only available from Azure Vista's bandcamp page (100 copies) or at TANGERINE DREAM or QUAESCHNING & SCHNAUSS concerts (150 copies).

NB the two tracks will NOT be available anywhere else than on the 10" single.

Websites currently selling the album:
Azure Vista's bandcamp page
Compact Disc Services in Dundee

Tower Records Japan
Forced Exposure
Juno Records
Five Rise
Norman Records
Clear Spot

On Spotify and I-Tunes soon...

SYNTHWAVES will be launched at Thorsten's and Ulrich's concert at the Musical Instrument Museum in Berlin on June 25. 


Pure Berlin-school bliss from synthmeisters Thorsten Quaeschning 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.


Software: Steinberg Cubase
Manikin Schrittmacher sequencer x 2
Manikin Memotron
Roland Jupiter 8 synthesiser
Roland JD800 synthesiser
Dave Smith Prophet 8 synthesiser
ARP Solina MK2 String Ensemble synthesiser
Korg Wavestation EX synthesiser
Waldorf Microwave synthesiser
Moog Voyager monophonic synthesiser
Modular synthesiser
Roland V Synth synthesiser
Korg Z1 synthesiser
Korg Prophecy synthesiser
Korg M1 synthesiser
Clavia Nordwave synthesiser
Yamaha TG77 synthesiser module
Roland System 1 synthesiser
Roland JU06 synthesiser module
Korg MS20 monophonic synthesiser
Roland JP08 synthesiser module
Roland TR-8 Rhythm Performer drum machine
Oberheim DMX drum machine
Roland Promars synthesiser
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 'CALM'
(Software synthesisers): Spectrasonics Omnisphere synthesiser, Spectrasonics Keyscape.

Software: Steinberg Cubase all tracks bar 'PRISM' and 'AMONG MANATEES' (Logic)
*Peripheral equipment: Manikin Schrittmacher sequencer.
*Hardware synths:
Roland JD XA synthesiser
Roland Jupiter-8 synthesiser
Roland JD-800 synthesiser
Oberheim OB-8 synthesiser
Roland System 1 synthesiser
Roland MKS-70 synthesiser module
Rhodes Chroma synthesiser
Waldorf Q synthesiser
Microwave XT synthesiser module
*Software synths & effects: Various modules from Sonic Core’s SCOPE system.
*Hardware effects: Ensoniq DP4

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