dimanche 21 février 2016

KLAUS SCHULZE: Le Moulin de Daudet (1994/2005)

“Well...I might be wrong but I never felt that Schulze was really at ease with the ambiences of this movie. And we feel it all along the 63 minutes which divide the 21 tracks of Le Moulin de Daudet”
Virgin France (1994) CD 63:00 **½
Revisited Records (2005) CD 79:09
***½

Here is one of the most unknown albums, to the catalog and by the fans, of Klaus Schulze. Even so it respects the ideologies of the musical sampling that  Schulze experiments from the beginning of the 90's. “Le Moulin de Daudet” is the 3rd soundtrack made by Klaus Schulze. And if its 63 minutes of music would have grown together in one big track, instead of 21 very short ones, this album would have doubtless better passed the test of criticisms. So much among the fans and the so musical experts of that time. Except that instead we find about ten tracks which hardly passed the 2 minutes time, making almost impossible to structure the visionary frenzies of the German master. And nevertheless, this “Le Moulin de Daudet” contains the same symphonic aura which flows on the works of Schulze for the last years. It's an uneven opus which contains beautiful small musical pieces, but we feel that Schulze doesn't feel at ease here. There are still a lot of flutes, ghost melodies and jerky ambiences with sonic prisms always set up by the MIDI technology, as in "Mother Sadness" and its weeping cello. A title that I like and, like several others, suffers of the short yoke of time. We feel that Schulze has some difficulty identifying well the ambiences of shorter tracks, exception made of "The Discovery of Maître Cornille Secret", noticed that melted to "Joy of Maître Cornille/Garden & Youth (Reprise)" it would have would have allowed to deepen better these ambiences. The same goes for "Le Petit Dauphin I and II". But overall, I still have this impression that he seems to be uncomfortable at the idea of creating a music that sticks to feelings other than his. However, the adventure Angst and Body Love went very well and turned out to be successful. But at the end, the music here doesn't seem to fit that much to the atmosphere of the movie, that I watched in Fast Forward mode if I want to be honest.
Having said that, Revisited Records has re-released “Le Moulin de Daudet” in a very nice 3 panel digipack, as always, including a small notebook which includes extracts of interview, explanatory memorandums of
Schulze on the music, new photos as well as a bonus track issued from a studio session in 2004. "The Ion Perspective" was initially composed as promotional music to praise the Alesis equipments during the electronic fair of Frankfurt in April 2004. In short, this is the Klondike to every fan of Klaus Schulze! In a mood oscillating between a progressive techno and a hollow jazz, Schulze mystifies the listener with a synth style trumpet which makes waltz and which makes spin solos on a rhythm supported by good dynamic percussions, a good bass line and an great sequencer modulated in loops. It's an interesting track which is worth the spending if we know how to shop on the Internet. Roughly, it's not with “Le Moulin de Daudet” that one becomes a fan of Schulze's music, but "The Ion Perspective" could help it understand why!
Sylvain Lupari (February 16th, 2016)

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