Robert Schroeder was born
on May 20th 1955 in Aachen, Germany. In his youth, he was mainly interested
in technics and electrical engineering although he tended to music
13 years old, Robert Schroeder got his first musical instrument.
It was a guitar, with which he picked up first experiences and it roughly
formed his taste of music. Soon after, it was obvious that he has been more
interested in experimental sounds. He eagerly tried to implement these with
alienated guitar sounds into current rock music.
In 1970 he stopped playing to devote himself more to electronics
and electrical engineering - certainly during his leasure time since he was
still in school until about 1972. The next 4 years Schroeder specialized
in developing and production of electronic music equipment.
From 1974 on, both, his interests in music and electrical engineering
created new, more specific ideas on "experimental and spheric music". Inspired
by musicians and groups like Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk, Klaus Schulze, Can, and
even Deep Purple or Emerson Lake & Palmer he consolidated his own independent
style of music and sound using individually tailored, developped and produced
In 1978 Robert Schroeder
got first serious contact with professional music. His activities in the
development of electronic equipment for recording studios decisively laid
the foundations for his career.
1978 Robert's son "Klaus" was born. Robert liked Klaus Schulze
to be his godfather.
A friendship arose. In 1978 Robert Schroeder signed his first contract
at IC label which was founded the same year by Klaus Schulze.
In 1979 Robert Schroeder's debut
Ascendant has been released. It was a real success. Although
this style of music has been rather unpopular Harmonic
Ascendant caused quite a stir. It has even been mentioned
abroad. Just in Germany more than 10,000 l-p's (!) have been sold. The presse
"A small splash for German conditions"
(Headline of Aachener Volkszeitung (local newspaper Aachen),
|| "Place No. 2"
(Medien Bestenliste (Media Highscore), BRD, 1980),
"A renewal in romantic music"
(21i, Swizzerland, 1980).
A year later, in 1980, Schroeder continued his success with a second
l-p called Floating Music. German music
magazines like Sounds and
that this one became one of the best records in
electronic music. "Musik Express" stated
in its April 1981 edition: "The second record Floating
Music of Aachens romantic electronic technician
[. . .] became, like expected, once again a soundtrack for esthetes.
Music like a look into the deep black night, into the glowing blue eyes of
a pretty woman, into a glass full of fiery red wine, for a jaunt through
the countryside, for resting out in the open..."
On the "International Music
Exposition" (SIM) in Italy even the cover of
Floating Music was elected the best
cover of the 1984.