On November 20th, 1993, the
93 KLEMdag in Nijmegen (NL), the Aachen sound artist released his 74 minute
opus Mindwalk. Mindwalk is a detailed work, made in more than
two years. The eleventh solo album partly consists of rhythmic melodic
intrumental tracks (synthesizer, drums, guitar) and partly consists of sphere,
meditation and soundscapes.
Some tracks have been specially composed for live performances.
They were created from the 1990 Mindwalk concert "Schwingungen Live
- Nachtmusik im WDR" in Cologne on March 3rd, 1990.
This concert's repertoire has been reconstruct, re-recorded,
completed and produced. It was the intention to catch the athmosphere and
the mood of this live concert in fine studio sound without the unwelcomed
side effects. Rather than the audience's mood, the musicians' mood ought
to come over on this c-d, this "feeling" should be transferred.
Mindwalk also contains a Skywalker-remake, which is
in its ninth version on this c-d. Skywalker (1983) is one of the most
popular tracks on Schroeder's live concerts. The "dream-shocker" "Guitronic"
takes up a special place in Schroeder's Mindwalk concert and on the
c-d. "Guitronic" doesn't fit well with the existing cliché "electronic
music". "Guitronic" is hard, brutal and aggressive, a "dream-shocker",
an experiment. On the Cologne Mindwalk concert Schroeder's live guitarist
Charly Buechel revealed true artistic guitar play. As a result, due to the
audience's reaction this track was the evening's best and had to be part
of the c-d.
But Mindwalk consists of nine tracks, that neither have
been played live, nor ever have been released before.
"Follow Me", walking absent-mindedly, gently
floating, forget about everything. Klaus Schulze said about Schroeder's
"If there is any contemporary romantic music, then it is the music
of Robet Schroeder."
With Mindwalk tracks like "Follow Me" or "From a Distance"
Schroeder does justice to this effect. "Impressions" is fresh
Old analogue sequencer sounds combined with modern drum-sets,
memorable guitar sounds and 136 bpm gets the fantasy going, impression are
For the 1994 KLEMdag on October
8th, 1994 in Nijmegen, NL, Robert Schroeder released the Everdreams
c-d. He did not just release this c-d though, but presented it at the same
time: He was one of the musicians performing on that KLEMdag. Certainly,
for Robert Schroeder presenting does not simply mean to put it on act, but
to emphasize his music with two performance dancers on stage (Edy Reimann
& Alexa Kreuzer). It has been a spectacular concert like no other. Moreover,
what has been so special about this concert was the spacious light show around
with exceptional effects.
Everdreams is Schroeder's 12th album.
It is timeless synthesizer instrumental music, evergreens of electronic music.
"Big Ocean" opens the 73 minute longplay c-d. It is the musical conversion
of the freedom of the oceans. A look out on the ocean attunes contemplative,
lets you dream and gets you a wanderlust. Daydreaming and spherical excursions
invite for a mind-journey as well as the pulsing tracks of the sound
artist Robert Schroeder. Everdreams offers a varied musical range,
from meditation to sweeping rhythm.
Everdreams guest musicians are guitarist Christian Guth (guitarist
of the group Warlock) and Horst Schippers, percussions.
Now and then, Robert also composes advert jingles for a local radio
station in Aachen.
What are Robert Schroeder's plans for the future?
He planned to release a demo c-d called D.MO comprising tracks
of previous demo versions of Robert. This one is in preparation. So, let's
wait and see. . .
Upshot for me: The music of Robert Schroeder does not come to a
standstill in its style. His music constantly develops, but anytime it's
a typical Robert Schroeder.