Johannes Schmoelling

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Johannes Schmoelling
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Background information
Born (1950-11-09) 9 November 1950 (age 65)
Origin Lohne, Germany
Instruments Keyboards
Labels Viktoriapark Records[1]
Website Johannes Schmoelling - The Official Website
Notable instruments

Johannes Schmoelling (Schmölling in German), born 9 November 1950 in Lohne, Germany) is a German musician and keyboard artist. He was a member of the prolific electronic music group Tangerine Dream from 1979 to 1985. A classically trained musician, he began playing piano at the age of eight. By twelve he had begun playing the pipe organ and successfully mastered the instrument so well that he began to play professionally at various churches. By 1978 Johannes had graduated from college with a degree in sound engineering and secured a job working on live theater performances at the prestigious Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer in Berlin. He ended his stint with Tangerine Dream at the end of 1985 to pursue a solo career and has produced several solo albums as well as soundtrack music for numerous German television programs. In 2000 he created his own record label Viktoriapark records.

Tangerine Dream[edit]

Johannes met Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese in 1979. After his successful audition, he was brought into the band as a replacement for Peter Baumann thus re-establishing the trio. His first album with Tangerine Dream was Tangram and he successfully performed with the band on many albums like Exit, White Eagle, Logos Live, Hyperborea, and Poland: The Warsaw Concert. He was also a key performer during their prolific soundtrack years in the 1980s and has soundtracks to movies such as Thief, Risky Business, Firestarter and Legend to his credit. In addition he performed several concerts with the band at various locations throughout the world.


After working with Jerome Froese on Froese's record "Far side of the face", Johannes Schmoelling joined him and Robert Waters for the Loom project. So far they have released two EP's, titled "100 001" and "200 002", one album called "The Tree Hates the Forest", and performed at E-Live in Oirschot, Netherlands on 15 October 2011 and in Budapest in 2012.

Solo discography[edit]

  • Wuivend Riet (Erdenklang, 1986)
  • The Zoo of Tranquility (Theta, 1988)
  • White Out (Polydor, 1990)
  • Lieder Ohne Worte - Songs No Words (Erdenklang, 1995)
  • Der Zaubergeiger Settembrini (Deutsche Grammophon, 1995)
  • The Zoo of Tranquility (re-recording, Erdenklang, 1998)
  • White Out (re-recording, Viktoriapark, 2000)
  • Laufen (Viktoriapark, 2002)
  • Recycle or Die (Viktoriapark, 2003)
  • Weltmacher - Weltmusik (Viktoriapark, 2004)
  • Instant City (Viktoriapark, 2006)
  • Images and Memory (2-CD compilation, Viktoriapark, 2007)
  • Early Beginnings (recorded 1979-1985, Viktoriapark, 2008)
  • A Thousand Times (Viktoriapark, 2009)
  • Time And Tide (Viktoriapark, 2011)


  1. ^ "Viktoriapark Record". Retrieved 2007-12-01.