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Trancefer Klaus Schulze Album.jpg
Studio album by Klaus Schulze
Released October 1, 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre Electronic music, Space music, Berlin School, Trance music
Length 37:23 (original)
74:41 (reissue)
Label IC
Producer Klaus Schulze
Klaus Schulze chronology
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Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Trancefer is the fourteenth album by Klaus Schulze. It was originally released in 1981, and in 2006 was the twenty-third Schulze album reissued by Revisited Records. With the original total running time of 37 minutes and 23 seconds, it was the shortest album in Schulze's canon until the 2006 reissue doubled its running time.


Trancefer features strong performances by Wolfgang Tiepold on cello and Michael Shrieve on percussion. Although it was his second album recorded with digital instruments, and has a great deal of treble, it is an example of the Berlin School genre which developed in the 1970s. The second track, "Silent Running", was inspired by the science fiction film Silent Running starring Bruce Dern. Other works of science fiction awarded Schulze pieces were Dune (1979) and The Andromeda Strain (1971).

Trancefer is quite distinctive in its sound and arrangements. It is quite different from what Schulze was doing in the 1970s in the sense that it is not a composition that uses sequencers, transpositions, and a main melody line. Trancefer is more syncopated, and here the main focus is put on the dialog between the percussions and the chords Schulze is playing on the Yamaha CS-80 synthesizer.

There is a pre-release of Trancefer, called "Trancefer half-speed cut", which consists of 300 copies at 45RPM normal cut, and 500 copies at 33RPM, the 'halfspeed' cut. The mix is different from the original album, and the main sequence is reminiscent of the one, which features in "Bellistique" on the ...Live... album, although this is more evident in the 'half-speed' cut, than the full release version.

It is interesting to note that the track "Opheylissem" on Audentity is reminiscent of "A Few Minutes After Trancefer".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Klaus Schulze.

No. Title Note Length
1. "A Few Minutes After Trancefer"   on original release 18:20
2. "Silent Running"   on original release 18:57
3. "A Few Minutes After Trancefer (Version 33 Halfspeed)"   reissue bonus track 18:17
4. "Silent Running (Version 45)"   reissue bonus track 19:07


  1. ^ Brenholts, Jim. Trancefer at AllMusic

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