Ulrich Schnauss

Ulrich Schnauss's Ambient Electro

Ulrich Schnauss's Ambient Electro

I started collecting music when I was really tiny, probably early elementary school. I started by โ€œborrowingโ€ cassette tapes from my parents, and after my dad showed me how to use our stereo to record music from the radio, I started making my own tapes. I have to say that for an 8 year-old, I had a very impressive collection of R.E.M. mixes and random Australian music -- pop rock, aboriginal, you name it. Eventually, I caught up with the times and moved on to CDs. When I was in high school, I could usually be found after class or during lunch at the Virgin Record store in Union Square looking for new music. 

Itโ€™s hard to believe that the store is now gone -- along with Tower Records, Other Music, and countless others -- and I can still picture every aisle of Virgin perfectly. Most of my time was spent in the rock and electronic sections, and whereas I was pretty deliberate with my rock music choices (there was a lot of Snow Patrol), I was more adventurous with the electro stuff. Usually I went for albums with covers or titles that I liked, or mixes with a couple names that I recognized. Thatโ€™s how I discovered German electronic musician Ulrich Schnauss.

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