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Early Work

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FRÜHE JAHRE is the first time reissue of C-Schulz’s early work from late 1980s and early ‘90s. Schulz’s first LP, 10. HOSE HORN, was introduced alongside other debut LPs from Jim O'Rourke and Frank Dommert on Dommert's Entenpfuhl label in 1991. Combining the cathartic sounds of industrial, early techno, and innovative pop with inspiration from acousmatic, New Music, and Dada, Schulz’s music is a prime example of the Cologne experimental music scene of the time. Rhythmic delights, outlandish juxtapositions and a sustained, unresolved, aurally-fascinating tension evoke dramatic, film-like meditations. Also included in the collection are the tracks from 7. PARTY DISCO and various other cassette, 7" singles, and compilations, as well as a previously unreleased digital-only bonus track. Liner notes written by Marcus Schmickler, who also co-produced many of the tracks. Remastering by Rashad Becker.


"Heard now in retrospect, the debut LP by C-Schulz entitled 10. Hose Horn, released that same year [as Jim O'Rourke's debut LP] by Entenpfuhl and recently reissued by Unseen Worlds, seems to mark a nexus point betwixt old, weird Cologne and the electronica-as-lifestyle zeitgeist which came to be known as the "Cologne sound" ... motorik, hands-on impressionistic, and highly personal. Amidst fleeting moments of anachronism (a touch of the Bomb Squad here, a glimmer of J. Thirwell's Steroid Maximus there), the whole reveals a road less travelled, and is neither electronica, industrial, ambient, or anything else, but rather an indigenous, urban, and encapsulated amalgam all its own." - Keith Connolly, BOMB Magazine

"What a rare and sprawling opus we have here with the reissue of great Cologne experimentalist C-Shultz's late 80's and early 90's and originally released in 91 on the Entenpfuhl label. There's an odd German pop sensibility at work combined with nods to Industrial, Dada, Musique Concrete and early techno. A truly innovative and delightful record that was way ahead of its time because it exists outside of time." - Joe Surdna, Audiostream

"Some records gain depth on repeated listenings, some lose their luster, and others, like C-Schulz’s 10. Hose Horn, just get more bonkers." - Matt Wuethrich, Dusted

"Plugging a vital gap in our knowledge of this era, at the cusp of the ‘90s when the kosmiche/krautrock spirit had long jumped the shark and the rest of Europe was in thrall to house, rave and hip hop, 10. Hose Horn offers an idiosyncratic perspective of experimental music at that time which, strangely enough, still sounds out of place and time over 25 years’s worth bearing in mind that Schulz had barely turned 20 by the time Frank Dommert released his debut, Jahre Später, which provides one of this set’s highlights in the psychedelic horror collage of Wir beide sind verwandt, and sets the tone for a wildly, widely inventive overview of his variegated work. There’s slow-mo New Beat-type sleaze in Barbapapa, along with hi-NRG disco scrabble in Kurze Flitze and industrial swagger on Meister, but just the tip of a large, oddly shaped iceberg, which reaches right down to the warped drone feedback works of Borkup and some messed-up vocoder psychoacoustics in Tri-Top, plus a few canny twists on space age lounge music in Klang and Reis recalling some kinda NWW cut-ups, and head-curdling drone of Himaal." - Boomkat 1, 2

"The results still sound astonishing and if this was played in a blindfold test it would be nigh-impossible to date." - Mike Barnes, The Wire (Dec. 2017)

Track List


1. Reis (10:19)
2. Meister (9:53)
3. Ein (0:41)
4. Klang (3:23)
5. Glockenspiel (0:22)
6. Tri-Top (1:29)
7. Barbapapa (4:07)
8. 1972 (1:07)
9. KreuzChor (1:33)
10. Star (2:15)
11. Nr.5 (0:42)
12. Kurze Flitze (1:42)
13. Aus (1:05)
14. Wir beide sind verwandt (6:25)
15. Schwellen (9:01)
16. Himaal (6:19)
17. Neuntöter (5:07)
18. Meisterschaft (5:34)
19. Spacer (7:29)

20. Borkup (3:17) (Digital-only track)


Tracks 01 - 13 were originally released on the album 10. Hose Horn, LP, Entenpfuhl, 1991. All tracks composed by C-Schulz. Produced by Marcus Schmickler & C-Schulz at Kaspar-Hauser-Studios, Cologne, 1990.

Track 14 composed by C-Schulz, produced by Christoph Kahse & C-Schulz at home, Cologne, 1987. Originally released on Jahre Später, MC, Entenpfuhl, 1989.

Track 15 composed by C-Schulz, produced by Marcus Schmickler at Kaspar-Hauser-Studios, Cologne, 1991. Originally released on Er ist tief und dein Wasser ist dunkler, LP (V.A.) Quiet Artworks, 1991.

Track 16 composed by C-Schulz, produced by Christoph Kahse & C-Schulz
at Studio Krone, Cologne 1992. Originally released on Die Ohren des Kaisers Hirohito, 2CD (V.A.), Dom, 1992.

Track 17 composed by Marcus Schmickler, Georg Odijk, C-Schulz (Blockwart)
produced by Marcus Schmickler, Georg Odijk, C-Schulz at Kaspar-Hauser-Studios, Cologne, 1991. Originally released on Blockwart, 7", Erfolg, 1991.

Track 18 composed by C-Schulz & Marcus Schmickler, produced by Marcus Schmickler & C-Schulz at Kaspar-Hauser-Studios, London / Cologne 1990 / 1991.
Originally released on 7. Party Disco, 12”, Erfolg, 1991.

Track 19 composed by C-Schulz & Christoph Kahse, produced by Christoph Kahse & C-Schulz at Studio Krone, Cologne, 1991. Originally released on 7. Party Disco, 12”, Erfolg, 1991.

Track 20 composed by C-Schulz in 1996, produced during a film collaboration with Christina von Greve.

About C-Schulz

  • C-Schulz
  • Under the pseudonym C-Schulz, Carsten Schulz has been publishing abstract, experimental electronic music since 1988. Influenced by a wide variety of musical styles: whether industrial, new music, the early techno of Cologne, or innovative pop, the 40-year-old knew a broad spectrum of music. At the beginning of the nineties, he visited underground raves as well as concerts by Arabian oud players. The openness to the unknown finally led him to musique concrète and to the electro-acoustic music which had developed from it. "Musique Concrète was certainly the turning point in my musical perception. I am less influenced by the electronic music of the Cologne school around Stockhausen, but rather by the electro-acousticians of the Paris school, as by Pierre Henry and Luc Ferrari."

    A prominent member of the Cologne school, C-Schulz was a member of POL and collaborated with Marcus Schmickler, Hajsch, and more.