Genre: Electro. Re-issue from 1980. LP in heavy 180g Vinyl quality!
„Synthesist” is the first solo album by ASHRA drummer Harald Grosskopf. It is one of the classics of German electronic music, comprising eight instrumentals composed in the tradition of the so-called Berlin School (Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream). First active in quite conventional rock bands, he then became a member of famous German Krautrock-act Wallenstein (Ohr/Pilz label). Grosskopf: “I was completely in thrall to electronic music and the total freedom that it offered. This was the music I wanted to create. I knew it would be a success, the energy levels were so high.” Grosskopf consequently left Wallenstein and was soon contacted by Manuel Göttsching, on his way back to Berlin from a tour of France. They knew each other from Berlin’s electronic scene and recor-ding sessions for the likes of ASH RA TEMPEL. Göttsching invited Grosskopf to sign up for his new project Ashra and the rest is history: Ashra (Grosskopf, Göttsching, Lutz Ulbrich alias Lüül) released a series of successful albums in the years that followed. It was not until the summer of 1979, however, that he finally felt ready to release a solo album. “Synthesist” comprises eight instrumentals, recorded largely by Grosskopf on his own. His melodies, carried along by synthesizers and drums, were reminiscent of works by Berlin electronic friends such as Klaus Schulze and Tangerine Dream, as well as those “cosmic” sessions of the early 1970s—yet each melody retains a unique timbre. “Synthesist” is regarded as a classic by electronic music enthu-siasts all over the world, evoking a thrilling musical era of the past with equal capacity to excite today!