We’re excited to announce the launch of an exciting new project “Wanderscapes” with support from PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund.

Ulrich Schnauss is a UK based musician and producer from Kiel, Germany. Known to many as a pioneer of widescreen, euphoric electronica for over 20 years, his influence can often be heard in contemporary music. After juggling a successful remixing career (Coldplay, Depeche Mode and Pet Shop Boys) with a lauded run of albums (including the 2003 classic: ’A Strangely Isolated Place’), he joined Tangerine Dream in 2014, heavily contributing to the 70’s giants most successful album for many years, the last by founder Edgar Froese.

Mark Peters was his bandmate in Engineers from 2010 onwards and the pair collaborated on two instrumental albums that Q described as ‘ambient music that’s both engaging and engrossing’ and The Times called ‘Life affirming vignettes that marry chiming guitar with soaring melodies’. In 2018, Peters’ Innerland was included in Rough Trade top 10 albums and his music can be heard on Mary Ann Hobbs and Lauren Laverne’s BBC6 music shows.

They have played improvisations together in London, Dublin and St Paul’s Church in Birmingham over the last 3 years and have a new album due for release in 2021.



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We invited locally based musicians between 17 and 25, who create experimental electronic music or sound art, to submit tracks that will be considered for involvement in a funded project in 2021.

We asked that participants have an interest in left field music, an understanding of its place in contemporary arts and how abstract art type concepts might be expressed via their work.

While not essential, an interest and some knowledge of our borough on a historical level, alongside long-term family ties to the area would be most beneficial for this project.

This is an exciting opportunity funded by PRS and led by The Old Courts for young, locally based electronic producers to work with, and be mentored by active professional musicians who continue to create and push musical boundaries.

Applications now closed.