Silent Running is the second track on the fourteenth album by Klaus Schulze, TRANCEFER (1981). The title could be inspired by the science fiction movie "Silent Running" (1972).


Recorded: 1981

Composer(s): Klaus Schulze

Perfomer(s): Klaus Schulze, Wolfgang Tiepold (cello), Michael Shrieve (percussion)

Alternate Title(s): Theme From Silent Running, Watching Theme

Alternative Version(s): Silent Running (Version 45)


While producing the album TRANCEFER, three different versions were tested: the "normal" 33 rpm version, a 45 rpm version (common on early IC-albums for sound and promotional reasons) and a halfspeed-cut". The differences in sound quality were minor, so the normal 33 rpm version got in production. In addition, 300 copies each of the two test LPs were manufactured and given to friends and journalists. For unknown reasons there were slightly different mixes used for those test LPs. One of these alternative versions of Silent Running was chosen as bonus track on the 2006 reissue of TRANCEFER.

On VIRGIN sampler THIS IS SCIENCE FICTION Silent Running was given as Theme From Silent Running, but actually the film is much older than the music.

This track was (partly) used for:

  • the New Zealand thriller "Next of Kin" (1982), as Watching Theme
  • the French science tv magazine "Futur's" (1989)
  • the video "The Grand Canyon", USA/Japan
  • the swiss film "Der Kleistermann"
  • the swiss film ""Rosinen aus Peru"
  • the German tv film "Das Spiel mit dem Klima" (1999)


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