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Named after the German poet Friedrich Schiller, the production duo of Schiller originally consisted of Mirko von Schlieffen and Christopher von Deylen. The two layered trance beats and spoken poetry, which resulted in a couple of trance chart-toppers in Europe in the late '90s and early 2000. Aside from the Schiller project, both von Schlieffen and von Deylen have worked on outside projects. Zeitgeist marked the band's debut in 1999 (the album was not released in the United States until 2001). The duo began experiencing creative differences during the making of 2001's Weltreise, and von Schlieffen left the project; von Deylen adopted the Schiller moniker as his own, continuing the project as a solo endeavor. The first post-von Schlieffen Schiller album, Leben, was released in the fall of 2003, and it would be the first in a series of successful recordings for von Deylen. Between 2004 and 2012, Schiller would release five studio albums and three live sets in Europe; in the United States, four albums appeared during the same period. In 2013, Schiller rose to the top of the German charts with the album Opus (which also went Top Ten in Austria and Switzerland), while an American variant of the album was released as Sun.