Sunday, August 7, 2011
Via Brian Turner on WFMU's Beware of the Blog:
Sad news of Conrad Schnitzler's passing from stomach cancer, August 4th. A true maverick of experimental and electronic sound, Schnitzler's work with the likes of Kluster, Tangerine Dream, Gen Ken Montgomery and many others added a rather dramatic fork in the road in the avenues of progressive music starting as far back as the late 1960's. Melodies, rhythms, noise, field sounds, all cloaked with alien atmosphere with a unique vocabulary that was highly emulated, but never replicated. Conrad und Sohn is a particular fave of mine, a 1981 recording he did with his teenage son Gregor that presents a totally Venusian wall of electronics and off-the-wall vox in English, but each of his nearly-100 releases all give glimpses into a truly visionary mind and world. This video clip is not in English, but presents some great images; Schnitzler finished his latest music project a few days before his death, and sent strands of his hair around the world in preparation for his departure, also starting the Global Living site. RIP.