Saturday, 6 August 2011

Conrad Schnitzler gone

Conrad Schnitzler passed away from stomach cancer in the evening 4-Aug, 2011.

His final work "00/830" was made 4 days before he leaves this world.
Con will stay with us through his music.

Many consider Conrad Schnitzler to be the Grandfather of European Electronic Music. In the late Sixties/early Seventies, it was Schnitzler who convinced Tangerine Dream and Kluster (who would later become "Cluster") to "go electronic", embracing the then-unexplored realm of synthesized sound. Having set those individuals on a new sonic course, Schnitzler went off to pursue a solo career that has lasted over three decades.

During the 1980's, Schnitzler (who has a personal aversion to travel) devised a means for his music to tour without the presence of the musician. Breaking his compositions into individual tracks, he recorded these pieces on separate media (at the time, choosing cassette tapes). When these separate tapes were played in tandem, his music reformed in a manner that would be different each time, depending on start times and the manipulation of the individual components. Through this deconstructive procedure, Schnitzler introduced a freshness to pre-programmed electronic performances.

After innumerable releases (many of which are considered classics of the electronic genre), Schnitzler abandoned conventional and independent record labels during the 1990's, and began to produce limited edition CDRs of his music.

Wolfgang Seidel will take over the contact for order of Con's private works, etc.

Website: CON-tribute
Official: Conrad Schnitzler
Other: The Legendary Electronics of Conrad Schnitzler.
Interview by Carlos M. Pozo
Video Documentary: youtube (German)
Bjørn Hatterud visits Conrad Schnitzler