CONRAD SCHNITZLER

Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011), composer and concept artist, is one of the most important representatives of Germany's electronic music avant-garde. A student of Joseph Beuys, he founded Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club, in 1967/68, was a member of Tangerine Dream (together with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese) and Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and also released countless solo albums.

There was a particular type of artist who could only have emerged in the legendary early 1970s. Few musicians fit the bill better than Konrad Schnitzler (later Conrad). Revolution, pop art and Fluxus created a climate which engendered unbridled artistic and social development. Radical utopias, excessive experimentation with drugs, ruthless (in a positive way) transgression of aesthetic frontiers were characteristic of the period. The magic words were "subculture", "progressivity" and "avant-gardism". West Berlin, with its unique political status, was a crucible of turbulence. Founded in 1968, the Zodiak Free Arts Lab was the ultimate point of convergence for subculture in West Berlin, with Konrad Schnitzler the driving force behind it. It was also here that Tangerine Dream and Kluster first met up to perform in public.


FILMMUSIK 2

In the year 1975 Conrad Schnitzler recorded various pieces of music to accompany films which had yet to be made. Fittingly, he labelled this collection of songs "Filmmusik". The music is extraordinarily accessible for Schnitzler: hypnotic bass lines, stoic drum rhythms, dark drones, crystalline shards of melody. "Filmmusik 2" features five tracks from the 1975 recordings plus one 23 minute track called "Lichtpunkte und schwarze Zeichen", recorded in 1978 for Schnitzler's film project of the same name.

OUT FEBRUARY 10, 2017

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CON-STRUCT
CONRAD SCHNITZLER / PYROLATOR



The German pioneer of electronic music Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011) amassed a vast archive of sounds for use in combination with each other in live performances. In 2011 the idea came up of con-structing new compositions, not remixes, from this material. The Con-Struct series was born. Our release features con-structions by Pyrolator, co-founder of the legendary German label Ata Tak, solo artist and member of various seminal post-punk bands such as D.A.F. and Der Plan. "My prime objective was to present a side of Conrad which I had always heard in his music but one which often goes unnoticed: a darker, technoid side. Conrad has always been one of the great pioneers of classic Berlin techno music", says Pyrolator. Convince yourself!

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KOLLEKTION 5
compiled by THOMAS FEHLMANN



About the curator of this Kollektion: Thomas Fehlmann rose to prominence in the seminal band Palais Schaumburgwith Holger Hiller. Their debut album in 1981 was a milestone inGerman post-punk music. In 1988 Fehlmann founded the Teutonic Beats label and in 1990 he became a member of The Orb. He has played an important role in Berlin's electronic and club scenes ever since, as a musician, producer, remixer and DJ.

Thomas Fehlmann on this Kollektion:

So the question is, are we talking about a "mix" or what is the most accurate way to define this kind of compilation? If "mix" overreaches slightly, the fact remains that I have strung together various pieces from Conrad Schnitzler’s white period - the CON series - in a seamless arrangement which creates its own state of dramatic tension. The tracks retain their original form and tempo. This is not a study in montage. I have restricted myself to picking the right moment to move from one piece to the next, cross-fading. Okay, I did edit one track. Mixing implies a deeper incursion into the source material, dismantling and reconstructing it in new combinations. I would have found that too crude a method when each individual piece carries its own unequivocal message. The sound is the sound of Conrad Schnitzler.

I was looking for a form which would condense Conrad Schnitzle’s versatility, his inventiveness and wit into a single journey. The new running order adds a certain friction to the aura of each as new connections are made. My choices were musical, not chronological, bathing these works from the early 1980s in new sensuous light. It is quite remarkable to see how intensely the sparks still fly. Preparing this collection closes an elementary circle in my life, without which I may have followed a completely different path.

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BUREAU B REISSUES
SOLO

(Rot)
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(Blau)
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Con 3
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Consequenz
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Conrad & Sohn
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Contempora
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(Gold)
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(Silber)
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Congratulacion
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(Gelb)
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(Grün)
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WITH KLUSTER

Klopfzeichen
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Zwei Osterei
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Schwarz (Eruption)
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Filmmusik 2



Filmmusik 1



Kollektion 5. Conrad Schnitzler compiled by Thomas Fehlmann



Conrad Schnitzler & Pyrolator
Con-Struct



(Gelb)



(Grün)



Silber/Silver



Gold



(Rot)



(Blau)



Con 3



Consequenz



Conrad & Sohn



Contempora



Klopfzeichen



Zwei Osterei



Schwarz (Eruption)



Congratulacion



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