The Black & White of Conrad Schnitzler
Gen Ken Montgomery tells David Weinstein the story of art and life that was sound pioneer Conrad Schnitzler. A longtime friend and collaborator of the Berlin-based visionary, Montgomery walks us through the early days (with Joseph Beuys), his psychedelic and Krautrock period (founding member Tangerine Dream, Kluster), stubborn individualism and outsider lifestyle, creative use of technology, and the imaginative, influential, foretelling of the emergence of sound as a key component in art.
The program is loaded with musical examples including tracks from Tangerine Dream and Kluster, Rot from 1974, The 88 Game recorded in New York at Roulette in 1984, the CONcert LP of 1985, Conal from 2001, Endtime (his last recording) and a revealing message left on Gen Ken Montgomery's voicemail.
This program was produced in parallel with an evening of videos featuring Conrad Schnitzler, some never seen before, shown at the Clocktower as part of the 2012 mini-festival of events honoring the musical and artistic pioneer who died in 2011. You can read more about this screeening and other events organized around the celebration HERE.
Originally aired 7/11/12
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