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Conrad Schnitzler


Progressive Electronic

4.95 | 2 ratings

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5 stars The "missing link" appears at last. This 2010, 54 minutes/3-sided, 2 LPs album, was composed in 1972 as a "soundtrack", for an unreleased movie that same year. The same year as "Rot" was composed (released in 1973), one of his most favoured works. Why Conrad Schnitzler waited so long for this re-release, and making it almost impossible to aquire, in comparisson to other 'minor" works in his catalogue? That is the question. I do not know why.

Anyway, this work stands masterfully alongside, forget "Rot" or "Zug" even "Blau", this is the "missing link" from those to his excellent "Ballet Statique". Maybe because it was written for a film, his musical language travels through his most common "Dark/Bright" minimal tones, but eventually it turns out closer to the "dynamics" of "Ballet Statique", BUT without the "drum box" effect of it. Rhythm, when used, is supplied by "noise/like" electronic pulses, that being unmelodic, never resemble the "trademark" pulses of TD, of which he was once a member in their first incarnation "Electronic Meditations". (Therefore no "drum/box" or "tinker-bells", rhythmical silly melodic lines or "riffs" ).

That is just for starters, the song writing never loses the sense of being experimental, but everything sounds perfectly structured, composition wise. So, it makes me think, that being composed for 'images", the music was more a focused composition, than a mere electronic music "experiment" (there are no gaps or "silences" between songs) . Because of the same, the project travels through single short -timed songs( 3 to 6 minutes, more or less), in a variety of "different" electronic related styles, that convey to a greater musical effort, due to its "un-minimalistic" approach in the long run. This by turn, offers, in these works, a wide scope of "moods" in comparisson to his most known "minimal' musical structures. Opening the door of his own and others, eventual future works, composition wise.

Innovative, daring, emotional, unique, excellent compositions, compressed in a 3-sided album, that is a "must", for any "Electronic" music audiophile or creator, Prog or not.

Essential Masterpiece of the sub-genre and of "Prog" in general. *****5 PA stars!!

The wait is over.

admireArt | 5/5 |


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