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Conrad Schnitzler


Progressive Electronic

3.95 | 8 ratings

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4 stars Welcome to the roots of dreamy industrial electronic prog.

Prog/electronic pioneer, Conrad Schnitzler, always had the knack of taking the less traveled routes to develop his personal musical language. That alone has led to a quiet vast experimentation within the borderlines of the prog/electronic sub-genre. But at the same time his "productions" rarely by themselves, are over produced or over worked. This up front way of performing and recording has its benefits and drawbacks.

GRUN a 1981 album (remastered in 2006), is inclined to the benefits and less to the wrongs. The first 32 minute long piece "Der Riese Und Seine Frau" is full of pre-noise/industrial, "african-like" drumming, that conjures up for a very ritualistic electronic journey. There is no subtle intention in the use of intense non-stop rhythmical progressions to either set you off or in. On the other hand the synth's flowing melody lines and atmospheres are truly inviting and a relief from the intense hypnotic trance, one eventually is trapped into.

"Bis Die Blaue Blume Blüht" the second composition, lowers the intensity of the drumming, in favour of a more joyful hypnotic trip. Its beauty resides mainly in its apparent melodic simplicity and the myriad of synth "effects" that detail the whole atmosphere of the song.

"Bonus" third track, "Bis Die Blaue Blume Blüht / 45", as its title implies, is a faster version of the preceding composition. Works as "bonus" nothing else beyond that.

Intense, minimalistic, intriguing and daring. Yet, its informal approach saves it from becoming something else but a straight forward step into the electronic-world of this musician's quest.

****4 "daring and unpretentious" PA stars. (Not really for everybody, but essential for those who dig this sub-genre).

admireArt | 4/5 |


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