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Conrad Schnitzler


Progressive Electronic

3.95 | 8 ratings

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4 stars Dirty drum boxes, imaginative synth riffs and noises, plus a subtle pre- "punk" attitude, add up for great electronics!

Another Conrad Schnitzler work, with a low-profile "artwork" cover. Probably as ground breaking as his "Ballet Statique" (1978), which is also a personal favorite. "Gelb" meaning yellow, as the flat yellow color of your edition, depending on its date of re/issue. Schnitzler's albums usually go through a lot of re-editions, this one was originally released as "The Black Cassette", way back in 1974 & re-issued in 1981, as the "Gelb" album, I am reviewing.

The best of this project is its diversity of directions, without the endless experimental repetitions, (which he, more than once can be accused of releasing). Each piece has a unique identity, purpose and goal. Each song sounds like the result of experimentation, not the process of it. As usual, his electronics are "raw to the bone", yet his notion of musical composition and personal daring sense of performance, outweights again the limitations of the recording techniques and the "low-tech" electronic gadgets, available at the time. In fact its "roughness", sets it quiet close to today's electronic noise experimentations, without the emphasis on noise solely, of course.

Creative pieces of early prog-electronics, which are as simple sounding, as daring as timeless. The "world" each song suggests, is still something to rave on, even though its technical limitations, his songwriting skills make up for a very good electronic album.

****4 PA stars

admireArt | 4/5 |


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