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Conrad Schnitzler


Progressive Electronic

4.08 | 31 ratings

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3 stars There's been quite a dramatic change in Schnitzler's sound by the time this came around. It's all a bit more 'accessible' than previous releases. In fact this sounds very similar in parts to the opening track of 'Throbbing Gristle's' - 20 Jazz Funk Greats which was released one year later.

Electronics abound, as your ears are subjected to stereophonic outbursts of arpeggiated squiggles and all sorts of synthetic misdemeanors.

It's all a bit like looking through one of those mid-70's cardboard kaleidoscope tubes that made you dizzy which you were chuffed to bits on getting your hands on in Primary School. Beatless, bassless, guitarless electronic experimentation is what you'll find here.

Personally I prefer his earlier output, which is more abrasive, dark and unfriendly. 'Ballet Statique is entirely electronic and sounds very cold, alien and non-human. At no point more so than on the freakishly haunted house sound of 'Nuri' where some creepy female vocals are introduced which sounds like some spooky invocation of the beast Gods.

Overall, this is a fairly well constructed electronic album with faint semblances of tune and is probably the best place to start for anyone wondering wondering who the hell this guy was with his multitude of obscure releases all beginning with the pre-fix 'CON'.

Dobermensch | 3/5 |


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