Conrad Schnitzler & Pole :: Con-Struct (Bureau B)

This collaboration offers an interesting catalog of cold, hypnotic, cerebral, techno-ish and beat laden electronic pieces. If you are into conceptual and minimal ambient sophistication (Cluster, Asmus Tietchens, Monoton…) no doubt this release will seduce you. An important document which brings back to light the musical heritage of Conrad Schnitzler.

I used to be an avid listener of Conrad Schnitzler’s minimal electronic weirdness, from his first experimentations with the free form avant-garde ensemble Kluster to his most futuristic ambient pop. I even had the chance to exchange with him some tape/CD reissues around 10 years ago. He was an obvious pioneering artist in the development of the so called Berlin School of Electronic Music and his music remains challenging and deeply inspiring for generations of young musicians and sound designers. Pole (Stefan Betke) is another Berlin-based project devoted to post-modern and kinetic electro soundscapes, known for a wide catalog of beautiful recordings which sometimes navigates through glitch/dub territories.

As the stylistic orientation of this album is somewhere between avant gardism and sculpted minimalist electronica the collaboration between those two artist sounds natural and pretty efficient to me. This album appears to be the fifth installment in the Con-Struct series and takes advantage of supposedly unreleased live materials from Conrad Schnitzler, now restored, arranged and enriched by the presence of new musical ingredients and original dynamics.

This collaboration offers an interesting catalog of cold, hypnotic, cerebral, techno-ish and beat laden electronic pieces. If you are into conceptual and minimal ambient sophistication (Cluster, Asmus Tietchens, Monoton…) no doubt this release will seduce you. An important document which brings back to light the musical heritage of Conrad Schnitzler.

Con-Struct is available on Bureau B.

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