Monday, 27 June 2016

Conrad Schnitzler - Consequenz (1980)

Two years on from Con, Conrad Schnitzler was working with shorter, even more structured tracks and bringing on board his collaborator Wolfgang Seidel (aka Wolf Sequenza) to make this great album, which remains one of his most accessible.

Even as an attempt to make an electro pop album of sorts, Consequenz still couldn't be mistaken for anyone else.  Twelve instrumental tracks, averageing about four minutes each, were self-released in a stickered white sleeve, each of them establishing a single idea and playing it out with little variation or superfluous ornamentation.  Synth burbles and squeaks percolate around freely, ensuring that each track never feels quite as static as the clipped, robotic rhythms might suggest.  Fellow fans of pre-Dare Human League should definitely check out Afghanistan, for my money the most effective and evocative high point of this brilliant set of studies in cyborg avant-pop.

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6 comments:

  1. Wolfgang Seidel (aka Wolf Sequenza) is better known as the drummer for agit-rock band Ton Steine Scherben but was also a member of Schnitzler's Eruption collective, one of the best experimental ensembles ever. Their amazing live performances can be heard on several late-2000's releases on the Qbico label (all bear the misnomer "Kluster" though they were actually recordings of Eruption that had nothing to do with Moebius or Roedelius). The best is the 6-lp box set "1969-1972": hours of improvised live material, much of which out-Fausts Faust and features (according to discogs contributors) Krautrock luminaries Hartmut Enke, Klaus Freudigmann, Manuel Göttsching, Michael Günther, Klaus Schulze, Lutz Ulbrich & Dieter Serfas as well as Schnitzler and Seidel. Some of the best late-night listening ever recorded.

    It's impossible to stress Schnitzler's importance in German electronic music. Like Brian Eno, he never considered himself a musician but that didn't hinder his creativity as a maverick outsider. According to David Stubbs' book "Future Days", he also had a relatively mundane aspiration which continued to haunt him until his later years: he always wanted to join HAWKWIND but was never invited!

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    1. thanks John, v. informative comment! I've heard the 69-72 box set as shared by either Electronic Orgy or Wet Dreams, forget which (both in my blogroll, managed by the same blogger). I say 'heard', I've still to get all the way through it! Fantastic stuff, Qbico are legends. Definitely want to pick up Admira and Vulcano at some point.

      And Schnitzler in Hawkwind... that would've been wonderfully insane, like having two Dik Miks!

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    2. If you visit a certain blog whose initials are the same as those of John Fogerty's former band, you can find all the Eruption "Kluster" releases including the box set. Also the "Eruption" album which was a studio LP made by the actual Kluster before they disbanded.. an album which might have been the initial source of confusion re. the 2 bands.

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    3. Yep there is a looooot of music over there! The 'Kluster-proper' that I have is the Water 3CD, found it for a good price and saved me the job of buying the three albums separately. Always wondered how it compares soundwise to the Captain Trips, Bureau Bs and all the rest... any idea?

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  2. All I've heard is the 1996 releases of those albums on Marginal Talent, if you ever get around to posting those I'll let you know.

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    1. Sounds like a plan - I'll work 'em into the schedule at some point. Cheers for the Schnitzler-banter!

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