Conrad Schnitzler



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CONRAD SCHNITZLER produced Con together with his TANGERINE DREAM colleague PETER BAUMANN at the PARAGON STUDIOS in Berlin in 1978.

Schnitzler bought his first synthesizer in the early 1970s - a considerable investment at the time. The introduction of the compact cassette had liberated duplication and distribution from the realm of the record company, but Schnitzler also recognized the creative potential of the medium, beyond its practical functions. He built a "cassette organ" out of 12 cassette recorders and two cases for his musical collages. 

Buoyed by the success of Tangerine Dream, Peter Baumann, Schnitzler's successor in the band, established the Paragon Studio. Schnitzler had left after their first LP in the belief that the creative potential of the group had reached its limit, but their friendship endured. Baumann made use of downtime in the studio to pursue his own musical experiments. And then Conrad Schnitzler appeared at the door with a small Korg synthesizer, a sequencer and his EMS Synthi, having transported the whole lot on his delivery bicycle. Disciplined artisan that he was, he soon had something decent to show for his efforts.

The last record to be completed at Paragon reveals Schnitzler's light-hearted rapprochement with German New Wave (Neue Deutsche Welle). The Paragon Studio era, with sound engineer Will Roper, whose work with Schnitzler gave him the opportunity to demonstrate his skills in tape manipulation, splicing, editing and looping, came to an end when the studio was sold and Peter Baumann moved to the USA.

    Release Date: 03 Aug 20 Cat No: BB350LP