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A Deathly Blow to Krautrock

August 8, 2011

If you are a fan at all of krautrock, you owe a debt of gratitude to Conrad Schnitzler.  Aped by luminaries such as Brian Eno, Can, Kraftwerk, Wilco, Tortoise, Porcupine Tree, Grandaddy, Stars of the Lid, Radiohead, Stereolab.  On August 4th, Conrad Schnitzler passed away from stomach cancer. chitzler studied under Karlheinz Stockhausen and formed Kluster in 1969 with Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius, but left in 1971 to write and perform solo, reviving the Kluster name several times over the years. Around this time he also worked with Tangerine Dream.


He also opened the Zodiac Club where Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk played early shows.


Schitzler recorded over 100 pieces of music in his lifetime and even released his final piece of work “00/830″ just days before his death.  He was prolific in his art and influential to all genres of modern music that use electronics (which just about all do now).


In his prime, electronic music was a curiosity, but now it is commonplace, infecting the production from underground music to pop music. In preparation for his departure, Schnitzler sent strands of his hair to be buried around the world and created the Global Living Project.


Below, some of Schnitzler’s work:

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