Conrad Schnitzler's life work and music lives on...



2014

Stay tuned for an upcoming exhibition of Schnitzler's art and music in New York City 2014.

An Essay on Conrad by David Prescott

Generator at AVA


August 4 – September 1, 2013
Opening Reception: August 4, 4-6pm

AVA Summer Hours:
Friday-Sunday, 12-6pm

Generator is the brainchild of New York based artist Gen Ken Montgomery. Known as "New York's first sound art gallery", Generator existed in the East Village and then Chelsea from 1989-1992. Content (cassettes, records, art, lamination, etc) from the original Generator will exist in Audio Visual Arts over the course of the this show. Gen Ken Montgomery will be holding down the shop each Saturday and Sunday through September 1. Content will be available for purchase, performances will take place, sounds will be heard.

> > Performance 1(details to come)
> August 11, 6pm
> > Performance 2 (details to come)
> August 25, 6pm

"I first heard about Generator around late 1989 sometime from our then music director at WFMU radio (I have been a dj there since 1986). Down in the East Village was this little shop where, apparently this guy was putting on shows by some way off-the-grid artists — both visual and/or audio. It was a "sound" gallery — probably the first of its kind in New York. Certainly the first any of us had ever seen or heard of. I was incredulous. I went to check it out, and sure enough, there it was. As soon as I stepped into the tiny storefront, I felt that I was in a place I understood and felt comfortable in. I didn't know Ken at all at that time, but I immediately felt an ease of communication and understanding that told me this was a special place. His idea was to have a "sound" gallery where artists could come and perform or show their work. It would also function as a record shop (I suppose to pay the bills), but he would only sell "underground" cassettes, vinyl, and CDs by artists that had a clear experimental or outsider bent. There wasn't much else (except for the odd lamination!). It must be pointed out that there was no bottomless sonic soup like the internet at that time to go to for a fix of unusual sound explorations. Today it's like a faucet, just turn it on. Today "sound-art" is a hot topic and is featured in many galleries and museums around the world, and much is made of this under-appreciated form that has been around for decades. But in 1989, the internet was still nascent, there weren't even browsers; there were no places that existed at this time that specifically featured sound-art and audio installations and the like. So a place like Generator was a unique experience for anyone looking for something off the beaten track as it were…" -Fabio Roberti

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2013 CONtinuation

CONRAD SCHNITZLER CONcert performed by

WOLFGANG SEIDEL & GEN KEN MONTGOMERY

Wolfgang Seidel (Berlin) and Gen Ken Montgomery (New York) come together to pay tribute to the late, great Berlin composer and life artist, Conrad Schnitzler. Seidel and Montgomery have collaborated with Schnitzler for decades performing his Cassette Concerts in galleries and concert halls both in Europe and the USA.

At Ausland Seidel and Montgomery will create a sonic landscape improvising on vintage electronic gear to prepare the audience for a Cassette Concert by Conrad Schnitzler. A Cassette Concert consists of a group of recorded cassettes or CDs containing single tracks of a larger composition, intended for live performances. When these groups of cassettes or CDs are played simultaneously, the combined sounds constitute the basic, although variable, form of the composition. The number of simultaneously played parts is also variable--from two in its simplest form, to any number physically possible or needed. They are recorded in stereo, so for optimal listening each cassette should have its own amplification system, with the speakers placed at opposite ends of the space.

CONtinuation will be a live mix of original electronic sounds from Conrad Schnitzler's definitive and amazing oeuvre.

>> Ausland, Berlin Info

 

THE MYTHOLOGY OF CONRAD SCHNITZLER

JULY 24 – JULY 30, 2012 in NEW YORK CITY

Conrad Schnitzler LIVE

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Anthology Film Archives
ArtonAir
Harvestworks
Audio Visual Arts (AVA)
WFMU
The Clocktower

60 hours of continuous music composed by Conrad Schnitzler streaming live from this since 6 pm Eastern Standard Time on July 27, 2012

Starting at 6pm on July 27th, AVA will transmit 60 continuous hours of Conrad Schnitzler's musical compositions from 1970 – 2011 (no content will be repeated). The transmission will be presented through speakers on the outside of the gallery, non-stop throughout the entire weekend, ending at 6am on Monday July 29th.

Additionally, a selection of vocal works by Schnitzler will be presented in the Silver Sound Box just west of the AVA on 34 East 1st Street, New York City

CON-MYTHOLOGY : CONceived and organized by Gen Ken Montgomery with assistance and support from:
Wolfgang Seidel, Jin Kawai, Frank Rothkamm, Chris Penalosa, Andrew Lambert, Justin Luke, Carol Parkinson, David Weinstein, William Berger, Fabio Roberti, Bryce, Gillie Schnitzler and all friends and family of CON. And especially to CONrad whose music and life CONtinues to inspire and entertain…

Contact info: Ken Montgomery |