CONRAD SCHNITZLER/JORG THOMASIUS/LARS STROSCHEN-TONART EINS, CD, 1992, GERMANY MP3/Flac
I've previously shared albums by both German electronic music pioneer Conrad Schnitzler and his frequent collaborator from this period, former DDR resident Jorg Thomasius. This 3-way split release pulls in dark ambient composer and associate Lars Stroschen (better known for his work under the moniker Propellor Island), who initiates the proceedings with a blast of frosty isolationist ambience and follows it up with an inversion into maximalist complexity with a writhing mangle of processed rhythms. Schnitzler's contributions here are very much in keeping with the approach of his other releases from this period, with swarms of zinging and pinging sonic hailstones whizzing around thickly churning sonic wedges while chrome-plated rhythms irregularly judder. As for Thomasius, his contributions here are rife with tension, with thickly effected and cavernously churning environments vaguely reminiscent of Mechthild Von Leusch, but which also unexpectedly (and briefly) explode into full art rock territory in the mode of The Blech.
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