Gold confirms that Conrad Schnitzler's recent reappraisal isn’t just a case of bloggers fetishising the obscure
Listening to krautrock is not the method of studying the West German economy of the 1970s we’d recommend. While the nation as a whole experienced financial turbulence, its brightest, most self-indulgent synthesizer strokers obliviously made hypnotic hay on incredibly expensive gear. Conrad Schnitzler, who died in 2011 aged 74, played in early versions of Tangerine Dream and Cluster, before both gained recognition via Branson and Bowie respectively. His drama-soaked keyboard compositions, often released on cassette, only reached tiny audiences, but ‘Gold’ – 14 untitled late-‘70s tracks – confirm that his recent reappraisal isn’t just a case of bloggers fetishising the obscure. Sometimes blissful and pulsing, sometimes a proto-techno clatter, Schnitzler’s vision was remarkably ahead of its time.