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Gen Ken Montgomery & Conrad Schnitzler - GENCON DUETS
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GENCON DUETS
Gen Ken Montgomery & Conrad Schnitzler


GENCON DUETS is dedicated to a friendship etched in stone – errr – letter-pressed in paper. It is also an unusual musical collaboration between Gen Ken Montgomery and Conrad Schnitzler. A follow-up to their 1988 album CONGEN New Dramatic Electronic Music (Generations Unlimited), this is a different kind of electronic music. These recordings were made in 1996 with CON’s contemplative 12 finger piano compositions and GEN’s everyday recordings. Besides a long pleasurable listen these recordings represent an examination of music, how we listen to it and what we hear, intended or not. The music of GENCON DUETS is not a perfected formula or mathematical equation. It is the resonance of a moment, a series of moments that play out in time and space beyond the control of the artists and ultimately our control as listeners.
—Geoff Dugan


The audio CD is comprised of 7 untitled tracks: 58 minutes of music. The package includes 12 image cards, video stills of the artists from “Trans Berlin-Brooklyn Exchange” created by Guido Englich (1985) using a Mac Plus from the video “On Their Way” by Gregor Schnitzler (1985). The cake-box like container and image cards were designed by GEN, Ben Owen and GD. The entire package was letter-pressed at Middlepress, Brooklyn, New York in a limited edition of 300.

More about Gen Ken Montgomery here.

More About Conrad Schnitzler here.

Review: The Sound Projector, April 15, 2010
“radical music-making made simply by combining the basic one-finger spontaneous piano compositions of Schnitzler (a man who doesn’t “really” play the piano at all and in fact has made numerous records trying to deconstruct and undermine this most academic of orchestral instruments with almost as much clinical passion as the insane Walter Marchetti) with the every-day and uneventful field recordings of Gen Ken, who delights in the poetry of small objects and overlooked bric-a-brac. I realise this is a record that will try the patience of many, but those of you with a taste for absurd drama of the Beckett and Ionesco variety will find yourselves whistling all the merry tunes from these duets in no time.”—Ed Pinset

Review: Vital Weekly, No. 724 Week 13, 2010
“No electronics, but Schnitzler’s piano, which isn’t as complex here, but stretched out, sparse on notes most of the times, with all sorts of construction workers sounds mingling together. It works really well indeed. A strange collage of sound, that somehow works very well. If I may suggest something: don’t put this on headphones/ipod or such like, but play this on your CD player, open your window and make your new, Cage like version, merging it with sounds from your own environment. Excellent work for both of them.”—Frans de Waard

Cat.# :: Composer(s)
21088
:: Yiorgis Sakellariou
21086
:: Kasper T. Toeplitz
21085
:: Tom Hamilton
21084
:: David First
21083
:: Tomomi Adachi / Jaap Blonk / Owen F. Smith / Duane Ingalls
21082
:: Marta Sainz &
If, Bwana
21081 :: Aliona Yurtsevich
21080
:: If, Bwana
21079
:: Ulrich Krieger
21078
:: Triple Point
21077
:: Robin Hayward
21076
:: Ron Nagorcka
21075
:: Secluded Bronte
21074
:: David Rosenboom
21073
:: Peter Batchelor
21072 :: Alvin Lucier
21071 :: Lou Cohen
21070 :: Brian Chase
21069 :: Jerry Hunt
21068 :: If, Bwana
21067 :: Jorge Antunes
21066 :: Enzo Minarelli
21065 :: Tensions At The Vanguard
21064 :: Frances White
21063 :: Noah Creshevsky
21062 :: If,Bwana/Trio Scordatura
21061 :: Nate Wooley
21060 :: Leo Kupper
21059 :: Pauline Oliveros/ Francisco López/Doug Van Nort/Jonas Braasch
21058 :: Philip Corner
21057 :: Alvin Lucier
21056 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21055 :: Birds + Machines
21054 :: Kiva
21053 :: César Bolaños
21052 :: Lionel Marchetti & Olivier Capparos
21051 :: Tom Hamilton/
Bruce Eisenbeil
21050 :: Source Records 1-6
21049 :: Noah Creshevsky/ If,Bwana
21048 :: Simon Wickham-Smith
21047 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21046 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21045 :: Annea Lockwood
21044 :: Felix Werder
21043 :: Dimitri Voudouris
21042 :: Nick Didkovsky
21041 :: Montreal Sound Matter
21040 :: Anla Courtis
21039 :: Crawling with Tarts
21038 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21037 :: Hans Otte
21036 :: DIY Canons
21035 :: Band/Myers
21034 :: Chris Brown
21033 :: Tom Johnson
21032 :: Roger Reynolds
21031 :: Trios - Collaboration
21030 :: Beth Anderson
21029 :: Hamilton, Silverton, Margolis
21028 :: Warren Burt
21027 :: Jorge Antunes
21026 :: David Dunn
21025 :: Roger Reynolds
21024 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21023 :: Pauline Oliveros
21022 :: David Rosenboom
21021 :: Ross Bolleter
21020 :: Kenneth Gaburo
21019 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21018 :: Leo Kupper
21017 :: Robert Rutman
21016 :: Matthew Ostrowski
21015 :: various
21014 :: Rune Linblad
21013 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21012 :: Pauline Oliveros
21011 :: Rune Linblad
21010 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21009 :: Leo Kupper
21008 :: various
21007 :: If, Bwana (Al Margolis)
21006 :: Trigger
21005 :: Big City Orchestra
IB :: If,Bwana
FPM :: Frog Peak Music
CUE :: C.U.E. Records
SOP :: Sound of Pig Cassettes
ANTS :: Ants (Italian Label)
ANIMUL :: Ned Rothenberg
HOMLER :: Anna Homler
OAKSMUS :: oaksmus (German Label)
GD STEREO :: Geoff Dugan
ANOMALOUS :: Anomalous Records
NONSEQUITUR :: Nonsequitur
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