Boomkat Product Review:
The hounds of Hamburg’s Golden Püdel give it up for the legendary Conrad Schnitzler with a great compilation starring club regulars and pals: Felix Kubin, Phuong Dan, Lena Willikens & Sarah Szczesny, Wolfgang Seidel & Ken Montgomery & Crystal Penalosa, Asmus Tietchens, RVDS ++
Mostly recorded over the course of a 2-day festival at the Püdel in 2018, and compiled by Nika Son, ‘Eruption’ speaks to the endless, unbounded creative energy and focus of Berlin Skool pioneer and Zodiac Free Arts Lab co-founder Conrad Schnitzler, whose reams and reels of synth recordings paved the way for thousands of DIY, non-institution-affiliated explorers of the electronic realm to come.
Perhaps of most note is the 7” featuring Schnitzler’s exclusive, unreleased Gencon Productions collaboration with Ken Montgomery ’27.8.1987’, which falls squarely into a category of spiked, militant steppers also found on his ‘Conditions of the Gas Giant’ (1988) LP, and comes here backed with Asmus Tietchens’ story about his father and Schnitzler, who unwittingly crossed the Atlantic together on the steamboat Bornhofen in the late 1950s; one as an engineer, the other as a heater (all regaled in German).
On the LP Schnitzler’s influence is clear to hear between the black hole sonics of Felix Kubin’s light-to-sound synthesis experiments, Tintin Patrone’s scathing drones, a killer electro-dub from Phuong Dan set to a rant by Schnitzler, and RVDS’ hypnagogic sound poem ‘Conrad tanzt im Regen’, plus a passage of eerie theatricality from Willikens & Szczesny. Trust it’s the kind of record that could only from the Püdel, a trü Püdel Produkte.