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05/04/21 CONRAD SCHNITZLER AND THE ZODIAK FREE ARTS LAB

05/04/21 CONRAD SCHNITZLER AND THE ZODIAK FREE ARTS LAB

AFFIX SS21 references electronic music pioneer Conrad Schnitzler and the Zodiak Free Arts Lab which existed in Kreuzberg, Berlin for a few months in 1968.

The Wire's obituary to Conrad from 2011 notes his early performances taking the form of art actions, "including a specially constructed motorbike helmet with built in loudspeaker, so that the police could not move him on as he played his music in the city. He sold cassettes of what he was playing from a knapsack on his back, and spoke to people in a robot voice if he was approached."

Schnitzler was one of three founders of the Zodiak Free Arts Lab in 1968, an article about the club written by David Stubbs for Red Bull Music Academy details despite a short existence how "barrages of raw, free improvised, untutored noise would provide one of the strongest inklings of a sound which would revolutionise, if not the world, then certainly the future shape of music worldwide."

Conrad Schnitzler Obituary, The Wire, August 2011

"Free Playing, Free Life": The Zodiak Free Arts Lab and the Rise of the German Avant-Garde, David Stubbs for Red Bull Music Academy, September 2018

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