Saturday, March 17 / 8pm
at Harvestworks

GEN-CON 17.3.12

In honor of Conrad Schnitzler's 75th Birthday, Ken Montgomery
will perform 5.5.85, an 8-channel "CON-cert" composed by Conrad

596 Broadway, #602
New York, NY

Conrad Schnitzler made numerous contributions to electronic
music and sound art. He studied sculpture with Joseph Beuys,
before leavingDüsseldorf Kunstakademie (and leaving all of his
sculptures in a grassy field!) to focusing on experiments with
synthesizer and tape. In 1968, Schnitzler established the Zodiak
Free Arts Lab in Kreuzberg, Berlin. He soon began working with
Krautrock pioneers Tangerine Dream and Kluster.

In 1971, he began his solo musical career. His early recordings,
Schwarz, Rot, and Blau were first published by Rene Block
Gallery as multiples with handmade covers. In 1978, he released
the album Con on the Egg Records label, and consequently released
many albums of both synthesizer and tape-loop music. In 1986,
Schnitzler founded the Generations Unlimited label and was
involved in the founding of the seminal Generator Sound Art
Gallery on New York's Lower East Side in 1989.

Once a week he mailed a new 8-channel "Musik in the Dark"
CONcert to New York, for Ken Montgomery to perform. He had a lull
in activity in the 1990s after he moved to Dallgow, a small
village outside of Berlin. Schnitzer "discovered the 88-keys"
and began producing works for keyboard and player piano.
Schnitzler released records on the Plate Lunch Music Label in
the late 1990s, and continued recording until his untimely
death in August 2011.

Ken Montgomery is a New York-based visual artist and
"sound/composer" whose involvement in the cassette-culture and
mail-art movements of the late seventies led to the creation,
in 1989, of the first and arguably still the most important
sound art gallery in New York City: Generator. Located first in
the East Village and later in Chelsea, Generator's wide scope
and novel approach toward audio art made it a vector-point for
some of the most interesting and important artists from around
the world. Ken was also the founder of *A.T.M.O.T.W.* --- Art is
Throwing Money Out The Window --- and *Generator Sound Art Inc*,
and he co-founded the seminal experimental labels Generations
Unlimited and *Pogus Productions*. As a composer in the early
eighties Ken was creating multi-channel sound works often
performed in total darkness. More recently Ken has been focusing
on visual art, collage, bookmaking, and international
correspondence art. As *The Minister of Lamination* (a.k.a.
Egnekn) he is the world's foremost practitioner of sonic
Lamination Art. Montgomery has collaborated with a wide variety
of artists including Schnitzler, Andrea Beeman, David Lee
Myers (Arcane Device), Zoe Beloff, Michael Zodorozny, and
Ishtvan Kantor (a.k.a. Monty Cantsin).

As a sound artist Ken Montgomery finds novel ways to work with
sound. He has created an audio-only CD-ROM (Inner Eye /
Outer Ear), a record label for experimental music (Generations
Unlimited), the first sound art gallery in NYC (Generator),
and a Ministry devoted to conducting one-on-one listening
rituals (The Ministry of Lamination). Since 1985 he has been
performing multi-channel sound concerts in intimate settings,
often in total darkness. Montgomery began creating soundtracks
for non-existent films in 1979 and distributed them on cassettes
through what became known as the International Cassette Network.
In composition and performance Montgomery has employed an ice
crusher, an aquarium, a refrigerator, a hand massager and a
laminator, to name a few.

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