Saturday, March 17 / 8pm at Harvestworks
596 Broadway, #602
New York, NY
In honor of Conrad Schnitzler’s 75th Birthday, Ken Montgomery will perform 5.5.85, an 8-channel “CON-cert” composed by Conrad Schnitzler.
Conrad Schnitzler made numerous contributions to electronic music and sound art. He studied sculpture with Joseph Beuys before leaving Düsseldorf 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. Schnitzler “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.