In a further tribute to the work of Conrad Schnitzler, Wolfgang Seidel, co-founder of Ton Steine Scherben and a long-standing friend of Schnitzler will conduct a two-part "Cassette Concert". Seidel is namely one of the few players Schnitzler personally authorized in his lifetime to perform this work. In the intermission, Borngräber & Strüver will play improvisations with a prepared piano, and electronica, and further instruments.
Conrad Schnitzler developed the "Cassette Concert" in the 80s as a dynamic method by which to simultaneously compose and perform electronic music, one that allowed elements of structured, composed, improvised and conceptual music to be fused at will. He thereby resolved also to render performance of his music independent of his own person, claiming that a "Cassette Concert" could in principle be performed by anyone, anywhere, anytime. All that it takes to do so is several playback devices, a mixer, and a number of pre-prepared cassettes (later CDs, both supplied by Schnitzler), containing single tracks of a larger composition. The performer freely combines these single tracks, regulates the volume and equalizer settings and so, in co-authorship with Schnitzler, generates compositions that, although always identically underpinned, unfold unpredictably, as unique pieces. The "Cassette Concert" makes coincidental processes and shared authorship constitutive components of composition and performance. Static recordings are liquefied in an open-ended process with infinite possibilities.
Berlin musicians Borngräber & Strüver describe their minimalist pieces as "21st-century electro motoric kraut", which pretty much sums up their musical frame of reference and general orientation. Borngräber & Strüver lean on the levers of current sound design in order to heave the Berlin School legacy into the present. And not only in terms of their music but also as curators of the m=minimal label, they are very well versed in Berlin’s current range of musical levers. As special guests for their CTM concert they have invited Henning Rice and Florian Schäffer.
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borngräber & strüver - ep - airport by borngraeber & struever