The opening day, and each day, of the first Roulette Mixology Festival, curated by Gen Ken Montgomery of the Generator Sound Art Gallery, featured a piece from the automated (MIDI) presentation “The 88 Game” for piano samples provided by Conrad Schnitzler (of Tangerine Dream and Kluster fame, for starters). On this day the piece was entitled 0026a. This was followed by the first ever Mixology performance, by Nicolas Collins (see separate entry).
Pictured: Generations Unlimited – David Prescott, Conrad Schnitzler, Gen Ken Montgomery
Conrad Schnitzler (1937–2011), composer and concept artist, is one of the most important representatives of Germany’s electronic music avant-garde. A student of Joseph Beuys, he founded Berlin’s legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club, in 1967/68, was a member of Tangerine Dream (together with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese) and Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and also released countless solo albums. —Bio as of 2019
Gen Ken Montgomery is a sound artist/composer/mail art/collagist involved in “events which bring people together to focus on the experience of listening. I’ve become increasingly appreciative of enduring impressions arising out of transitory moments — using sound as a form of transportation.” He is also the co-founder (with Scott Konzelmann aka Chop Shop) of Generator Sound Art, an experimental arts and culture organization based in New York City. —Bio as of 2019