Thanks to being invited to the Eruption festival at The Golden Püdel Club in Hamburg, Germany celebrating the music of pioneer home taper Conrad Schnitzler I got to take a short excursion to Berlin, the capitol of Germany and the home of Electronic Cottage veteran Lord Litter.
I was traveling with my Generations Unlimited partner Crystal Penalosa and we were excited to return to Lord Litter’s studio for more conversations about music, art and life. As soon as we sat down we began talking about the Eruption festival in Hamburg but we were stopped by Lord Litter who said we should wait and talk about that when he turns on the red light and interviews us. So we ate cookies and drank bubbly water as we talked about other things, but it seemed like whatever we talked about led to an interesting and relevant topic that Lord Litter wanted to “save” for the interview. After this happened several times we laughed and decided to talk about the weather. This conversation inevitably brought up a discussions on how erratic the weather has been and that took us to climate change, difference between the US and EU, Trump in Europe, the disintegration of democracy, differences between Berlin and New York, the eighties and now etc.
We abruptly stopped all this chatter and sat together in front of microphones connected to a Lord Litter’s retro-looking desktop computer running Sonic Foundry which miraculously still does everything that is needed to make a radio show now as it did in the nineties. Then we continued our conversation with microphones on.
I’m still unpacking my bags from this trip but I hear Lord Litter has already nearly finished a radio program from our conversation. Lord Litter is a radio manufacturing machine! Always a pleasure to be in the same room with him and also a pleasure to know his active ears have been there on the other side of our mailboxes receiving and sending sounds and songs since the eighties. You can always expect another great radio show from Lord Litter because his passion and commitment to DIY sound and music is as solid as ever. Viva La Difference!
4th / 5th July 2018 - Golden Pudel Club
A two-day happening freely based on Conrad Schnitzler.
The self-proclaimed "Intermedialist" and pioneer of electronic avant-garde music worked on a marathon performance practice in the early years of his artistic career: in his short-lived but legendary Zodiac Free Arts Lab in Berlin in the late Sixties, he led his audience into a whirlwind of sensory experiences: Concerts, installations, videos, and performances interacted with each other and turned into events that still conjure a sparkle in the eyes of their visitors today.
For two days, the Golden Pudel Club will open its doors already in the afternoon and continues to transform into the night. At times it will be a sound and video gallery, a concert space, a tape pop-up store, of course a club, and maybe even a hair salon.
more information and 2-day tickets here
I will also be in Berlin - will meet with my friend Lord Litter and revisit the meeting that founded Generations Unlimited with myself, Conrad Schnitzler and David Prescott 1987 ( or was it 86?) can’t remember!
Gen Ken Montgomery