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In Rotation: Prog-rock guru Charles Snider on Conrad Schnitzler and District 97 

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Charles Snider, Author of The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock

Conrad Schnitzler,Gelb Conrad Schnitzler passed away August 4. Although an early member of Tangerine Dream and a cofounder of Kluster, Schnitzler was really an artist, using sound as his canvas. I browsed through my collection for a suitable tribute; housed in an unmarked cardboard jacket is this 1981 LP, playable at either 45 or 33 rpm. Musically, I'm sure it parallels Schnitzler's journey into the vast cosmos of the hereafter.

click to enlarge District 97, Hybrid Child
  • District 97, Hybrid Child

Le Orme, Felona e Sorona If you haven't taken the plunge into Italian prog, this recent reissue is the place to start. The story concerns two planets and their eventual destruction. Suitably, the album is dark and brooding; synthesizer and Mellotron blast away over a pummeling rhythm.

District 97, Hybrid Child Speaking of prog rock, did you know that Chicago is home to the genre's brightest prospect? District 97 just wrapped up their second mini tour of the summer and are now at I.V. Lab recording the follow-up to last year's Hybrid Child. It's full-on prog, with enough metal to cast their own vault.

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