By Josiah HughesPioneering German electronic musician Conrad Schnitzler has died at the age of 74. The influential figure, who was instrumental in the creation of the experimental electronic genre, passed away on August 4 due to stomach cancer.
In his early career, the Düsseldorf-born Schnitzler was briefly a member of Kraut legends Tangerine Dream. He also co-founded Kluster, but left the band by the time they changed their name to Cluster. Aside from those brief stints, he created over 90 solo works, the most recent (00/830) completed days before his death.
Knowing he was going to pass away, Schnitzler sent strands of his hair to be buried at various sites across the world as part of the Global Living Project. He explained the idea with the following statement:
Since some time, I globalize me. Why just living in one country, why just sleeping in one country, why just being buried only in one country, now that we think and live globally.
I would like to be at beautiful places in the world, without to move me from my place here. I send my DNA (my hair) to different places in the world. This means I'm all over the world. I'm everywhere, even when I'll be dead. Nobody must come to my grave in Berlin. My friends can visit me in the whole world now.
So if friends want to give me a place...., welcome. I'll send a DNA sample to bury me. I am in the whole world at home now. I love this feeling.