German electronic music legend Conrad Schnitzler passed away on August 4 at age 74. His death was due to stomach cancer.
Schnitzler was one of the pioneers in the experimental electronic music scene. Over the course of his career, he was a member of the groups Tangerine Dreams and Kluster (before they became Cluster), as well as created over 90 solo works.
In preparation for his passing, Schnitzler sent strands of his hair to various parts of the world to be buried. In explanation, he released 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.
MXDWN extends its deepest sympathies to Conrad Schnitzler’s friends, family, and fans.