Schneidersladen Skalitzer Straße 135A
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Synthesizer Wonderland
Schneidersladen is a synthesizer and drum machine wonderland. If you're trying to find Schneider's, realize it's slightly hidden. We walked past it three or four times before discovering its behind a gate in a non-description building (Kaiser's), through that gate, and down the graffiti covered corridor. In a time where so much music is composed on a computer, Schneider's focus is on tactile and eccentric electronic instruments, adorned with patch cables, knobs, buttons, and switches. You are welcomed to play with all of the instruments, plug things in, fiddle around and create an unholy racket. While I lost myself in the noise, a friendly employee offered to entertain my bored travel companions by teaching them how to play melodies on a keyboard. Curious sonic adventures should check out a future length documentary created about Schneidersladen called Totally Wired, an excellent film about the importance of the shop not only in Berlin but around the world.
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