Tony Conrad

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Mon, 06/06/2016 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm
Tony Conrad

       Tonight on A Different Nature, we present the music of Tony Conrad, who passed away in April of this year. Tony Conrad was a composer, sound artist, teacher,  avant-garde film maker, and sound artist. He got his start in music in New York in the 1960s, as a member of the Theater of Eternal Music, also known as the Dream Syndacate, along with La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, John Cale, and Angus MacLise. This group used just intonation and sustained drones to produce an early form of what eventually became known as "drone music."  He also played in an early rock band with Cale and Lou Reed called the Primitives, before Reed and Cale went on to start the Velvet Underground. 

Conrad later colaborated with the German group Faust, Genisis P-Orridge, Charlemagne Palestine, Keijo Haino, Jim O'Rourke, David Grubs, C Spencer Yeh, Tovah Olson and many others, and he's released solo works of amplified violin with special scales and tunings.  He is one of the pioneers of minimalist and drone music, and tonight we'll hear a variety of peices from his oeuvre.     

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Episode Playlist

  • Time
    8:01
    Artist
    Cale/Conrad/MacLise/Young/Zazeela
    Song
    Inside the Dream Syndicate Vol 1:Day of Niagara (excerpt)
    Album
    Inside the Dream Syndicate Vol 1:Day of Niagara (1965)
    Label
    Table Of The Elements
  • Time
    8:05
    Artist
    Tony Conrad & Faust
    Song
    The Side of Man and Womankind
    Album
    Outside the Dream Syndicate
    Label
    Superior Viaduct
  • Time
    8:33
    Artist
    Tony Conrad & Alexandria Gelencser
    Song
    Live in Austin TX, 1999
    Album
    Lactamose 01
    Label
    Beta-lactam Ring Records
  • Time
    8:47
    Artist
    Tony Conrad/Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
    Song
    Demilitarized Ozone
    Album
    Taking Issue
    Label
    Dais
  • Time
    8:57
    Artist
    Tony Conrad & Faust
    Song
    The Death of the Composer Was in 1962
    Album
    Outside the Dream Syndicate 30th Anniversary Edition
    Label
    Table Of The Elements
  • Time
    9:00
    Artist
    Tony Conrad
    Song
    Early Minimalism: April 1965 (excerpt)
    Album
    Early Minimalism
    Label
    Table Of The Elements
  • Time
    9:21
    Artist
    Tony Conrad
    Song
    Four Violins
    Album
    Early Minimalism
    Label
    Table Of The Elements
  • Time
    9:53
    Artist
    Hangedup & Tony Conrad
    Song
    Transit of Venus
    Album
    Transit of Venus
    Label
    Constellation

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