A non-fiction film examining the pioneering life and works of artist, musician, and educator, Tony Conrad. One the great American artists of our time, yet to the world at large Conrad remains criminally under appreciated.
We’re joining with events across the country to honor the multi-disciplinarian genius of Tony Conrad, who died last year. Ridiculously charismatic and talented, Conrad takes center stage in this new documentary, where the scope of his influence and power of his personality is a delight to behold.
Introduction to minimalist music and contemporary art, backward and forward.
Conrad gives us a recipe on how to exploit present state at length, and oppose pre-set orchestration - commonly taken for granted.
Caught this at the Buffalo International Film Festival in 2016. I am also lucky enough to have known Tony personally and took a few of his classes in the late 90s when he was teaching at the University of New York at Buffalo (UB). Amazing guy and this film does a great job of detailing his life. He is missed.
He's a fucking genius. He did the sound for Jack Smith's FLAMING CREATURES (1963). He worked with Lou Reed and John Cale and clearly was an influence on The Velvet Underground. He took film to another level by frying, roasting, sauteeing and pickling it. A goddamn visionary for sure.
In the art world, the attitude of the late Tony Conrad is/was refreshing. Such a committed, wholly sincere career of disavowing the status quo: "I wanted to end composition." What a mind. His influence on music, and experimental filmmaking, is vast. Delightful cameo from uber eccentric artist Charlemagne Palestine recalls his bell ringer job in a NY church, and Conrad's request for him to play a piece.
Feel a bit conned by Mubi's explanation of this movie. Tony Conrad is quite an interesting experimental musician/artist/filmmaker, if you're in to that sort of thing, but he's not "ridiculously charismatic", nor did I find the "power of his personality" a delight to behold.
And btw, the last scene doesn't show Conrad's genius, it shows that he's seen John Smith's 1976 short film "The Girl Chewing Gum".
Tony Conrad is such an inspiring man and ground-breaking artist! Everyone should see this film. It's full of precious music & literature references. Imperative for all those who don't know him yet. I swear - you're going to unreservedly love the guy.
More than just noise. This documentary shows the dedicated life of Tony Conrad. During this film, his music played practically the entire time either in the background or front and center. Get a glimpse of just how busy his life was as not only as a musician or composer, but also a professor. This man of many talents had a mission to change how the world viewed music. His personality was well worth documenting.