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Tony Conrad (born Anthony S. Conrad in 1940) is an American avant-garde video artist, experimental filmmaker, musician/composer, sound artist, teacher and writer. His father was Arthur Conrad, who worked with Everett Warner during World War II in designing dazzle camouflage for the US Navy. Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Experimental filmmakers are individual artists who use or used film as a visual art form rather than a storytelling or as a form of commercial media. ... Everett Warner (July 16, 1877 – October 20, 1963) was an American Impressionist painter and printmaker, who, perhaps more importantly, was also a leading contributor to US Navy camouflage during both World Wars. ... Categories: Naval stubs ...


The Flicker (1966) is considered a key early work of the structural film movement. It consists of only completely black and completely white images, thus producing the title's flicker when projected. When the film was shown some viewers in the audience became physically ill (flickers can produce epileptic attacks in a tiny percentage of people). Conrad began working in video and performance in the 1970s while teaching at Antioch College in Ohio and the Center for Media Studies, University at Buffalo. 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Structural film was an American experimental film movement. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Antioch College is a private, independent liberal arts college in Yellow Springs, Ohio. ... Media studies is an area of scholarly inquiry approached from both humanities and social science perspectives that considers the nature and effects of mass media upon individuals and society, as well as analysing actual media content and representations. ... University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (also known as the State University of New York at Buffalo or SUNY-Buffalo and abbreviated as UB) is located in Buffalo and Amherst, New York. ...


Among other things, Conrad was responsible for the name of the group The Velvet Underground (although never actually in that group himself), and, drawing on his mathematical background, for the naming scheme for intervals now used by most musicians that work in Just Intonation (a tuning system based on the usage of fundamental tones derived from the harmonic series of a single fundamental, thereby based on nature rather than an arbitrary division of the octave). The Velvet Underground and Nico (from left to right: John Cale, Nico, Lou Reed, Sterling Morrison, and Maureen Tucker) The Velvet Underground (Affectionately known as The Velvets, or V.U. for short) was an American rock and roll band of the late 1960s. ...


Along with John Cale, Angus MacLise, La Monte Young, and Marian Zazeela Conrad was an early (although not original) member of the Theater of Eternal Music (also nicknamed The Dream Syndicate), which utilized Just Intonation and sustained sound to produce what they called dream music. This group performed compositions by La Monte Young in which the other performers would sustain certain harmonically related pitches determined by Young for the duration of each piece, while Young would perform complex improvisations on saxophone or voice. In recent years Conrad has characterized those works as collaboration for which he, Angus MacLise, and John Cale should share authorship credit. These views remain a source of contention for Conrad and to some extent Cale among the former participants in the Theater of Eternal Music. John Davies Cale (born December 4, 1942) is a Welsh musician, songwriter and record producer. ... Angus MacLise (March 4, 1938 - June 21, 1979) was a percussionist, composer, mystic, shaman, poet, occultist and calligrapher. ... La Monte Young (born October 14, 1935) is an American composer whose eccentric and often hard-to-find works have been included among the most important post World War II avant-garde or experimental music. ... Marian Zazeela (b, ca. ... It was a mid-sixties experimental musical group featuring La Monte Young and John Cale. ...


A graduate of Harvard University (A.B., 1962, major Mathematics) and recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship, Conrad's work has been shown at many museums including the Museum of Modern Art and P.S. 1 in New York City. In 1991 he had a video retrospective at The Kitchen an artist-run organization in New York City. His film The Flicker was included in the Whitney Museum of American Art's exhibition, The American Century. Harvard University (incorporated as The President and Fellows of Harvard College) is a private university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. ... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... Euclid, Greek mathematician, 3rd century BC, known today as the father of geometry; shown here in a detail of The School of Athens by Raphael. ... The Rockefeller Foundation is a charitable organization based in New York City. ... A fellow in its broadest sense is someone who is an equal or a comrade. ... View across garden, in new MoMA building by Yoshio Taniguchi. ... P.S.1 building exterior. ... The Kitchen is a non-profit, multi-disciplinary art space in New York. ... Night view of Whitney Museum of American Art The Whitney Museum of American Art is an art gallery and museum in New York City founded in 1931 by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. ...


Conrad's first music release, and only release for many years, was a collaboration with the German "Krautrock" group Faust, "Outside the Dream Syndicate", published by Caroline (UK) in 1973. This remains his best known musical work and is a classic of minimal music. Faust is a German krautrock band, originally composed of Hans Joachim Irmler, Werner Zappi Diermaier, Arnulf Meifert, Jean-Hervé Péron, Gunther Wustoff and Rudolf Sosna working with producer Uwe Nettelbeck and engineer Kurt Graupner. ...


Recently he has composed more than a dozen audio works with special scales and tuning for solo amplified violin with amplified strings. Recent releases include "Early Minimalism Volume 1," a four-CD set, "Slapping Pythagoras", "Four Violins" (recorded in the 60s), "Outside the Dream Syndicate - Alive" (with Faust, from London 1995), and "Fantastic Glissando". He has also issued two archival CDs featuring the work of late New York filmmaker Jack Smith, with whom he was associated in the 1960s. Support for Conrad's work has come from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the State University of New York, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Jack Smith (14 November 1932 in Columbus, Ohio - 25 September 1989 in New York) was a US-American film director and one of the pioneers of American underground cinema. ... The National Endowment for the Arts is a United States federally funded program that offers support and funding for projects that exhibit artistic excellence. ... The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) is an arts council serving the U.S. state of New York. ... The State University of New York, abbreviated SUNY (IPA pronunciation: ) is a system of public institutions of higher education in New York, United States. ...


Conrad continues to teach at the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo.


External links

  • Tony Conrad Website
  • Interview with Tony Conrad, 1996
  • The Tony Conrad Project
  • His father's contribution to WWII ship camouflage

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Channel4.com - SlashMusic - Tony Conrad (132 words)
Tony Conrad is an experimental filmmaker, musician, composer, and academic who introduced the concept of Just Intonation--a tuning system based on nature rather than arbitrary divisions of sound--to contemporary composition.
Conrad is perhaps best known for his work with Lamont Young and the Theater of Eternal Music, a New York City ensemble formed in the 1960s that performed seemingly endless single-note drones known as Dream Music.
It is through the VU that Conrad made his largest impact on pop music, as both Lou Reed and Cale incorporated many of Conrad's and the Theater's theories into the band's sound.
Tony Conrad - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (395 words)
Tony Conrad, (born Anthony S. Conrad in 1940), is an avant-garde video artist, experimental filmmaker, musician/composer, sound artist, teacher and writer.
Conrad began working in video and performance in the 1970s while teaching at Antioch College in Ohio and the Center for Media Studies, University at Buffalo.
Support for Conrad's work has come from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, the State University of New York, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
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