Since the early 1960s, Tony Conrad’s vast, inter-disciplinary repertoire has created and influenced major film and compositional movements.
A driving force in the New York underground art scene, he was at the forefront of both avant-garde film and experimental drone music. He performed in and recorded the soundtrack to Jack Smith’s legendary film Flaming Creatures (1963) and then turned the paradigms of cinema upside down with his own film, The Flicker (1966). His development and practice of Just Intonation and Minimalism through his work with Stockhausen and La Monte Young offered another revolutionary shift in musical creativity.
Utilizing intimate footage of Conrad and his collaborators shot over the last twenty-two years, as well as Tony’s own archive of recordings and films, director Tyler Hubby mirrors Conrad’s own playfully radical approach to art-making. As Matt Krefting noted in Wire Magazine, Tony Conrad: Completely in the Present offers “an unpretentious portrait of a singular artist. It requires no prerequisite knowledge of the subject, but it never shies away from its complex radicalism”.
Presented in association with the Melbourne International Jazz Festival and ACMIpartners