Tony Conrad standing outside a concert by La Monte Young in Buffalo with a picket sign declaring “Composer La Monte Young does not understand ‘his’ work”, 1990.
COMPOSER LA MONTE YOUNG DOES NOT UNDERSTAND “HIS” WORK …
Tony Conrad / 1990
The “Theater of Eternal Music” (“TEM”) of 1964 was collaboratively
founded - and was so named to deny the Eurocentric
historical/progressive teleology then represented by the designation,
2. Young is suppressing the recordings of “TEM,” which
do not flatter him. He has specifically denied access by members of the
collaboration (Tony Conrad, John Cale) to the collection of recordings
for 25 years. Two members are already dead (Maclise, Jennings).
Young himself now ignorantly insists on the artistic demolition of this
body of work by claiming that it is a series of “compositions” (by
4. The “TEM” introduced an influential preoccupation with
just intonation. “TEM” was anti-rationalist and non-electronic, but did
focus on perceptual and conceptual aspects of small intervals. Young
himself misunderstands this development as neo-Pythagorean rationalism
(after the scientific idealism of Helmholtz).
5. Each “TEM” member
had an interest in carefully structured improvisation and long
durations. Young’s early eurocentric compositional innovation - the use
of long notes - appears in his String Trio. However, nowhere do his
compositions show “TEM”’s crucial understanding that long durations are
6. Young’s neo-Futurist (“Fluxus”) work aside,
his Orientalism and romanticized personality-cult mark him among the
most regressive of contemporary artists. His conservative gutting of
“TEM” has paid off (for him) in a multimillion petro-dollar bonanza,
which he uses to perpetuate his exploitative and artistically mindless
7. Money paid to Young is valuable resources wasted on
ignorance, false self-representation, service to Young’s ego at others’
expense, and a colonial image of American cultural expression.
(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLUiz6ta4wg) DONE FINALLY Svtfoe Animatic from Count of monte cristo - I know those eyes / this man is dead I got inspired by this song like 2 years ago and now i can express my feelings by this animatic