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La Monte Young has pioneered the concept of extended time durations in contemporary music for over 40 years. He contributed extensively to the study of just intonation and to the development of rational number based tuning systems that are used in his periodic composite sound waveform environments, as well as in many of his major performance works. Presentations of Young’s work in the United States and Europe, as well as his theoretical writings, gradually influenced a group of composers to create a static, periodic music which became known as Minimalism. Musician magazine stated, “As the acknowledged father of minimalism and guru emeritus to the British art-rock school, his influence is pervasive,” and in 1985 the Los Angeles Herald Examiner wrote, ” for the past quarter of a century he has been the most influential composer in America. Maybe in the world.” In Minimalism:Origins, 1993, Edward Strickland added, “Young is now widely recognized as the originator of the most influential classical music style of the final third of the twentieth century.”


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  • Lost_Inwardly

    In fact there are albums of Cale from that period with Conrad on violin. The albums are good. As for TEM, there are no official releases, only the unofficial Day of Niagara. Conrad's frustration is understandable. Most of the work of La Monte, besides TEM, was also not released, and a large part never recorded. I will end by a quote of John Cale from Up-Tight: “LaMonte was perhaps the best part of my education and my introduction to musical discipline”.

    14 Jun 8:10am Reply
  • Lost_Inwardly

    What do you mean by “this music”? Tony Conrad had something to do with La Monte for one or two years when he was part of the Theatre of Eternal Music (or the Dream Syndicate). There is no mystery in TEM being a collaborative project, this was always known. I have never heard La Monte claiming that TEM's music was composed by him alone. While it is obvious that he was the main creative force. He started to compose in the first half of the 50s, and composed several pieces that then will be called drone in the second half of the 50s (Conrad and Cale were at high school at that time). TEM then was created to perform and elaborate those ideas. Besides La Monte and Marian Zazeela, TEM at different points of time included, Angus MacLise, Billy Name, Tony Conrad, John Cale, Terry Riley, Terry Jennings, Jon Hassell, Alex Dea, Sterling Morrison, and maybe others. Of course Conrad and Cale contributed and learned from that performances.

    14 Jun 8:10am Reply
  • djb1993djb

    damn, anyone interested in mr. young needs to read the tony conrad interview as linked below by kindertotenlied, if only to witness Tony call Stockhausen a Dweeb. glorious!

    10 Apr 3:13am Reply
  • wingsoftoast

    Is anyone aware a recording of the German radio broadcast of The First Dream of China -(First Blossoming) - can't find it anywhere although it is listed on several websites

    11 Mar 10:34pm Reply
  • kindertotenlied

    I have no reason not to believe what Tony Conrad says:

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Rustain

    v souce, please?

    22 Nov 2014 Reply
  • kindertotenlied

    This music which was supposedly invented and composed by La Monte Young, in reality was developed in the early sixties by Tony Conrad (violin) and John Cale (viola) in their common improvisation group with Young and Zazeela. Young kept all the tapes that were recorded and refused to give any credit to the others, claiming that these were his compositions.

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Zhaliai

    "[...] The preeminent innovator in drone-based music is composer La Monte Young, who, in the 1960s, composed very long pieces for clusters of sustained tones [...]." That is what they say about drone. And I am here only because of that. And the first impresson of mine was that he is a genius. Even though he would not. Great music indeed!

    14 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Antikrun

    The Well-Tuned Piano for XX century minimalism movement is like Gravity's Rainbow for post-modernism literature. Something that turns it heads to toes, staying in tradition.

    19 Aug 2014 Reply
  • innsmith

    Ну что за распрекрасный дедуля!

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • TIWL

    3 Feb 2014 Reply
  • furs_of1 - John Cale gonna sodomize you in space

    10 Dec 2013 Reply
  • M_Spawn

    @jaina999 i couldn't agree more

    25 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Jaina999

    if you aren't drone, you aren't human [5]

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • wingsoftoast Worth checking out! :)

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Bastafa

    5 Aug 2013 Reply
  • trashcity_

    The irony is that it isn't

    14 Jun 2013 Reply
  • extrabigmehdi

    I like how the "well tuned piano" sound systematically wrong, for every note.

    19 May 2013 Reply
  • GiaNXGX

    if you aren't drone, you aren't human [4]

    28 Apr 2013 Reply
  • IAmDillin

    Whoa, this guy is still alive? Huh, that's pretty neat.

    30 Mar 2013 Reply
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