Tony Conrad: 10 Essential Recordings From the Drone Pioneer

Titan of American minimalism influenced Velvet Underground, more

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'Transit of Venus' with Hangedup (recorded circa 2004, released 2012)
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'Transit of Venus' with Hangedup (recorded circa 2004, released 2012)

In his final decades, Conrad showed a willingness to experiment with a wide selection of younger collaborators, including the Canadian post-punks Hangedup. Distilled from a series of mid-2000s studio rehearsals and live gigs, this 2012 release on Constellation Records is far and away the hardest-rocking album in Conrad's discography, as he responds to the band's simpatico viola and driving percussion with outbursts from his uniquely modified violin and single-string "monochord.'

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