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A documentary written and directed by Henning Lohner
Broadcast in 1994, featuring various live and interview clips.
60 min.

This film features a very unique look at FZ and his work, including footage in and around Frank's studio environment and his synclavier work. Also included here is a German tv special on FZ entitled Ein Leben Als Extravaganza - Das Genie Frank Zappa.

Includes footage from:

(in order of appearance):
Henning Lohner
John Cage
Iannis Xenakis
Pierre Boulez
Ray Wallis
Bob Stone
Karlheinz Stockhausen
Van Theodore Carlson
Diva Zappa
Matt Groening

Also appearing:
Mark Volman
Howard Kaylan
Jeff Simmons
Aynsley Dunbar
George Duke
Big Foot
Phyllis Bryn-Julson
Keith Moon
Ringo Starr
Walter Janssen
Sybille Schmitz
Walter Franck
George Bush

Release Info




Notes & Comments
A documentary concentrating on FZ's technique of composition with the Synclavier. It has some bits of dialogue, and intercut remarks by several composers such as Boulez, Xenakis, and Stockhausen (and some footage of FZ with the first two). The director also periodically inserted b&w sequences from monster movies and footage about Bigfoot.
The background music is by FZ – from his Synclavier. There is a several-minutes-long segment in the middle entitled "Electronic Music by Frank Zappa".

(extracted from comments by) Robbert Heederik

Information from by Román García Albertos' excellent site Information Is Not Knowledge

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