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Outside the Dream Syndicate is the only collaboration of Faust and Tony Conrad. It is considered to be Conrad's first proper recording, a three-day session recorded in 1973 at the Faust's farm in the northern German community of Wuemme.
The Dream Syndicate (also known as The Theater of Eternal Music) was an improvisational group active in the 60s, featuring avant-garde artists La Monte Young, his wife Marian Zazeela (on vocals), Billy Name (on guitar, better known from Warhol's Factory), Angus MacLise (on percussion), and later on, John Cale and Tony Conrad. In parallel with John Cage's performances and Fluxus sound experiments and 'events', the group was known for elaborate performances. They would sustain notes for hours at a time, introducing a lack of compositional theme (known as Eternal Music). The group disbanded in 1965.
Tony Conrad: I basically said, "Keep an even beat going throughout the whole thing", which is almost impossible. When I worked with Faust, I told the bass player this, but they didn't believe me.
Collaborating with Faust core members (Jean Herve Peron's rippingly metallic bass and Zappi Diermaier's stoically thunderous drums), Conrad added his shrill and ever-changing 'eternal music' violin ruminations. The result, an exact middle point between krautrock and early drone, could only be mind blowing.
Year of Release: 1973 / 2002 (remastered 30th Anniversary Edition)
Label: Table of the Contents (US)
Genre: krautrock / drone / experimental
Tracklist: Cd 1:
From the Side of Man and Womankind (27:16)
From the Side of the Machine (26:20)
Cd 2 (30th Annivaersary Edition):
The Pyre of Angus Lies in Kathmandu (3:38)
The Death of the Composer Was in 1962 (3:16)
From the Side of Man and Womankind (Complete, 31:10)