Tony Conrad With Faust - Outside The Dream Syndicate

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Violinist, composer and filmmaker Tony Conrad started his career in New York in the early 1960s. As a member of the Theater of Eternal Music (a.k.a. the Dream Syndicate) alongside John Cale, La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela and Angus MacLise, he participated in now-legendary and often legendarily loud drone performances with many pieces having no beginning and no end. During a fateful trip to Germany in 1972, Conrad met with avant-rock visionaries Faust and made the very first record to bear his name. Outside The Dream Syndicate , originally released in Europe only in 1973, is a stunning debut. Two side-long tracks‰ÛÓ ‰ÛÏThe Side Of Man And Womankind‰۝ and ‰ÛÏThe Side Of The Machine‰۝‰ÛÓshow just how far Conrad had moved beyond his minimalist peers. Werner Diermaier‰۪s repetitive drum beat and Jean-Herv̩ Peron‰۪s stripped-down bassline conjure a tense, ascetic groove, while Conrad‰۪s seamless violin, initially so controlled, reveals a surprising adaptability. The music shifts almost on a subliminal level, pushing and pulling to the drone‰۪s internal pulse. It is hard to imagine Conrad‰۪s trajectory from downtown Manhattan to a farmhouse in the German countryside that ultimately resulted in Outside The Dream Syndicate, yet no other record captures‰ÛÓso completely and instantly‰ÛÓthe
intersection of avant-garde and rock forms. Outside The Dream Syndicate
remains ahead of and bracingly outside of its time. This first-time vinyl reissue and long out-of-print CD release have been carefully been carefully mastered from the original master tapes and include liner notes by musician Jim O‰۪Rourke and author
Branden W. Joseph.