All Western contemporary drone musics owe almost everything they have to one 'band' spawned in New York in the 1960's, the Theatre Of Eternal Music or, maybe more accurately, The Dream Syndicate. La Monte Young, came from Fluxus traditions and became interested in the ideas of sustained tones, harmonic relations, and more specifically just intonation. Young recruited the viola and violin players, John Cale and Tony Conrad, who were also into sustained tones. Marian Zazeela, provided vocals and visuals and Angus Maclise played percussion. The Theatre Of Eternal Music took avant-garde music into a new realm, inventing minimalism while sustaining notes for minutes at a time. It is joked that Tony Conrad played a perfect fifth for his whole tenure with the group.
Young claims to have decided upon which harmonic relations to be played and not played and, he claims this give's him composition rights. I stand in Cale and Conrad's corner. This mix is dedicated to the Theatre Of Eternal Music.
On to the mix...
In music of this nature things tend to be long form so, this tour of Tony Conrad, John Cale and La Monte Young's 1960's actions is 2 hours and 15 minutes long. It includes work from the Theatre Of Eternal Music to solo works, soundtracks and rare collaborations. At least 3 of these recordings coming from Tony Conrad's apartment at 56 Ludlow St. Enjoy!
Tony Conrad circa 1965
Continuum Sounds Episode 1:
1)The Tortoise, His Dreams, & Journeys (1963) - Theatre Of Eternal Music
2) Four Violins (1964) - Tony Conrad (Available on Table Of The Elements)
3) Silent Shadows On Cinemaroc Island (1964) - Jack Smith, John Cale, & Tony Conrad (Available on Table Of The Elements)
4) The Second Fortress (1968) - John Cale
5) Chumlum Soundtrack (For A Film By Ron Rice) (1964) - Angus Maclise & Tony Conrad
6) 23 VIII 64 2:50:45-3:11 AM The Volga Delta (1969) - La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela
7) Pre-Tortoise Dream Music (1964) - Theatre Of Eternal Music