Tony Conrad: 10 Essential Recordings From the Drone Pioneer

Titan of American minimalism influenced Velvet Underground, more

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"Dream Interpretation" (recorded 1969, released 2002)

This 20-minute buzzsaw-timbre collaboration of amplified violin and viola was recorded by Conrad and Cale in 1969, finding its way onto the 2002 comp Dream Interpretation: Inside the Dream Syndicate, Volume 2. After completing their tenures in Young's Theatre of Eternal Music — and after Cale's departure from the Velvet Underground — the two reconvened to continue exploring a shared love of drone. Things start out bracing, but two-thirds of the way through, the pair lands on some more consonant, power-chord harmonies, creating a triumphal arc. On the same CD that contains this piece, you'll also find the acoustic, microtonally gorgeous "A Midnight Rain of Green Wrens at the World's Tallest Building," which the duo recorded in 1968.

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