Though its been a staple of my own diet since ’73, I can’t really explain the union of violinist Tony Conrad and German Krautrock legends, Faust. Conrad had a storied background in the early 60s avant garde collective, Theatre of Eternal Music (alongside the likes of La Monte Young), stretching droning minimalism to its breaking point. While Faust… well, if you don’t know Faust, perhaps you should just move on (or allow the player below to enlighten you somewhat). But, I’ve never really known much about this record, myself – despite the stereo time it got and the pissed-off neighbors I came to know as a result of it. The original LP contained only two tracks, sans the “From” attachments to the titles. Track three first surfaced as a bonus on the 1993 Table of Elements reissue, while another edition adds yet another 10 minutes. Can’t tell you jack about this “limited” Ars Nova release, except what’s encoded in the plastic, which is 73 minutes, three monotonous drum beats, a drone violin and a series of fizzing, hissing, micro-evolving analog effects. It taught these teenage ears a thing or two about drug-taking music, German-style. There’s a ton more Faust in the archives. For you maniacal types, Amazon has this version (with a bonus track), a Deluxe 2CD 30th Anniversary issue and a 2005 live version.
From The Side Of Man And Womankind (27:01)
From The Side Of The Machine (26:07)
From The Side Of Woman And Mankind (20:05)