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  • Personnel includes: Tony Conrad (violin); Rudolf Sosna (synthesizer); Jean-Herve Peron (bass); Werner Diermaier (drums).
  • Recorded at Wumme, West Germany in October 1972. Includes liner notes by David Fricke.
  • Liner Note Authors: Branden W. Joseph; Jim O' Rourke.
  • Recording information: W?mme (10/1972).
  • Not for the faint-hearted, this live document of the collaboration between minimalist composer Tony Conrad, members of the Krautrock band Faust, and indie experimentalist Jim O'Rourke is an artistically compelling exercise in expanding sonic barriers, as well as something of an aural endurance test. O'Rourke plays elongated drones on the violin, Faust hammer away at a primeval pulse, and the two works slowly build to an awe-inspiring climax. The music's polarizing nature is apparent in audible heated arguments among the audience between pieces--love it or hate it, you can't ignore it.
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Mojo (Publisher) (1/03, p.108) - "...Conrad's constantly shifting, layered violin - thoroughly exploring the instrument's harmonics - is the perfect foil for Faust's relentless rock drive..."
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