the theatre of eternal music


The Theatre of Eternal Music, B flat dorian blues 19 x 63


The Theatre of Eternal Music
B Flat Dorian Blues, 1963

Angus MacLise , John Cale , La Monte Young , Marion Zazeela , Terry Jennings, Tony Conrad

  • You know that point where you started out just kind of exploring a fandom and then all the sudden you're watching everything on the Internet about it and you have jumped head first into this fandom and now there's probably no way out????
  • I may or may not have just done that.

Tanz der Vampire is like going through a wacky choose-your-own-adventure novel where things just. keep. going. wrong. and you never get the hero ending, only the ending where everyone is corrupted and YOU HAVE BEEN RECRUITED INTO THE VAMPIRE ARMY AND PINE ETERNALLY FOR BLOOD!

Fanmix-in-progress nattering for the week: After much brain-wracking, I decided that songs for the I Don’t Really Know What Happened In India period should be suitably elusive, suitably impressionistic, suitably obfuscating, and essentially evoke a sense of hypnotic othered tranquility that’s nonetheless steeped in a sense of foreboding. Or something. So, a glimpse (with the caveat that for the latter two pieces Youtube doesn’t have the precise performances/recordings I’m including on the fanmix, so the links are mostly included for illustrative purposes):

1. Paul Horn - Unity

(Note: Paul Horn was with the Beatles, the Farrows, et al. in Rishikesh, and recorded his Inside (the Taj Mahal) LP - which this track is from - while he was there.) 

2. LaMonte Young & The Theatre of Eternal Music - Raag Bhairava (Excerpt)

3. Luciano Berio - Sinfonia, Section/Movement III

(Note: A Traumdeutung, a “mutual transformation of its component parts”, featuring allusions to Bach, Berg, Berlioz, Brahms, Debussy, Mahler, Ravel, Schonberg, Stravinsky, and quotations from James Joyce and Samuel Beckett’s The Unnamable.)

And if anyone’s wondering what quote I named the period after:

It’s just that a few things happened, or didn’t happen. I don’t know, but something happened. It was sort of like a click and we just left and I don’t know what went on. It’s too near—I don’t really know what happened.