Theatre of Eternal Music
The Theatre of Eternal Music (later sometimes called The Dream Syndicate) was an avant-garde musical group formed by La Monte Young in New York City in 1962 to perform his dream chord music. The first group (1962-1964) of performers consisted of La Monte Young, Marian Zazeela, Angus MacLise, and Billy Name. From 1964 to 1966 Theatre of Eternal Music was composed of La Monte Young (voice, saxophone), Marian Zazeela (voice, lighting), John Cale (viola), and Tony Conrad (violin), with sometimes also Terry Riley (voice). Since 1966, Theatre of Eternal Music has seen many permutations and has included Garrett List, Jon Gibson, Jon Hassell, Rhys Chatham, Alex Dea, Terry Jennings, and many others, including some members of the various 1960s groups. Theatre of Eternal Music's self-described dream chord "dream music" explored Young's drones and pure harmonic intervals.
Theatre of Eternal Music employed loud sustained tones through electric amplification in lengthy, all-night performances. Archival recordings of the group's influential mid-1960s performances remain in La Monte Young's archive. None have ever seen official release following a dispute over compositional credit between Young and Conrad and Cale. This dispute resulted in Young's refusal to release any of the archival material. Nonetheless, a bootleg recording removed from the archive by Young's first archivist, Arnold Dreyblatt, of a 1965 performance was controversially released in 2000 by Table of the Elements in CD as Day of Niagara. Other bootlegs of Theatre of Eternal Music have appeared online via file-sharing sites.
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