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Superior Viaduct to release Tony Conrad's Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain

The previously unreleased 1972 recording also features Rhys Chatham and Laurie Spiegel

Superior Viaduct has announced the release of the previously unissued live recording of the 1972 premiere of Tony Conrad's Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain. Performed at New York venue The Kitchen, Ten Years originally connected Conrad’s film making and music experiments in long duration sound of a kind that he’d begun conducting in the 1960s with Theater Of Eternal Music. The event comprised of film installation and minimalist score for amplified strings.

Edited by Jim O'Rourke, the recording features Conrad on violin, with Rhys Chatham on a six foot long strip of wood with bass strings, electric pick-up, tuning keys, tape, rubber band and metal hardware, and Laurie Spiegel carrying out an arrhythmic bass pulse. The record also includes sleevenotes by Rhys Chatham and Andrew Lampert.

"Ten Years began with image before sound," writes Lampert, "a row of quadruple projections arranged side-by-side, all the shuffling stripes cascading into each other. Over the next two hours the music throbbed and the projectors incrementally shifted inwards, their beams gradually uniting to form one pulsating, overlapping picture."

And Chatham comments, "When I first listened to this recording after not hearing it for over 40 years, it transported me back to the early Kitchen and the heyday of early minimalism, played outside The Dream Syndicate."


Tony Conrad’s Ten Years Alive On The Infinite Plain will be released in double LP and double CD formats 19 May (North America) and 26 May (Europe). Preorder via Superior Viaduct.