ZAUM (often stylized as ZAVM) is an electronic based band that included Tool drummer Danny Carey, along with Tool associates Chris Pitman, Vince DeFranco, and Marko Fox. The band formed within the mid 1990s.
The official Tool newsletter of April 2000 had the following to say the about the project:
Zaum had some demos available a few years ago through Tool's management, Larrikin. Lately the members Marco Fox, Danny Carey, and Mother Goose have been too busy to put something out, but are hoping to go through over twenty hours of material to put something together.
As the Newsletter indicated, little work was actually released to the public. The band however released the one aforementioned demo cassette, which was self-titled, in 1995.
- ZAUM (1995)
- Chris Pitman - vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Vince DeFranco - guitar
- Marco Fox - bass guitar
- Danny Carey - drums
- All ZAUM members can be considered as Tool alumni. Pitman and Fox are featured on the band's album Ænima. Pitman plays synthesizer on "Third Eye", while Fox contributed vocals for "Die Eier von Satan", as well as auditioning for the role of Tool's bassist after Paul D'Amour's departure from the band. In addition, DeFranco plays synthesizer on the live version of "Third Eye" on the band's album Salival and worked as an engineer on Lateralus.
- "Zaum" (Russian: заумь or заумный язык) is a word used to describe the linguistic experiments in sound symbolism and language creation of Russian Futurist poets such as Velimir Khlebnikov and Aleksei Kruchenykh.