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Here Come The Warm Drones

By Tristan Louth-Robins on January 4, 2018 3:23 am

Recorded at Studio Maurilia - Jan 2, 2017.

Equipment/materials: Max/MSP (pure wave generator), customised loudspeakers, small objects, metal bowl, reed organ.

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January 8, 2018 9:24 am

Without a doubt you have the best avatar I have seen on Weeklybeats.

This piece is mesmerizing. I enjoyed how incapable I was of determining the source of the sounds I heard until the bowl at the end. The impact of that familiar tone was a nice conclusion for me.

I watched the video as well. You mention in the description that it was a performance of Vespers by Alvin Lucier. I don't know the piece but have always found his works very interesting.

January 8, 2018 11:15 pm
Ryan wrote:

Without a doubt you have the best avatar I have seen on Weeklybeats.

This piece is mesmerizing. I enjoyed how incapable I was of determining the source of the sounds I heard until the bowl at the end. The impact of that familiar tone was a nice conclusion for me.

I watched the video as well. You mention in the description that it was a performance of Vespers by Alvin Lucier. I don't know the piece but have always found his works very interesting.

Ah, thank you! That slightly risque avatar is derived from a poster that was used to promote Jim O'Rourke's 1999 album Eureka. It's got everything - Bruce Lee, nunchucks, a bicycle and a bare arse.

Thanks also for the kind comments on the track. Yeah, it's a few layers of that kind of activity. One of the things I'm toying with at the moment is the relative proximity of sounds in an acoustic field - in this case (and I think for the time being) - it will be within my home studio 1) broadcast through conventional and slightly tweaked loudspeakers; and 2) performed in realtime using objects, instruments, etc.

Regarding the video, that's strictly an interpretation of Vespers, but I've always wanted to do a more faithful version of it which properly emphasises the echolocative properties of a space and obstacles, using the Sondols clicking sound to navigate space aurally through reflections and diffusion. Vespers is probably a slightly lesser known work of Lucier's against the likes of works such as I am sitting in a room (1970) and Music On A Long Thin Wire (1977).

He recently published a book based on his lectures on experimental music (Experimental Music 108) which provides a wonderful insight into his own and other notable (and some lesser known) works. Well worth investigating if you're interested.

January 9, 2018 2:41 am

[quote = Tristian]He recently published a book based on his lectures on experimental music (Experimental Music 108) which provides a wonderful insight into his own and other notable (and some lesser known) works. Well worth investigating if you're interested.

Thansk for the notes, sounds really interesting. I'll have a search for that book.

January 9, 2018 10:28 pm

Love this screeeechy sound accompanied by reed organ. And the metal bowl is really pleasant for my ears
It's great to know the backstory of the track, I'm fascinated that you're using Max/MSP.

The track reminded me of Lear:

https://youtu.be/0at5DrXpJj8

January 10, 2018 4:59 am

This is beautiful, Tristan. You're one of the most truly experimental musicians I've heard.

January 10, 2018 11:07 am
Coauctor wrote:

Love this screeeechy sound accompanied by reed organ. And the metal bowl is really pleasant for my ears
It's great to know the backstory of the track, I'm fascinated that you're using Max/MSP.

The track reminded me of Lear:

https://youtu.be/0at5DrXpJj8

Oh, thanks! I hadn't come across that Oliveros work but it sounds splendid. I'll have a deeper listening tomorrow morning.

Bellebushka wrote:

This is beautiful, Tristan. You're one of the most truly experimental musicians I've heard.

Thank you! I try to keep things fairly loose around here in the studio. smile

January 11, 2018 2:59 am

like a massage for my brain - thank you

January 11, 2018 1:14 pm

There is a lot of tension in the drone. And when the song is ending I could feel the easing of tension. Fascinating piece of art.

January 13, 2018 1:45 am

Just gorgeous. I aspire to play something at such a pace.

January 13, 2018 4:37 pm

beautiful track, sounds very organic! love it!! Really draws you all in, quite addictive!

January 13, 2018 8:16 pm

what a hypnotic sound - that papery noise is utterly relaxing heart

January 14, 2018 1:22 am
kaedo sevaada wrote:

like a massage for my brain - thank you

Q-Rosh wrote:

There is a lot of tension in the drone. And when the song is ending I could feel the easing of tension. Fascinating piece of art.

disquiet wrote:

Just gorgeous. I aspire to play something at such a pace.

dj someguy wrote:

beautiful track, sounds very organic! love it!! Really draws you all in, quite addictive!

hieme wrote:

what a hypnotic sound - that papery noise is utterly relaxing <3

Thanks folks! Really appreciate the comments!

January 19, 2018 8:36 am

Sublime.  Lovely work.

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