Drones I, II

My initial purpose for creating drone music was somewhat utilitarian. I was searching for beatless walls of sound to use in meditation, and to help retain focus while studying. I ended up creating some partially generative experiments, each of which were around 60 minutes long. They mostly consisted of slow arpeggiations and single chords, with various oscillating effects.

The track “F m 7” is an excerpt of one of these experiments. Parts of the chord were played randomly across 4 tracks. The samples were then slowed down, and run through oscillating high and low pass filters.

Drones II follows my experimentation with cassette tapes. I used 3 cassette decks, and modified them in different ways. I disabled the erase heads, added controls to distort the motor speed controller, and made a foot switch from a sewing machine pedal. I created some looping cassettes by hand, each a few seconds long. Some of the tape I used was old or damaged. Audio sources include samples from Drones I as well as pieces I had recorded in the past, microphones and pink noise.

The cover art of Drones II is a photo I took of one of the repurposed cassettes used in producing the first track.