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The Drone Gnome

by Jos Smolders

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In general I do not like the stuff that is categorized as drone music. There are a few exceptions but often times it is about bass and noise. Sometimes the composer mixes subtleties over the basic layer. Sounds that are barely discernable. Others filter the basic layer so that modulations occur. "Listen", people tell me, "can you hear the subtleties that are mixed into the noise?". Yes, can hear them but why does it continue to do so for 20 minutes? And why not get rid of the basic layer so that I can really enjoy those subtleties?
Another gripe is about the continuity of drone music. Whereas traditionally composers build a musical piece note by note, second by second, drone music is layed out and constructed with (very) large chunks of time. These large chunks are then connected with lengthy crossfades. On the one hand that makes it easier for the composer to get to a lengthy piece but on the other hand it is much more difficult than most people think. Controlling time in a musical piece and thereby keeping the listener's attention is mastered by only a few.

The Drone Gnome is the result of a few investigations into drone music. I don't whether I 'succeeded', but this is as close as I could get. It's my version of drone. The way I worked is that I made chunks of sound which had some sort of similarity. Sometimes the sounds are completely electronic, at other times they are loops. I really did my best to work in a traditional 'drone' way. But it didn't really work out. Still, it is worth listening to.

The first part of the first track (the one with the rising tones (drones)) is a rework of an online release at bremsstrahlung records. It is constructed using the fibonacci rule, both in frequency and in length. The other works are 'new'.

Jos Smolders
September 2009


released September 21, 2009




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