We are already excited for spring when warm light will beam through the windowpanes of our old industrial factory by the river once more, welcoming back one of Basilica Hudson’s most beloved annual programs, 24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC.
2017 marks our biggest DRONE yet, as our series expands to satellite programs in Canada and the UK — 3 DRONES, 3 COUNTRIES.
Basilica Hudson and Le Guess Who? present
24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC
in collaboration with Second Ward Foundation, Wave Farm / WGXC
Saturday, April 29 @ noon – Sunday, April 30 @ noon
Limited Early Bird tickets are available now for $24 ($1 per hour!)
FB event page here
Music has the power to bring people together where words and actions fail. Drones, or sustained tones shaped by voice or instrumentation, transcend time, genre and music itself. An immersive event and all-encompassing experience, 24-HOUR DRONE is a roving, international series presented by Basilica Hudson and Le Guess Who?, featuring musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone.
Through this expanded programming, 24-HOUR DRONE strives to break down barriers across borders, offering an opportunity to connect diverse musical communities and traditions, offering a localized snapshot of DRONE within the larger context of universal sound. This is a shared experience devoted to unifying players and listeners alike.
We aim to bring cultures together, demonstrating the diversity inherently present within all music. The cross-pollination of instrumentation, musical traditions and culture creates a tapestry of human experience, elevating the whole, greater than the sum of its parts. Diversity of sound links things not usually linked through a seamless sonic and communal experience, with connections and dialogues opened in unexpected ways. 24-HOUR DRONE’s immersive and meditative nature emphasizes communion.
The idea for 24-HOUR DRONE was sparked years ago during a late-night New Years Eve conversation in Hudson, New York between Basilica Hudson co-founders Melissa Auf der Maur and Tony Stone and their Dutch houseguest, Le Guess Who? music festival organizer Bob van Heur. On that cold winter night, they gazed at the 1880s industrial factory from their balcony, and it called to them: “24 hours of sound please!” The drone dream was the eventual owners’ first impression of and first intention with the building, where they begin their art and community programs in 2010. In 2014 the dream was realized, and 24-HOUR DRONE was born.
The first 24-HOUR DRONE was held in tandem with the Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht, Netherlands in November of 2014, and featured William Basinski, Stephen O’Malley, Emptyset, Tim Hecker, Steve Hauschildt, Raime, Dirk Serries, Julianna Barwick, Carla Bozulich and John Eichenseer, and more.
24-HOUR DRONE arrived stateside the following April and opened Basilica Hudson’s 2015 season with Prurient, SUUNS, Jessica Moss, Bobby Previte, Patrick Higgins, Arone Dyer, Greg Fox, Lea Bertucci, Randy Gibson and more, plus a program of films curated by Second Ward Foundation. The entire event was streamed live on Wave Farm radio / WGXC.org.
This past year, Basilica once again opened its season with 24-HOUR DRONE in April, with an expanded program featuring Oneida, Innov Gnawa, Brian Chase, Noveller, Ceramic TL, Christopher Tignor, Long Distance Poison, Jack Walls and more, along with three DRONE BLOCKS by event partners Hospital Productions, Tinnitus Series, and Quelque Show (a homegrown Montreal musicians only block). Second Ward Foundation doubled its film and video programming, Wave Farm / WGXC.org commissioned interstitial sound pieces and streamed the event live, additional interactive activities were offered throughout the weekend, and Columbia University’s Sound Arts MFA program presented a related exhibition in Basilica’s Back Gallery.
Le Guess Who?, Basilica’s 24-HOUR DRONE curatorial partner, has become the Netherlands’ go-to event for experimental, collaborative and otherwise out-of-the-box musical thinking. Now in its tenth year, Le Guess Who?2016 occurred on 10-13 November in Utrecht, Netherlands.
For more information about 24-HOUR DRONE, please see our recap here from our very first at Basilica in 2015, which includes a short film shot on site and edited by the Basilica Team.
Photos by Akemi Hiatt and Eric Harvey Brown