Sound as Experience. Sound as Installation. Sound without the tight hands of Time. To honor sound in a space that enhances it and places it in a long-form time schedule that allows it to expand. Explore. Experiment. Exchange.
– Melissa Auf der Maur, 24-HOUR DRONE Co-Founder / Co-Founder and Director, Basilica Hudson
From noon on April 29, one of Basilica Hudson’s most beloved annual programs graced the halls of our old factory by the river. Co-presented by the Dutch mainstay music festival Le Guess Who? and in collaboration with Second Ward Foundation and Wave Farm / WGXC, 24-HOUR DRONE’s third annual installment featured expanded programs, art installations and sister events. Browse the recap of this year’s event here.
Saturday, April 29 @ noon – Sunday, April 30 @ noon
Advance tickets @ $32 each, general admission
FB event page here
Just added! *
IVA BITTOVA // BRIAN DEGRAW (GANG GANG DANCE) + TIM KOH (HAUNTED GRAFFITI) // CEP (CAROLINE POLACHEK OF CHAIRLIFT)
LEE RANALDO // JON GIBSON PERFORMS VISITATIONS WITH JEREMY GIBSON // BRIAN CHASE AND YONATAN GAT // HUBBLE // BRIAN DEWAN // EZRA FEINBERG // JESUS CACTUS // SHILPA RAY // RODDY BOTTUM // VEENA CHANDRA // PHIL KLINE // BONNIE KANE // IIVII // VISION CONTROL // LOGAN R. VISSCHER // LIGATURE (PRESENTED BY TINNITUS) // KARMA TRIYANA DHARMACHAKRA CHOIR // DAVID GARLAND & ENSEMBLE WITH ARONE DYER AND IVA BITTOVA // QUELQUE SHOW MONTREAL BLOCK CURATED BY JESSICA MOSS FEATURING BEN SHEMIE, BIG | BRAVE, JEN REIMBER + MAX STEIN and NAG & A PICTURESQUE VENUS TRANSIT // VICTORIA KEDDIE + UNIT 11 RESIDENCY PROJECT FEATURING KATHERINE BAUER, WITH ROSE KALLAL AND SCOTT KIERNAN // VISUAL INSTALLATION BY TROUBLE // PROJECTIONS BY CHARLES G. WALDMAN // ENDURANCE READING OF THE 1816 TESTIMONIES OF MOTHER ANN LEE PRESENTED BY SHAKER MUSEUM | MOUNT LEBANON // LIVE STREAMING BY WAVE FARM / WGXC
*Due to circumstances beyond our control, Russian-based vocal ensemble Phurpha was denied visas to the United States and hence will be unable to perform at 24-HOUR DRONE. However, we have replaced them by the stellar artists announced above.
KICK OFF: HUDSON VALLEY CLIMATE MARCH
SAT @ NOON, 7TH STREET PARK TO BASILICA
WIND DOWN: WGXC RECORD + MEDIA FAIR
SUN @ 11AM, BASILICA BACK GALLERY
24-HOUR DRONE attendees receive free entry!
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 Eric Harvey Brown; poster design by AJ Annunziata; animation by Robert Sommerlad