24-HOUR DRONE 2016: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC
Saturday, April 23 2016 | 3 PM – Sunday, April 24 2016 | 3 PM
Presented by Basilica Hudson & Le Guess Who?
in collaboration with Second Ward Foundation
and Wave Farm / WGXC
Basilica Hudson is pleased to announce the full program below.
// Get one of our 24 limited edition, first-run DRONE KITS for 24 hours of comfort complete with sleeping pad, blanket and reusable water bottle tucked in an artist-designed 24-HOUR DRONE tote. //
// PREPARE TO FEAST on tantalizing food (inspired menu includes monochromatic repeated refrain white rolls and red curry) by Nicole LoBue of Alimentary Kitchen. Join us for Saturday dinner and Sunday brunch (no ticket required – open to Drone attendees and the public!) //
An immersive event and all-encompassing experience, 24-HOUR DRONE features musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone — sustained tones shaped by voice or instrumentation. 24-HOUR DRONE embodies Basilica Hudson at its most experimental and experiential — pushing the boundaries of what a communal, conceptual experience can be. Through 24-HOUR DRONE, Basilica offers a platform for truly experimental and emerging work that may otherwise go unseen.
2016 features an expanded lineup, including artist blocks selected by Tinnitus and Hospital Productions, drone-related video screenings by Second Ward Foundation, interstitial sound pieces, long-duration video and sound art exhibition curated by Wave Farm, film screenings, interactive art installations and more.
Those who make the commitment to this endurance based, long-duration work will be rewarded with the intangible feeling of meditative contentment, pure bliss, and communal collaboration.
// Prepare your ears + open your mind with our Spotify playlist //
03:00 PM Quelque Show DRONE BLOCK: Gambletron
04:30PM Arone Dyer’s Dronechoir, Pt Deux
05:15PM Tinnitus Series DRONE BLOCK: Camilla Padgitt-Coles & Ka Baird / Bonnie Baxter of Kill Alters
07:00PM Christopher Tignor
07:45PM Innov Gnawa
09:00PM Quelque Show DRONE BLOCK: Efrim Manuel Menuck, Jessica Moss & Kevin Doria
11:30PM Drums & Drones (Brian Chase)
12:30AM Hospital Productions DRONE BLOCK: Alberich, Dual Action and Lussuria
02:15AM Patrick Higgins & Ben Greenberg
03:15AM Ceramic TL + Open Fortress
04:05AM Long Distance Poison
06:00AM Cave Music Tube Orchestra
06:15AM Tyler Wood
07:00AM PRINC-E-IWOB: We’re Bionic feat. Rad Tone
08:00AM OMium with Eric Frasier
09:00AM Cosmic Planetary Gong Panacea w/ Theresa Lyn Widmann and Friends
09:45AM Daniel Lauter
10:15AM Lavender Suarez
11:45AM Brain Decay
01:15PM Bobby Previte
02:15PM Tinnitus Series DRONE BLOCK: Dreamcrusher
Performing in-the-round in Basilica’s Main Hall is the legendary and eclectic experimental NYC band Oneida; US-based Moroccans Innov Gnawa with an ecstatic take on North Africa’s trance-inducing Sufi tradition; Hospital Productions DRONE BLOCK (curated by DRONE 2015 alum and Hospital Productions founder Dominic Fernow) with the machine rhythms, synthetic voices and operatic arias of Alberich, the eerie atmospheric sound collage and hard industrial beats of Dual Action, and the opiated atmospheres of Lussuria; Tinnitus Series DRONE BLOCK (curated by Adam Shore and Pitchfork’s Brandon Stosuy) with the immense sonic cacophony of Dreamcrusher, the cross-disciplinary Camilla Padgitt-Coles and Ka Baird mixing synth, flute and voice, and Bonnie Baxter of NYC-based band Kill Alters; Quelque Show DRONE BLOCK featuring Montreal-based artists including Efrim Manuel Menuck (Godspeed You! Black Emperor), returning to Basilica with a solo drone project, a collaboration between Jessica Moss (Silver Mt. Zion) and Kevin Doria (Growing, Total Life), and Gambletron, a queer interdisciplinary sonic artist and musician based out of Montréal presenting her multi-AM Radio Theremin.
Drums & Drones, a project of Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Collapsible Shoulder, Beech Creeps), explores the natural acoustic resonance of drums, sustaining their tones to reveal hidden frequencies using just intonation; Noveller summons a rich sonic palette using only a guitar; Ceramic TL’s dense blankets of sound is traversed by the dancers of Toronto-based movement collective Open Fortress; Long Distance Poison invokes temporary relations to nothingness by means of minimal drones; and hARBOUR is an experimental trio featuring local legend Jack Walls on clarinet.
Newly confirmed acts include Daniel Lauter, playing one of the oldest original sets of quartz crystal bowls and Patrick Stephenson, founder of subterranean music series Cave Music, bringing his Cave Music Tube Orchestra to Basilica’s factory. DRONE 2015 alum Eric Fraser, an Indian classical musician and songwriter/composer, leads OMium, consisting of human voices plus harmonium drones, while DRONE 2015 alum Nathan McLaughlin explores bowed banjo as companion to reel-to-reel tape.
A number of musicians will perform pieces created specifically for 24-HOUR DRONE, many of them DRONE 2015 alumni. As the sun rises on Sunday morning, guests will experience a Cosmic Planetary Gong Panacea with Theresa Lyn Widmann and Friends. Multiple Paiste symphonic gongs will be set up in Basilica’s Main Hall to mirror their namesake planets’ formation in the sky at the time of the performance. Baltic, the solo project of D. James Goodwin, performs a piece based on the measurement of sea waves and the patterns they create in the Russian port city of Baltyisk. Tyler Wood’s piece evokes the oft-mournful whistles of Hudson Valley’s freight trains. Megafortress will be playing a new piece for saxophone, clarinet, double bass, percussion, and field recordings. Bobby Previte will present SCREENING ROOM, two processed drummers and looped Baritone saxophone. Patrick Higgins (Zs) collaborates with Ben Greenberg (Uniform, Hubble), and Arone Dyer’s (Buke & Gase) Dronechoir returns for a Pt. Deux!
Three Main Hall acts will rely on audience participation: OMium, Cave Music Tube Orchestra and Arone Dyer’s Dronechoir Pt. Deux.
FILM, VIDEO & BROADCAST
Second Ward Foundation will present a series of videos – from their collection and beyond – in the North Hall during the darker hours. Basilica Hudson thanks Second Ward Foundation for their continued support of 24-HOUR DRONE.
Wave Farm will present Radio Drone at this year’s 24-HOUR DRONE. Presented interstitially between live performances are commissioned works by Matthew Biederman, Anastasia Clarke, Gonçalo F. Cardoso, Max Goldfarb, Victoria Keddie and Lee Weaver. Alon Koppel‘s site-specific durational video work, installed in Basilica’s Main Hall, documents the passage of time, and includes live video drone performance.
Wave Farm will stream 24-HOUR DRONE in its entirety on Wave Farm Radio at wavefarm.org/listen, and will broadcast live on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7-FM and wgxc.org on Saturday at 3p.m. through Sunday at 11 a.m.
In addition, Basilica’s Kiln Films will feature two works which highlight drone-based human expression by exploring connections between contemporary and ancient cultures side by side. Mono ((((❚))), “a film on stones and single tones” by Sangam Sharma, is a mystical film on monolithic architecture, monophonic music and the ancient female old. Her Bijî Gıranî, a film by George Mürer, highlights a new and ever-evolving Kurdish music movement.
Basilica Artist-in-Residence Dylan Kraus’s paintings regarding the fabric of time will be on view in the Main Hall; No Wave artist and photographer Barbara Ess creates a sound art installation based on field recordings; two sculptures – Comparator and Reverb Tank – by frequent Basilica collaborator Kris Perry will be on view on Basilica’s grounds; and Hudson-based artist Vita Rabinovich explores cosmic radiation with her copper sculptures.
Installed in Basilica’s Back Gallery and curated by Wave Farm, Continuing Effect (April 23 – May 7) presents thesis works from the 2016 Columbia University School of the Arts Sound Arts MFA program students Alice Emily Baird, Cameron Fraser, Chatori Shimizu and Frank Spigner.
New this year, the DRONE ZONE affords attendees ample opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the event. Guests can partake in the stroboscopic, hallucinogenic effects of Marina Masic’s Lumina NY light machine; resonate, elevate, escalate and expand in the chamber of reflected SELF with meditations by dronEYEgazers (Omkar, Destefano and Jennie); receive a stick-and-poke style tattoo from Basilica Artist-in-Residence Dylan Kraus; or visit the HYPNO BOOTH by UNLIMITED project, “found on the corner of conscious and subconscious” (Morgan Yakus and Shauna Cummins).
FOOD + BAR
Saturday, 5 PM – 11 PM | Dinner by Alimentary Kitchen
Late Nite | Taste of India + Basilica Bar
Sunday, 11 AM – 2 PM | Brunch by Alimentary Kitchen
PLUS 24-HOUR Coffee and Tea Bar by Landscapes Cafe
Alimentary Kitchen provides a spring kick-off feast for drone devotees! (No ticket required – open to Drone attendees and the public!)
DINNER SAT 5PM – 11PM: Rice Rolls; Violet Leaf & Flower. Mung Bean. Pea Shoots. Poached Cod Chili. // Beef Curry; Coconut Milk. Sweet Potato. Red Sorrel. Jasmine Rice. // Milk Jam Thai Boba Tea.
BRUNCH SUN 11AM – 2PM: Congee Omelette. Radish. Wild Onion. Poached Cod. Dashi. Shiitake. Fried Shallot. Cilantro. Blue Star Cress.
Late-nite food courtesy of Hudson’s own Taste of India to fuel the wee hours.
A cash bar will be open on Saturday night for event goers. Landscapes Cafe will provide high-quality coffee (roasted by NYC-based institution Joe Coffee) and tea for the duration of the event so attendees can be sure to keep their DRONE going strong.
A window into our 2015 inaugural 24-HOUR DRONE event:
PLAN YOUR TRIP
Located only two hours by train from NYC, and just across the street from the Amtrak station, the event is set in Basilica’s 7,000 sq. ft. Main Hall, and will be a fully immersive experience in-the-round with no stage. Because Basilica is a unique industrial setting with limited seating, drone attendees should bring camping pads, yoga mats and/or pillows; sleeping bags/blankets, warm and comfortable clothes, bottles for refill at Basilica’s water fountain, and endurance-enhancing snacks. 24-hour DRONE SURVIVAL KITS are also available for puchase at the ticket link.
24-HOUR DRONE is co-presented with Le Guess Who? festival in Utrecht, Netherlands in collaboration with Second Ward Foundation and Wave Farm / WGXC.
Lea Bertucci performance during 24-HOUR DRONE 2015 by Jeff Economy.