Traditionally, 24-HOUR DRONE has kicked the Basilica Hudson season into bloom, and been a sacred wake-up call for our building in her winter hibernation. However, due to COVID-19, we had to make the difficult decision to cancel the in-person event. For our spirits and our creative community, we remained committed to continuing 24-HOUR DRONE, and to activating those 24 HOURS of sound in a new world way with Basilica’s long-standing co-presenters Le Guess Who?.
The 2020 DRONE schedule began with embedded streams presented by our partners, collaborators, artists originally scheduled to perform at the in-person event, and artists from THE DRONE WIDE WEB. THE DRONE WIDE WEB is a compilation of streams from DRONE alumni and those who responded to our open call for streams.
This page serves as an archive of the streams we were given permission to use, but does not feature the full lineup, which you can view HERE. Over 200 artists participated in our global DRONE AT HOME, making it the biggest DRONE to date. Read the full recap.
Below are archived streams from our old partners in DRONE , our more recent partners , and some even newer friends. This list also includes artists originally scheduled to perform during 24-HOUR DRONE 2020 at Basilica, indicated with a 🔭.
To coincide with 24-HOUR DRONE, Islington Mill Public Access TV (IMPATV) streamed a selection of Drone and Ambient recordings and videos from the archive. Featuring a wide selection of full sets from festivals including SUPERNORMAL and Woodland Gathering and venues across Manchester including The Star and Garter, Soup Kitchen, Islington Mill Attic Recordings and IMPATV produced music videos.
24 hours streamed live out of the lab using 100% open-source software and vacuum tube oscillators and a programmed animation. It will slowly shift over a long period of time. Much like the background oscillator and video screenings normally present at Basilica’s DRONE — when nothing else is happening, in between other performances, or when you want a change of pace — zone out to this automatic aleatoric stream. Headphones suggested. Automatic Aleatoric is Charles G. Waldman, two-time DRONE alum.
Music on the Rebound and the Pauline Oliveros Trust present
The World Wide Tuning Meditation
New York City + Kingston, NY
Hosted by the International Contemporary Ensemble and led by IONE, Claire Chase + Raquel Acevedo Klein. Take part in a world-wide musical exchange. Pauline Oliveros‘ Tuning Meditation is an interactive music performance where people from all over can sing from the comfort of home. It’s a sonic gathering with a legacy of bringing communities together through meditative singing. No music experience necessary.
🔭 LUMEN PROJECT Presents
Sweden & Beirut
Lumen Project is a non-profit organization creating immersive experiences, employing sound / light / and space to inspire awe and stillness… the rarest of commodities in our fractured modern environment. They presented a collaborative performance between musicians in Sweden and Beirut, featuring featuring Gerda Holmqvist / Majken / Ellen Petersson and Stephanie Merchak, as well as a performance by the Swedish band SOLAR.
Live from Quarantine
LIVE FROM QUARANTINE is a weekly broadcast that aims to bring people closer in a time of social distancing. it is meant to fill the void created by the abrupt dissolution of events that artists depend on to pay rent, to eat, to LIVE. Featuring: Caroline Partamian + Ethan Primason // Anastasia Clarke + Shannon Lumpkin // Mark Trecka // Raven Chacon // Sondra Sun Odeon
🔭 La Era del Ruido
Bogotá, Columbia + Ithaca, NY
La Era del Ruido is an experimental noise/drone duo comprised of Sergio Cote Barco and Juan Carlos Melendez-Torres. Sergio was in lockdown in Colombia, so their solution to separation across continents was to improvise together, with Sergio sending Juan Carlos live audio and video which he then amplified, projected, and manipulated from Ithaca, NY.
Corrector Presents: Social Distance V
The fifth in a series of live immersive audio visual performances curated by Corrector Records and streamed online during the COVID-19 pandemic. The stream will be in stereo, so get comfy with a good stereo system or headphones.
Live dronez by: John C S Keston // AROS E-V (+ listening debut: The Quiet Citadel) // Empathy Cell x Christin Light // Lo Mismo // IOSIS
Live visuals by: Konopka // Chris LeBlanc // Shawna Lee // Callie Chapman // Second Sight Visuals // Half the City
🔭 Gesture of Friendship: 100 Years of the Theremin
A duet with an empty Basilica.
This piece is an improvised duet between a theremin (played by DRONE Co-Curator SVB) and Basilica Hudson — the building itself (played by members of the Basilica team: Dr. Roman G. Horst, Sarah Roberts Hale and Allie Young). Performed at midnight, on Saturday, April 25, 2020.
From SVB: “I chose to play theremin as 2020 marks the centennial anniversary of the invention of the instrument by Leon Theremin. Afterwards, I live-mixed in a 75% slowed soundtrack to a short documentary film that Tony Stone, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte and Maxwell Paparella made of our very first 24-HOUR DRONE at Basilica in 2015. The result is a one-hour meditation on DRONE and its relationship to the building, Basilica Hudson.
All proceeds from the sale of this album will go towards Basilica Hudson — the organization. Hopefully in brighter days ahead, it can continue to present programs like 24-HOUR DRONE.”
Virtual Kiln Film Installation: Threshold
(Meditation Edit for Merwin Conservancy)
Sit down inside W.S. Merwin’s hand-built garden dojo. Immerse yourself in the sounds of his palm forest, deep in the Pe‘ahi Stream valley, on Maui’s rugged and rural north coast. This new edit of Threshold is a meditative video created by artist duo Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler / Morris and The Canary Project), in collaboration with The Merwin Conservancy, as an offering of sanctuary in a time of crisis. The filmmakers wish to thank W.S. Merwin and Paula Merwin for generously welcoming them to film at their home in 2016.
We put the word out to our DRONE alums from years past, plus folx who were runners up from this years’ submission process.
Gleb Kanasevich New York, NY
Peter Aaron Kingston, NY
Chris Masullo Brooklyn, NY
FEAST OF AMNESIA St. Louis, MO
l’Artiste ordinaire X Robert Kirkbride: Bourdon 50Hz New York, NY
Sun @ 5:30 – 6:30am
Eric Fraser: Sunrise Raga – solo bansuri with original drone Hudson, NY
HariPrakaash Etheric Gong SoundScapes Kingston, NY
DRONE PARTNERS AND COLLABORATORS
24-HOUR DRONE’s digital reworking would not be possible without the thoughtful curation and support of our international partners and friends:
Le Guess Who?, Netherlands // Lumen Project, Sweden // WGXC/Wave Farm, Hudson // Canada Resonance Agency, Montreal // Islington Mill Public Access TV, UK // Music Box Villiage, New Orleans // Automatic Aleatoric, Chicago // Music on the Rebound and Pauline Oliveros Trust, NYC // Notice Recordings, Kingston/New Orleans // Live From Quarantine, Hudson // Corrector Records, Minneapolis // Dustbunny, Philadelphia // The Lot Radio, NYC // Sayler/Morris, NY
🔭 THANK YOU DRONER DONORS 🔭
Whether you converted your 24-HOUR DRONE ticket to a donation, exchanged your ticket for 24-HOUR DRONE 2021, or supported us with a standalone donation, your support is invaluable and we couldn’t do it without you.