24-HOUR DRONE 2023
& MAY 28
Photay + Friends
& more artists TBA
Basilica Hudson and Le Guess Who? present in collaboration with Sarah Van Buren the return of 24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC for the first time in-person since 2019.
An immersive event and all-encompassing experience, 24-HOUR DRONE is a roving, international series featuring musicians and sound artists experimenting within the spectrum of drone to create 24 hours of unbroken, uninterrupted sound. An event that embodies Basilica Hudson at its most experimental and experiential, pushing the boundaries of what a communal, conceptual experience can be. 24-HOUR DRONE’s immersive and meditative nature emphasizes communion. This is a shared experience devoted to unifying players and listeners alike.
This year, we wade deeper into the durational and site-specific element of DRONE. We are excited to announce our first four performers – each a singular artist forging new sonic pathways – all of whom will be playing a special three-hour endurance set which will bookend the weekend: C. Lavender, Fuji|||||||||||ta, Photay + Friends, Raven Chacon & more artists TBA.
Click below to expand on each heading and learn more about what to expect from the return of DRONE.
how does it work?
24-HOUR DRONE takes place in Basilica Hudson’s 6,000 sq. ft. Main Hall with the performers situated in the center of the room and attendees on the floor around them. Each performance blends into the other to create twenty-four hours of unbroken, uninterrupted sound (no applause between acts). Attendees are free to come and go over the twenty-four hours, but those who make the commitment to this long-duration work will be rewarded with the intangible feeling of meditative contentment, pure bliss, and communal collaboration.
Basilica Hudson is a unique industrial factory setting with limited space. Attendees are encouraged to bring a camping pad/yoga mat and pillows/cushions/sleeping bags/blankets. Please be respectful and limit the gear that you bring in order to maximize space and comfort for all DRONERs.
– Space for endurance lounging/listening is limited and will be on a first-come-first served basis.
– Bring ONE mat per person, not more.
– No motorized/inflating air mattresses.
– No chairs.
– No coolers.
– No dogs, no pets.
– We recommend warm and comfortable clothes, bottles for refill at Basilica’s water fountain, and endurance-enhancing snacks.
To mark our first 24-HOUR DRONE in four years, we’re wading deeper into the durational and site-specific element of drone, presenting artists committed to playing either three-hour or one-hour sets. Because we will feature a smaller and tighter roster of artists (most who are close to confirmed, full lineup to be announced shortly), we will not be having an open call for sumbissions.
Due to our current (and very exciting!) renovation of Basilica’s West Wing, we are pushing 24-HOUR DRONE back one month to the last weekend of May (also Memorial Day weekend), Saturday May 27 – Sunday May 28. In an amazing turn of droney synchronicity, this will also allow DRONE to coincide with our friends Weird Canada’s Drone Day, an annual celebration of drone, community, and experimental sounds celebrated by communities and droners around the world. It will also, hopefully, be a lot warmer in our big factory!
Also of note: our friends at Drone not Drones in Minneapolis are finally back as well with their first event since 2020, on Fri Jan 20 – Sat Jan 21. Check them out!
24-HOUR DRONE, like its autumnal counterpart Basilica Soundscape, is at the heart of Basilica’s mission to present cutting-edge art and music in our riverfront factory. But these wildly imaginative programs are also expensive to produce. Much has changed since we last presented these events on such a large scale, and we need to adapt to rising costs, from production, marketing, hospitality, staff time, and more than ever, the need to pay artists fairly. As a nonprofit, we remain deeply committed to the long-term sustainability of these programs, and to paying working artists.
When you purchase a ticket to 24-HOUR DRONE, you get to experience 15 acts over the course of 24 hours. That’s about $6.50 per performance, compared to the average cost of attending a ~3 hour concert. We hope you’ll consider joining us for a this moment in time.
If you’d like to make an additional donation outside of your ticket purchase, your support will help to ensure that 24-HOUR DRONE is in the black this year.
About the curation
“Drone” is an expansive term, meaning any sound made with sustained tones. The use of drone dates back to humankind’s earliest music, and is found in cultures the world over. Drone is also a key element in many musical genres from the 20th century and today, including free jazz, electroacoustic, noise, ambient, and other forays into the experimental and avantgarde.
The leading voices in the most exciting drone-based music today are many BIPOC, women and queer folx drawing from these disparate traditions, or using alternative lenses to investigate otherwise mainstream traditions. We are also lucky that so many incredible music and sound artists live and work in the Hudson Valley. Hence, the 24-HOUR DRONE artist lineup is a reflection of that diversity, as well as our local community – from as many musical and sound disciplines as possible, utilizing a variety of instrumentation.
About our partners
Le Guess Who? is a Celebration of Sound in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Across four days Le Guess Who? takes over the entire city center of Utrecht, with over 150 artists performing in pop venues, theaters, churches, warehouses, and clubs. U? is the participative and freely accessible day program of Le Guess Who?, created for and with the city of Utrecht. COSMOS is our hybrid platform, which translates the festival’s mission to an online environment.
Throughout the years, Le Guess Who? has grown to become a leading international festival, known for its unparalleled presentation of genre-challenging music. In 2022, visitors from 50 different countries travelled to Utrecht in November to attend the festival. https://leguesswho.com/
Wave Farm is a non-profit arts organization driven by experimentation with broadcast media and the airwaves. A pioneer of the Transmission Arts genre, Wave Farm programs provide access to transmission technologies and support artists and organizations that engage with media as an art form. Wave Farm Radio encompasses many radio streams available at wavefarm.org/listen and the Wave Farm Radio App, including WGXC 90.7-FM: Radio for Open Ears, a full-power, non-commercial, listener-supported station in New York’s Upper Hudson Valley operating out of studios in Hudson and the Wave Farm Study Center in Acra. https://wavefarm.org/
An interdisciplinary sound artist, sound healing practitioner, and educator, who creates immersive aural landscapes for listeners; experiences which are intensely physical, emotional, and ultimately cathartic. She is the author of the book Transcendent Waves: How Listening Shapes Our Creative Lives (Anthology Editions).
A sound artist, organist and composer based in Japan, whose artistic practice centers on the exploration, manipulation and presentation of sounds commonly found within nature, including the use of air, water and even the echolocation of bats. The crux of his performances is his hand-built pipe organ based on the traditional Japanese musical concept of GAGAKU, a slow and elegant form of classical music found in the 7th century.
Photay + Friends
Led by composer, drummer, DJ, producer and musical polymath Evan Shornstein who has recorded music that organically brings together intricate chamber-pop arrangements, post-techno electronic textures, and a love of Black Atlantic polyrhythms. Most recently Photay collaborated with Tanzanian gogo musician Msafiri Zawose and the prolific California-based musician Carlos Niño.
A Pulitzer Prize–winning composer, performer, and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation. As a solo artist, collaborator, and a member of Postcommodity from 2009 to 2018, Chacon has exhibited, performed, or had works performed all over the world. Since 2004, he has mentored more than three hundred Native high school composers in writing new string quartets for the Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP).
DRONE clock logo by Dylan Kraus