24-HOUR DRONE ’24
& MAY 19
Doors at 11:30am Saturday
seating/lounging space is first come, first served and not necessarily guaranteed
re-entry is allowed – please be prepared to show your wristband
18+ but under okay with guardian
“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
“Attendees will leave with a new sense of consciousness, free to be different people and lead new lives.”
– Bob van Heur, 24-HOUR DRONE Co-Founder / Le Guess Who? Festival Founder
Basilica Hudson and Le Guess Who? present in collaboration with Sarah Van Buren the return of 24-HOUR DRONE: EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND AND MUSIC.
24 hours of unbroken DRONE for ’24!
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.
Longtime 24-HOUR DRONE co-curators Le Guess Who? will present a special set by Dragonchild. The solo project of Ethiopian saxophonist DA Mekonnen (of Debo Band fame), whose eponymous 2023 debut was celebrated as a pioneering and genre-hopping effort by outlets including FADER, The Guardian, Bandcamp, and more. “As Dragonchild, Mekonnen showcases a production style and instrumental mastery that sits perfectly between the experimental and the accessible.” – The Guardian
DRONE ’24 will also feature curated programming blocks by other imaginative partners:
- Visionary record label and Brooklyn-based music institution RVNG Intl.
- Eclectic, international, and cutting edge booking agency Heavy Trip, presenting sets by both Alex Zhang Hungtai and Nadah El-Shazly
- Dripping, a nightlife and annual festival promoter “exploring the authentic connections between sound system-driven club music and the experimental avant-garde”
With additional performers including:
- Cowboy Sadness, the “jambient” supergroup featuring Peter Silberman (The Antlers), David Moore (Bing & Ruth), and Nick Principe (Port St. Willow)
- S.P.A.L.L. (Kenji Garland, Nancy Kim + Winslow), a trio of fearless improvising musicians local to the Hudson Valley
- mirrored fatality, an underground interdependent experimental noise punk farmer duo mobilizing a warrior community for mutual aid and other liberations
Plus a very special dawn appearance by foundational performance artist (and area local) Linda Mary Montano
We’re also holding an Open Call for Performers – send us your sounds!
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, not necessarily guaranteed, 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 or pets.
– We recommend warm and comfortable clothes, bottles for refill at Basilica’s water fountain, and endurance-enhancing snacks.
what should I pack?
Basilica is a unique industrial space with a wide expanse of brand new floor that will fill up for this gathering. Bring a camping pad/yoga mat/pillows/cushions/sleeping bags/blankets, but please be mindful: limit the gear you bring in order to maximize space and comfort for all DRONERs.
food + beverage
Food and drink will be available throughout DRONE:
You are also welcome to leave, eat, and return as you please
safer spaces guidelines
We are an inclusive space: BE KIND
Respect others, the space, and yourself
Refrain from all forms of hateful language or behavior
Please: if you don’t feel well, take care and stay home
If you or someone else needs help, find one of our nighttime Safer Space monitors (wearing a light-up blue armband) or a member of Basilica staff
Get home safe!
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 needs, 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.
24-HOUR DRONE is a particularly challenging production that demands much of its performers and event staff. It also features as much live music (or more!) as one would usually see in a typical weekend-long music festival. Additionally, in 2023 we were happy to offer heavily discounted admission after 6am on Sunday and will do so again this year if tickets remain available.
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?
With the motto of Listening is the Way Forward, Le Guess Who? is hailed as one of the most forward-thinking festivals around. A music lover’s marathon, Le Guess Who? exists to promote sounds that are often overlooked, and to platform fresh perspectives on what is possible in music.
From 7-10 November 2024, Le Guess Who? once again takes over the entire city of Utrecht, The Netherlands, with over 150 artists performing in pop venues, theaters, churches, clubs, warehouses, and more. More info via www.leguesswho.com.
Sarah Van Buren (SVB) is an artist, educator, sound maker, dee jay and raver based in Stottville, NY who works with music, sound and collaborative performance to investigate buried histories, communal ritual and collective resonance. She started a DJ school in 2019 which evolved into the Hudson Valley-based DJ collective Community Rave Network, and is co-founder of the NYC-based video art/party/performance collective CHERYL. She is an occasional guest DJ on WFMU’s Radio Row program, and a former programmer at WGXC, Wave Farm’s community radio station. She is co-curator of Basilica Hudson’s 24-HOUR DRONE music + sound festival since its inception in 2015, and is certified in Deep Listening® by The Center for Deep Listening at RPI.
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/
RVNG is a Brooklyn-based music institution that operates on few but heavily fortified principles, dealing with forward-reaching artists sometimes categorized as electronic, avant, free, fried, bonked, etc.
RVNG seeks to appease collector fandom with extravagant packaging and to remind hopeful audiophile generations of the sonic spectacle that transforms the surrounding airspace when needle presses vinyl.
As for the correct pronunciation of RVNG, please consult the cosmos. More at: https://igetrvng.com/
Dripping is a nightlife and festival organizing effort exploring the authentic connections between sound system-driven club music and the experimental avant-garde. More info can be found here.
Alex Zhang Hungtai
After retiring his project Dirty Beaches, Alex Zhang Hungtai has been focusing on explorations of improvised music, Free Jazz, and his new role as a composer. His newer compositions predominantly work with saxophone, synthesizers, and percussion, furthering his research on ritualistic music of liminality. Zhang works as a composer for film soundtracks, along with acting in independent films. He currently lives in New York City. Listen.
The atmospheric & sprawling debut from Cowboy Sadness – a new collaborative project from The Antlers, Bing & Ruth, & Port St. Willow – is the sound of the desert’s vast, ragged landscape.
The stylistic signatures of each member – Moore’s heavy, undulating organs, Silberman’s melancholic guitars, & Principe’s galloping, hypnotic drums – form thick textures, cavernous spaces, & deep grooves.
dragonchild takes the exploration of Ethiopian music DA Mekonnen began with Debo Band and explodes it into vivid, three-dimensional space. Where Debo called back to the sounds of 1970s Addis and added original material along those same lines, dragonchild shatters traditions and boundaries, incorporating sampled material, field recordings, experiments in high and low fidelity, and the throughline that unites the diverse sounds, layers of Mekonnen’s rich and ecstatic saxophone.
Linda Mary Montano
is a visionary figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work since the mid-1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years. Her artwork is starkly autobiographical and often concerned with personal and spiritual transformation. Montano’s influence is wide ranging – she has been featured at museums including The New Museum in New York, MOCA San Francisco and the ICA in London. You can find her free videos on Youtube.
is an underground interdependent Kapampangan and South Asian xenotr@nsbinary experimental noise punk farmer duo combining performance art, music, spoken word, film, photography, sculpture, upcycled garments, anti-imperialist education, and healing justice practice spaces to mobilize a warrior community responding to transnational calls-to-action for mutual aid, land sovereignty, and prison abolition. Listen.
Nadah El Shazly
Nadah El Shazly is a producer, vocalist and sound artist from Cairo, Egypt. Her music combines expressive 19th century musical concepts from her homeland with contemporary, borderless forays into electronic and improvisational idioms. She has toured the world extensively, featuring at festivals including Le Guess Who?, REWIRE, Irtijal, and FIMAV, among many others. Her debut album, Ahwar, landed at #12 on The Wire’s ‘Best Albums of 2017’. Beyond her own music, El Shazly is an inspired collaborator, working closely with like-minded Egyptian musicians Maurice Louca and Sam Shalabi (Land of Kush). Recently, she’s been making brain-scrambling, beat-driven music as Pollution Opera, a newly minted duo with irreverent Welsh sound artist Elvin Brandhi. Currently, she is wrapping production on a pair of film scores and preparing to release her sophomore album, due in spring of 2024. Listen.
Born in 2022 in the waters of the Widow Jane Mine in Rosendale, NY, S.P.A.L.L. (Kenji Garland, Nancy Kim, and Winslow) plays harsh environments for rare earths and music.
DRONE clock logo by Dylan Kraus