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 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.

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. 24-HOUR DRONE’s immersive and meditative nature emphasizes communion. This is a shared experience devoted to unifying players and listeners alike.

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

24-HOUR DRONE HISTORY

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. Artists to have performed at Basilica’s 24-HOUR DRONE include Prurient, SUUNS, Veena Chandra, Roddy Bottum, Lee Ranaldo, Brian Chase & Yonatan Gat, Big | Brave, Jessica Moss, Bobby Previte, Patrick Higgins, Arone Dyer, Greg Fox, Lea Bertucci, Randy Gibson and more.

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Past Supporters & Partners

Second Ward Foundation // New Albion Records // The Collaborative // Zone 6 Management // // BSP Kingston // Output Agency // Lumberyard / Canada Resonance Agency // Islington Mill Public Access TV // Music Box Village // Automatic Aleatoric // Music on the Rebound and Pauline Oliveros Trust // Notice Recordings // Live From Quarantine // Corrector Records // Dustbunny // The Lot Radio // Sayler/Morris // all DRONER DONORS