MAY 18 & MAY 19, 2024

12PM-12PM

Featuring

Dragonchild, Cowboy Sadness, Alex Zhang Hungtai, Nadah El-Shazly, S.P.A.L.L., Linda Mary Montano, mirrored fatality, plus curated blocks by RVNG and Dripping plus much more 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.

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

24-HOUR DRONE will be streamed live on Wave Farm Radio (wavefarm.org/listen) broadcast live on WGXC 90.7-FM: Radio for Open Ears. (wgxc.org)

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.

PLEASE NOTE:

– 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.

open call

To further expand our curatorial considerations and better call in our global DRONE community, Basilica is once again taking submissions. We are specifically looking for music and sound that:

– Uses creative instrumentation (i.e. not laptops, synths or guitars as primary instrument)

– Is derived from old and/or marginalized traditions of music making

– Pushes the boundaries of what drone can be

There is no guarantee that those who submit will be asked to perform — space is extremely limited and typically the volume of submissions is quite high. However, all music will be listened to and considered, and may also be invited to participate in one of Basilica’s many other programs or even next year’s DRONE. 

A note on the fee: 24-HOUR DRONE is a massive, complicated production that, in addition to ticket revenue, cannot be produced without donations, grants, and other kind considerations. Collecting this modest application fee is one of the many ways we are seeking support. However, if the fee presents you with an insurmountable financial hardship, please reach out via email to info@basilicahudson.org.

date change

Our buildings and grounds continue to evolve as we make real the dream of a net zero campus. Further renovations to the Gallery building and the Main Hall’s windows and roof will greatly enhance the comfort, usability, and efficiency of our spaces, but the construction timeline has once again necessitated moving DRONE to May.

ticket price

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 $24 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? 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/

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/

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.

“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

Partners & Sponsors

DRONE clock logo by Dylan Kraus


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