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Favorite Drone Albums?

Post by dooj88 » Wed Jun 09, 2021 10:52 am

recommend me your favorites!

my very favorite is by Gregg Kowalsky: Through the Cardial Window. I believe the record was developed around his thesis in experimentation with treated acoustic sounds. it's the perfect drone album - enhancing the inherently unstable timbre of acoustic instruments and drawing out the details to create rhythm and moment, and adding in electronic instruments to blur everything together. dude has a master's degree in electronic music composition, so he knows what's up. i remember one of the first times i listened to this album lying on my bed, i physically felt like i was floating. first and only time that's happened while listening to music.. sober or otherwise. (i think it was the 2nd track..)



my second is by Growing: The Soul Of The Rainbow And The Harmony Of Light. it has such a variety of sounds on it, but the most memorable is the track Anaheim II, which sounds like looped/sustained chords through a metalzone pedal or something at first listen. but there's so much movement in the higher frequencies while the main focus sort of sustains and drifts around. i feel like this track helped me learn how to pick out details of what others might just hear as a static drone.



honorable mention is Loscil's Plume. i've listened to this waaay more than Growing, but i ranked that higher because of the ah-ha moment there. Loscil's music is like a warm comfy blanket on a cold rainy day. this might almost be considered down-tempo, since it does have some rhythmic components, but the focus is definitely on texture.


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Re: Favorite Drone Albums?

Post by x2mirko » Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:13 am

Eliane Radigue - Trilogie De La Mort:


ELEH - Homage Series:


Richard Lainhart - Ten Thousand Shades Of Blue (this is just an excerpt):


Calineczka - What Is Music And What Should It Be:


Matthias Urban - Passagen:


Rastko Lazic - Tones And Drones:


Lots of the work of Pe Lang, e.g. Meditation On Serge


Maybe a bit beyond "drone", but in a similar spirit and beautiful: Kali Malone - The Sacrificial Code:

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Post by ATW » Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:20 am

That Gregg Kowalsky record is fantastic, thanks for sharing! Yeah it's got quite a range of timbres and kind of captures the melodical/chordal side of drone I am drawn to.

A couple ones that have stood out to me:
Christopher Bissonnette • Periphery


Christopher Willits • Horizon


These two are maybe moving in a more traditional ambient direction w/ more 'structure'
Kyle Bobby Dunn • Infinite Sadness


Alva Noto • Xerrox Île
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Post by oldenjon » Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:42 am

Some of my drone(y) faves



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Post by EASYBOY » Wed Jun 09, 2021 3:54 pm

KEVIN DRUMM - IMPERIAL HORIZON
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Post by luketeaford » Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:04 pm

Coil's TIME MACHINES, Queens of the Circulating Library, and Constant Shallowness Leads to Evil (perhaps not purely drone but the drones on there are out of this world).
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Post by nostalghia » Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:30 pm

+1 for Kowalsky, Growing, Loscil, Radigue, Lainhart, Bissonnette, Willits, Dunn, Celer and Time Machines.
Already into and love all of these. And thanks for all others mentioned- will have to check out some that were not previously on my radar. A few not mentioned yet that I enjoy:







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Post by dooj88 » Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:33 pm

sweet, thanks for sharing everyone! i'm familiar with some of these artists, but not necessarily the linked albums. my friend circle doesn't really indulge this music, so it's hard to get good recommendations. i love listening to drones in the morning, when i'm still receptive and pensive sipping coffee (we'll see how long that lasts when WFH ends..) anyway, glad to have some more to check out.
KEVIM DRUMM - IMPERIAL HORIZON
- this reminds me of Matthew Shaw (of divkid co-host fame) albums, specifically the Totemic Topologies. i adore those and can' wholeheartedly recommend them. i dig it.

luke, i haven't come across Coil yet but from your description sounds intriguing. i sampled a few songs and they have a very wide sonic palette - could be fun to jump into... one of them reminded me of an absolute classic i totally forgot about:

Pelt - Ayahuasca. you might have heard of the late jack rose, this was his first band before the american primitivism/raga/ragtime records. it's acoustic drone - with guitar, bowed bass, banjo and exotic instruments like a tanpura, tibetan bowls, chord organ and concertina. the first time i heard this i was driving through the sierra nevadas at night under a full moon, with snow and fog occasionally rolling in on the way to Yosemite. a magical background for a magical record.


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Post by dooj88 » Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:44 pm

shit, i almost completely forgot about our own famous wiggler - Keith Fullerton Whitman! all my musicbee playlists got deleted somehow, and i have a pretty large library, so i need to do some sorting.

comfy, melodic and texture rich:


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Post by nostalghia » Wed Jun 09, 2021 4:51 pm

Yes! KFW is excellent!

I missed including an old favorite too:


And recently came across this guy. Quiet, subtle stuff, really nice. This is from his album, "Terminus".
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Post by oldgearguy » Mon Jun 28, 2021 6:12 am

One that I always enjoy is Nurse With Wound's - Funeral Music for Perez Prado


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Post by Granular » Mon Jun 28, 2021 12:14 pm

oldenjon wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:42 am
Some of my drone(y) faves
That is amazing. Never heard of him.

I just listened to the Album Love is a Stream on YT. That is just awesome. :sb:


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Post by oldenjon » Mon Jun 28, 2021 12:49 pm

Granular wrote:
Mon Jun 28, 2021 12:14 pm
oldenjon wrote:
Wed Jun 09, 2021 11:42 am
Some of my drone(y) faves
That is amazing. Never heard of him.

I just listened to the Album Love is a Stream on YT. That is just awesome. :sb:

Yeah definitely one of my faves. I love the blend of drone shoegaze ambient and glitchy noise. Masterful


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Post by metamorphmuses » Mon Jun 28, 2021 11:24 pm

I still am deeply attached to the first drone album I got: The Hafler Trio, Intoutof
The Hafler Trio is what I aspire to musically — I have no qualms, quite the contrary, in affirming that.
So many other Hafler Trio albums, but especially:

Kill The King ; Mastery of Money
Cleave: 9 Great Openings ; No More Twain, Of One Flesh: 11 Unequivocal Obsecrations ; No Man Put Asunder: 7 Fruitful And Seamless Unions

Time Machines (Coil), as previously mentioned by luketeaford

Nurse with Wound:
Soliloquy for Lilith

Lull:
Cold Summer
Continue
Moments

Arcane Device:
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Envoi In Cumin

Thomas Köner:
Teimo
Permafrost

Lustmord:
The Place Where The Black Stars Hang
Carbon/Core
[The Dark Places Of The Earth]










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Post by Granular » Sat Aug 07, 2021 11:18 am

Just discovered Yann Novak on YT.

Wow this is exactly what I like. I love this kind of noisy Tracks, as if they were recorded in a Foggy Swamp.

It suits to this rainy day.








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Post by dooj88 » Wed Oct 06, 2021 11:06 am

Yann Novak
sweet, appears he's on spotify. it's a rainy day here too, gonna put it on and bliss out

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Post by Granular » Tue Nov 16, 2021 2:27 pm

Walt McClements – A Hole In The Fence

A fantastic Accordion Drone Album



My favorite Track



I discovered it listening to a Radio Show The Return of the Living Drone on The Internet Archive


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Re: Favorite Drone Albums?

Post by bibleblack » Tue Nov 16, 2021 2:47 pm

My favourite drone album

NYZ - PPLZ-SYNF

Well worth reading up on him some great theories and stuff plus Aphex Twin is a fan.



Also second time machine by coil and soliloquy for lillith

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Re: Favorite Drone Albums?

Post by agorathamantis » Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:19 am


this album is one i constantly return to.

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Post by starthief » Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:40 am

agorathamantis wrote:
Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:19 am
this album is one i constantly return to.
An excellent one!

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Post by dugoutcanoe » Fri Nov 26, 2021 11:29 pm

There's a lot of great stuff here. I thought this thread could use some Phil Niblock

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Re: Favorite Drone Albums?

Post by medium Rob » Fri Nov 26, 2021 11:45 pm

duane pitre - organized pitches occurring in time
rafael total - violence of discovery / calm of acceptance
kevin drumm - imperial distortion

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Post by Granular » Sat Nov 27, 2021 3:36 am

starthief wrote:
Fri Nov 26, 2021 8:40 am
agorathamantis wrote:
Wed Nov 24, 2021 12:19 am
this album is one i constantly return to.
An excellent one!
Sounds a lot like Jefre Cantu-Ledesma.

What a great Album :yay:

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