This episode guest hosted and produced by doom rapper and drone artist garbageface.
We’re taught culturally – and music is contextual to whatever culture you’re raised in – but generally speaking, we’re taught that music is usually something that involves rhythm and lyrics. Elements that your mind can count and hold on to.
Drone music, in many ways, stands in opposition to that. Drone music is intentionally formless. But that doesn’t mean that drone music doesn’t have structure. Nor does it mean that drone music does not require skill to compose.
Throughout the month of November and for part of December, I ran an art installation called The Drone Room at 165 King Street in Peterborough. The purpose of the drone room was to create a space where essentially the only sound occupying the room would be a drone played at a relatively loud volume. And nothing more.
The purpose of the drone room was to give people a meditative space. That was done not only through the drone, but through the various rules that were associated with entering the drone room, which included: no use of cell phones; no photography; no video, no audio recording and; minimal, if any, conversation.
We live in a world where public space and where space in general has been divided up in a way that does not give us room to think. The drone room was meant to be a place to think. And to just be in.
Performed live by garbageface.