If you thought that you were the only girl in your school who fantasizes regularly about making out to La Monte Young’s “Second Dream of the High-Tension Line Stepdown Transformer” or the only boy who puts on Terry Riley’s “A Rainbow in Curved Air” while he lifts weights in the garage, then get ready to make some new friends. Electric Temple, a new production company/label based in Brooklyn, NY, has announced what they are (presumptuously) calling the “first annual” Drone Marathon at Brooklyn, NY’s Issue Project Room, and it’s all going down tomorrow, Saturday, October 16, 2010.
Headlining the event will be none other than John Cage’s old Pictionary partner Tony Conrad, who is dusting off his 1961 piece “Performing Three Loops for Performers and Tape Recorders” for the occasion. Other performers include multimedia artist and Touch recording artist Phill Niblock, Marcia Bassett, brooklyn newcomer Kyle Bobby Dunn, Sarah Lipstate (a.k.a. Noveller), and Electric Temple founder Ancient Ocean, who will perform a minimal/phasing drone (how original, right?) with Tom Carter, Michael Hentz, and Century Plants.
But if John Cage is a Mortal Kombat character to you, this all might sound a little confusing. Fair enough. Let’s just cut to the press release. “Modeled after the theories of La Monte Young, Tony Conrad, John Cage, and other experimental forefathers, the drone marathon is meant to be experienced as a living sound installation, built for those to meditate on an experience much like that of La Monte Young’s ‘Dream House,’ Maryanne Amacher’s ‘Music for Sound Joined Rooms,’ and the patience-testing performances of Brian Eno and Robert Fripp.” See? You like U2 and King Crimson and Bowie and all that shit. It’s cool. You’re cool.
The First Annual Drone Marathon Schedule:
• Ancient Ocean/Tom Carter/Century Plants — 2pm
• Noveller/Shahin Motia (Oneida) duo — 3:30pm
• Kyle Bobby Dunn (solo) — 4:30pm
• Phill Niblock — 6pm
• Tony Conrad — 8pm
• Marcia Bassett — 10pm