Gonçalo F Cardoso / Ruben Pater ‎
A Study Into 21st Century Drone Acoustics [LP; Discrepant]

As far as overall execution is concerned, and if colored vinyl is subtracted as a factor (since Discrepant doesn’t really ‘do’ that to my knowledge), A Study Into 21st Century Drone Acoustics, by Gonçalo F. Cardoso and Ruben Pater ‎(the former runs D-pant, the latter a noted dronesmith), is the best product ever submitted to my Cerberus mailbox (which is, in case you want me to write about ya: 2714 Bretshire Drive, Corpus Christi, TX, 78414). In addition to the silver jacket, shiny-black wax and sound offered by the spotless LP, the accompanying booklet details several varieties of drone, from MQ-1 Predator to the pesky ol’ X-47B. It’s inspiring, it’s interesting, it’s timely, it’s… again, it’s simply the best. But on, on, ON, ONNNN to the music, shall we? The first side is a straight-up found-sound experience, with a clip of each drone specified in the booklet zooming by like one of those numbers storming the cornfields in Interstellar. The second side doubles down on drone, but from a different angle, as Cardoso carves a few nice drifts out of some chunks of the audio found on Side A. It’s where A Study Into 21st Century Drone Acoustics finds its voice, a perfect mix of headiness and tech-geek savvy, interspersed with unexpected elements of the World persuasion. Another can’t-miss prospect that you can pick up, in the States, from Forced Exposure (it’s sold out over at Experimedia). Happy trails, drone fanatics…

Links: Discrepant


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