“Simply put, Drums & Drones aims to ‘go inside’ the resonance of a drum. What does this mean? Well, to start with, the sound of a drum is actually quite complex: its tonal make-up consists of numerous tones, not just a single tone. Given this, if we were to take an ‘aural snapshot’ of the sound of a drum, and zoom in on that snapshot, we can then pick apart and isolate some of the many individual frequencies that comprise the overall resonance of the drum. The method described here is a key component to many Drums & Drones compositions. To go further, another integral facet of Drums & Drones is that it is sonically organized according to the Just Intonation tuning system. Just Intonation is often referred to as ‘nature’s tuning system’ as it is based on a naturally occurring acoustic phenomenon known as the overtone series. Without going into too much detail (more info is on my website, what distinguishes Just Intonation from ‘standard’ Western tuning (12-tone equal temperament) is that all of the tones in JI are based on whole-number relationships. Crystal Drone is based on a drum roll. Specific frequencies are isolated and boosted while the remaining frequencies are greatly reduced.”   Brian Chase

“Building on over a decade of work, Drums & Drones II follows master drummer and composer Brian Chase (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) into unchartered sonic realms. All of the pieces are based on the acoustic resonance of a single drum with each track designed to emphasize a different method of sonic investigation.

The project draws inspiration from Brian’s time working at La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Dream House in TriBeCa, NYC. As he spent more time immersed within the installation, its complexity and beauty started to reveal itself in its magnitude. On the technical side, this was partly due to the distinct tuning system – Just Intonation – that was used to create the sound and the way it ‘plays with’ the listening process. Brian grew intent on finding ways to adapt this approach to his primary instruments of drums and percussion.

The album was recorded over a four week period as artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts in Northern California. Spending day and night in a secluded barn at the top of a hill, the residency provided the opportunity to live and work immersed in the creative process. This focus very much relates to the way in which the music functions: as the listener tunes into the sonic characteristics and pace of each track, its meditative properties are gradually revealed. ” ICM

Written by: Brian Chase

Release Date: 8 June 2018

Label: @incontextmusic

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