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This is not an article on the future of electronic music, nor are we going to claim that we're reporting about the breakthrough of an obscure musical current into the mainstream. But still, it seems quite obvious that more and more people are waking up to the underground phenomenon and mysterious beauty of drone music.

We fully support this, as there are whole worlds of sound still waiting to be discovered. So what are drones anyway? Back in the early 70s, many artists from the most different camps, inspired by the chanting of buddhist monks, started experimenting with using overtones and reverb-rich pads as the basis for their compositions. A drone is basically a tone that is held continuously for a long period of time, allowing it to expand and change in an extremely subtle way. The deepness of these compositons give them a spiritual feeling and allow the listener to immerse fully into the sound. By adding layers of the same or a similar sound in different pitches, pieces gradually build up intensity. The last few years have seen a significant increase in the amount of artists involved in drone music, as modern computer technologies have made it increasingly easy to build these aural landscapes from scratch. One of the labels paving the way and defining the genre has been "drone records". Stefan Knappe is the man behind this outfit, which has released an incredible 74 7'', which have all but sold out. You can even ask to subscribe to their catalogue, which means that you'll get the latest copies of new EPs as well as reprints for special prices.

Now, things are getting even bigger, as Knappe has managed to organise a concert, which will bring the music of Russian composer Evgeny Voronovsky, better known as Cisfinitum, to a huge church in Bremen. Voronovsky has quickly shot to fame by using many different instruments in his highly emotional pieces, among them a bunch of old Russian analogue synthesizers. As the evening will be organised by REM (Rapid Ear Movement), a local promoter with an excellent reputation, and as the accompanying act will present some highly interesting organ music, it seems a sure thing that both the press as well as many music lovers will appear in high numbers.

There could hardly be a better location than this one and hardly a better man to present the event. So try to be there on November 24th and witness one of the few moments, when drone music makes it to the concert halls.

Homepage: Drone Records
Homepage: Rapid Ear Movement

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