Tod Dockstader - Drone
  Year :   1962
  Location :   USA
  Worktype :   Tape Composition
  Materials:   -
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  Work Details  
  Drone started one way and went another way (like the Telemetry Tapes did, three years later). I had collected recordings of racing cars in motion, because I liked the droning sound they made, the Doppler-effect of pitch change (without timbral change) as they passed the microphone. To find an equivalent sound that would be playable - more controllable - I recorded a lot of sustained tones on an acoustic guitar, Dopplering them with tape speed changes. But, in use it all became, for me, boring. It was the sort of sound that later became the material for minimalist music. So, in the process of working on it, the cars just drove away, though some of the guitar survived, along with the title. The musical impetus for the piece was Japanese court music, Gagaku, which Id heard a lot of and liked. I tried to combine that sort of sound with some violence - the violence I felt that was lurking, almost unheard, under the restraints of Gagaku. So the piece goes back and forth between drone and demolition, a kind of desert demolition derby. Sound Sources * two generators * water (in motion) * guitar (played and hit) * coil spring * white noise (from FM) * piano (struck) * toy flute(penny whistle) Accessed 15.11.06 from