My 33 1/3 book, on Aphex Twin's Selected Ambient Works Volume II, was the 5th bestselling book in the series in 2014. It's available at Amazon (including Kindle) and via your local bookstore. • F.A.Q.Key Tags: #saw2for33third, #sound-art, #classical, #juntoElsewhere: Twitter, SoundCloud, Instagram

Listening to art.
Playing with audio.
Sounding out technology.
Composing in code.

The Drone in Nature / The Drone Is Nature (MP3)

Those who argue against the art of the drone as music might take issue with the drone being in some way considered inhuman, because the drone is closely associated with synthesis, with the hum of the industrial machine, with the whir of the computer hard drive. But, as such forces as the cicada and the river have shown us, the drone is arguably as natural a sound as we have, a sound inherent in nature.

The drone in film sound may have come to represent what the title of a cut to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ score to The Social Network aptly termed “The Gentle Hum of Anxiety.” And true enough it is a sonic emblem of human discomfort. But it is also a depiction of the wider natural world in which human existence occurs.

Not all natural occurring drones are as monotonous, as monolithic — as droning — as that of the gathering cicada or the roiling river. The irregularities of naturally occurring drones, for example, are the focus of “Wasp!” This is the latest release from the great Touch Radio podcast series. It goes uncredited as to who recorded it (the photo is by one Mike Harding), but what it is is a twenty-plus minute recording of wasps, building in force, slowing, circling, dispersing, communing (MP3).

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Track originally posted at touchradio.org.uk.

By Marc Weidenbaum

Tags: , / Comment: 1 ]

One Comment

  1. [ Posted September 2, 2011, at 4:49 am ]

    If not by Mike Harding, I wonder if this recording was made by Russel Haswell? There was a similar piece on his ‘Wild Tracks’ album – “Wasp-War (Featuring Apache AH Mk1 Duet)”, which was also recorded in Suffolk. Maybe just coincidence…

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*
*

Subscribe without commenting