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Pandora’s Drone Box (MP3s)

The retro-futurist work of instrument designer Arius Blaze involves Edison-era-looking electronics that are, in fact, devices of exploratory music-making.

Packed inside the wooden box that is Drone Scape X, shown here, is just such a sonic engine. Its capabilities are described by Blaze as follows: “Based on step shifting oscillation run through a built in delay — capable of extremely tight notated repeats and up to about 1.5 seconds.” To further show off the piece, he’s recorded these six drones. The results range from chaotic noise-mongering (MP3) to raging industrial shudders (MP3) to glitch-laced white noise (MP3) to sheets of bright static (MP3) to android vocalizations (MP3) to field recordings of alien mission control (MP3).

[audio:http://folktek.com/arius/current/dronescape/dronescape1.mp3|titles=”Drone Scape 1″|artists=Arius Blaze] [audio:http://folktek.com/arius/current/dronescape/dronescape2.mp3|titles=”Drone Scape 2″|artists=Arius Blaze] [audio:http://folktek.com/arius/current/dronescape/dronescape3.mp3|titles=”Drone Scape 3″|artists=Arius Blaze] [audio:http://folktek.com/arius/current/dronescape/dronescape4.mp3|titles=”Drone Scape 4″|artists=Arius Blaze] [audio:http://folktek.com/arius/current/dronescape/dronescape5.mp3|titles=”Drone Scape 5″|artists=Arius Blaze] [audio:http://folktek.com/arius/current/dronescape/dronescape6.mp3|titles=”Drone Scape 6″|artists=Arius Blaze]

More on the equipment, which is for sale in a limited edition, at folktek.blogspot.com.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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