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A Drone in Progress

From Massachusetts-based Bell Mechanical

The Bell Mechanical describes the drone in question as a work in progress, which begs the question as to how it might be improved. Drones in general have a holistic if not entirely natural aura to them. The distinction is that they often sound self-contained, almost automated, more field recording than composition, and yet they also generally seem inherently technological — the sound of machines, not of the natural world. “The Bethel Construction Company,” by the Bell Mechanical, is such a drone: the hum of a low level industrial activity, albeit with choice textural elements. Given that it is, apparently, unfinished, one wonders what alterations might be implemented: more or less variety of momentary glitches, a change in key or root tone, more of a sense of development? In any case, it is quite enjoyable as it currently stands. Or perhaps when the musician says it’s a drone from a series he’s been working on, as he does in the brief accompanying note, it is the series he’s working on, not the drone itself. Perhaps this one is done, and a new one is in the works.

Track originally posted for free download at More from the Bell Mechanical (aka Salem, Massachusetts”“based M.J. LeBlanc) at

By Marc Weidenbaum

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  1. the bell mechanical
    [ Posted December 14, 2013, at 10:23 am ]

    Hey Marc, glad you (and others) enjoyed the piece!

    Just to clarify, this particular track is indeed essentially ‘finished’: It’s part of a planned-out series of five tracks that I’ve been working on as time has permitted.

    It’s under a Creative Commons [BY-NC-SA] license, BTW, so anyone who cares to try their hand at a CC remix (or repurposing) is of course welcome to (w/ attribution).

    • Marc Weidenbaum
      [ Posted December 14, 2013, at 10:39 am ]

      Excellent. Thanks for the clarification.

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