Angus MacLise-Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda

Angus MacLise Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda:

Equal parts avant-garde drone, indian classical, and psychedelic. MacLise and his collaborators create trance inducing music with eerie chanted vocals and random explosions of sound and intense percussion. The poor recording quality, negatively effects the music in a big way. On many tracks several instruments will barely be audible. An interesting listen, when you can actually hear whats going on.

Rating: 10/15 electric shamans

Interview with Pauline Oliveros

Pauline Oliveros has been composing music since most of you were in diapers. She is a large proponent of drone based music and has recently released a book on the subject. Do yourself a favor and experience some of her music.

What initially drew you to drone based music?

The sound of tones.

Why do you think the kind of music you make is important?

It is important to me however that is not necessarily important to others and the importance of my music is for others to decide.

How did you come to play accordion?

My mother brought an accordion home when I was 9 years old and I got fascinated.

What kind of experience do you think listeners should have when listening to your music?

Experience is personal and private so there is no “should” coming from me. I would like for their experience to be expansive but there is no guarantee.

Who do you feel most lucky to have worked with?

David Tudor

Could you see yourself doing something other than being a composer?

Sure, I’d be a scientist

How much over your music involves improvisation?

Almost all of it

How important do you think improvisation is to music as a whole?

Most of the world’s music is improvised.

What young composers and musicians deserve more attention?

All of them that want to create music.

What do you listen to for enjoyment?

Different music at different times. I like all music.

What is the greatest experience you’ve had performing music?

Usually the most recent.

If you could how would you change the way music is taught through the public school system?

I would introduce instrument making and improvisation and sound art.

What do you do for fun outside of music?

Visit with friends

Pauline Oliveros-Deep Listening

Pauline Oliveros Deep Listening:

Accordion, trombone, voices, and found percussion recorded in a gigantic cistern with a ridiculous amount of reverberation. The subtlety of the musicians knack for incorporating microtonal elements and utilizing the natural Reverberation makes this piece an incredible listen. The droning harmonies are nothing short of gorgeous and trance inducing.

Rating: 14/15 sustained notes

LaMonte Young-The Well Tuned Piano

LaMonte Young The Well Tuned Piano:

An ever-evolving drone oriented piece performed on a piano with a unique tuning influenced by Indian Ragas. If you ever have an afternoon to kill put on this five cd set or the more recently released DVDs and dissolve into the beautiful harmonies Young draws from his piano. Goes well with drugs.

Rating: 15/15 trance inducing harmonies

Old Man Gloom-Christmas

Old Man Gloom Christmas:

Old Man Gloom continue their trend of making droney metal-core, except this time around they add droney accordion-core to the mix.

Rating: 12/15 down tuned sludge epics