A Midsummer Nights Drone

Photograph by John Bowers

A generative pure data patch has been contributed for use at this midsummer night event by
John Bowers and Ryan Jordan:

Monday, June 20 at 9:30pm – June 21 at 5:00am

“Our intention is to drone from sunset to sunrise somewhere on the coast of Suffolk, the county which contains the easternmost areas of England. This way we can help usher in midsummer’s day a little ahead, and so helping out, the Druids at Stonehenge a couple of degrees to the West. We will take several of our own noisemakers and quietly drone on the beach.

You are invited to take part. You can join us by the sea. You can set a drone going in your own home to synchronise with us or following your local sunset and sunrise. You can submit materials to us (loops, whole tracks) which we will play on your behalf. You can submit some code (although we are only running on batteries so keep this in mind). You can think of us warmly. Whatever you like.

Warning! Technical details!

If you prepare drones to play with us, you are free to use whatever tuning you like. But if you like a little maths/theory/occultism you might try notes which are suboctaves of the earth’s orbit around the sun or of the earth on its own axis.

The earth orbits the sun in about 365.25 days. Down 31 octaves this is 69.05Hz, a slightly flat C sharp. This midsummer the earth will rotate on its own axis in 24 hrs 13 secs. Down 21 octaves this is 24.27Hz, a slightly flat G.

If you want the music of the spheres, you could do worse than play C sharp and G which make a nice discord when played together. If you want a third note to represent the interaction of the earth’s rotation and orbit which together make up ‘midsummer night’, you could play the product of the two (1651.53Hz) or a suboctave of it, a slightly flat G sharp.”

Contributing Artists:
JOHN BOWERS
TERRY BURROWS
BUTTERCUP INSURGENT
MIKE CHALLIS
BARRY CULLEN
HOT HAIL
PAMELA HARLING-CHALLIS
RYAN JORDAN
PHIL JULIAN
EWA JUSTKA
SIMON KUNATH
ROGER MILLS
NOISE RESEARCH
BIONI SAMP

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