Dronescape <>WAYOUT is a microtonal, surround sound performance, that engages with the WAYOUT artSpace in Kandos - a beautiful old-style community hall with solid wooden floors and its specific resonances. For SPiRiT of ’21 Dronescape <WAYOUT> will be presented as a final offering as the festival comes to a close. An aural experience that connects us all as we step away from our screens and turn up the volume.
Dronescape responsively places tones from live instruments 18° apart as ten individually placed speakers or in a stereo field. WAYOUT became a giant speaker box, while Brown made the whole space to sing, hum, vibrate and resonate.
In this performance, the tones are generated in real-time by woodwind instruments and then frozen.
The performer acts like a giant analogue synthesiser. Each instrument has a character, the clarinets are sine waves, the saxophones and flutes are square waves while the breath is various types of white, brown or pink noise. The harmonics and flexibilities are available organically through these instruments, engaging the performer’s lungs, lips, and physicality allowing deep micro tuning and sonic colouration.
The microtones positioned in the space, create pockets of harmonics, interferences, beats and resonances, as Brown engages with the space, and spaces within the spaces: the performer’s lung cavity, the column of air manipulated inside the instrument and the space itself.
For those in the artSpace during the recording, the work acted, not just as an aural experience, but also as a physical, vibrational experience.
It was recorded with a pair of Rode TS-5 in stereo ORTF configuration from the opposite end of the hall from speakers. Recorded at 96kHz 32Bit
Further information on DRONESCAPE is here
Photo by Shane Rozario, EDGE Art Camp on the Greenway 2021