Iain Cameron's Diary
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2011-02-18 - 11:10 a.m.
Last night the Brunel music faculty played 3 Phil Niblock pieces at Cafe Oto with the composer present. The band was 14 strong an included string bass, violin, synthesizers guitar, clarinet and flute. The first drone started with a sound similar to the only PN drone I have heard before but the subsequent two were different. My main experience of drone music prior to this is the Lamont Young ensemble at the end of the 90s who went for harmonic reinforcement high up in the aural spectrum so that the sound seemed to sparkle and glisten. These drones often pulsated lower down the spectrum in both the bottom and middle registers. Cafe Oto was pretty full. I discovered a new way to get there because the District Line was playing up. I took a tube to Highbury and Islington and then two stops on the Overground.
We are at 95 on the London Alternative Chart today. Progressing from here will be tough - some artists in the top 100 have thousands of visitors and plays whereas we have about 60 visitors and around 450 plays. Today has got to be a recovery day plus perhaps a little drone experimentation. I had a phase before when I made some drones - around 1999. Here' s a tunepak with four recent pieces http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/3178629