In the wake of the recent election, Minneapolis drone-enthusiasts IE collaborated with local artist, Sam Gould in an experimental event. Gould ran a daylong symposium on November 17, 2016 called Crisis Logic & the Reader at St. Catherine’s University in St. Paul, MN. At the conclusion of the symposium, Derek Maxwell set up a large stack of speakers in the style of a Jamaican sound system in the Department of Art. He placed additional speakers in the stairwells. IE set up three amplifiers, which Maxwell amplified further into the reverberant brutalist studio space of the Art Department. These drones were then recorded live.
The drone is an ark. It is not a negative space. It is a positive void. Its sound is built upon frequencies held steady with no aim. There is no place involved. There is consumption and repetition and shame associated with these activities. There is a world of rhythms and animal repetition. The drone is an ark. It is not a negative space. It is a positive void. It is a place of not knowing what. It can be played backwards and forwards. The drone is made of frequencies held steady with no aim. They have length. There are sensory motor pleasures that rewire consumption machines and there is shame involved. There are chords and they are a puzzle; people are working on the puzzle; the puzzle is the ark. The drone lasts for some time outside of time and inside there are only shapes, and possibly more. If you have shame, you can always make it into a movie instead of a drone. So then you might have left the ark. Shameless cinema is the absent work of drones. The drone is an ark. It is not electricity and also is what it is. It is not a negative space. It is a positive void. It is an ark. Drones are built upon frequencies held steady with no aim, and there is disruption of sensuous pleasures and consumption and repetition and all the shame associated with them. It may or may not be filled with emotion. It has beginnings, endings, inconsistencies and mistakes, or pretends that it does or does not. The drone is and makes perfect and imperfect pairings. The drone is an ark. It is not a negative space. It is a positive void. It is not a place. It is an ark.
released June 30, 2017
Michael Gallope, keyboards
Meredith Gill, keyboards
Mariel Oliveira, bassoon and saxophone
Live mixing by Derek Maxwell
Artwork by Mariel Oliveira and Zachary Zimmermann
Design by Zachary Zimmermann
“About ARK” text by Michael Gallope and Meredith Gill
Mixed and mastered by Matthew Mehlan at the Stuuudio