Petrograd Drone Gathering - Live at Electro-Mechanica 2018

Petrograd Drone Gathering
"Live at Electro-Mechanica 2018"

CD-R (ltd. 70)
ZHB-LXXVI


1. Live at Electro-Mechanica 2018

total length: 50:00
release date: February 22, 2019
price: €7

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Petrograd Drone Gathering: vk

Petrograd Drone Gathering is an improvisational orchestra of mostly St. Petersburg-based experimental musicians with shifting line-up, often performing at different venues in the city and at open-air events of varying privacy. This recording was made on November 3, 2018 at the Electro-Mechanica XIII festival held at the New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg. This time the line-up of the Drone Gathering featured Alexey Korablin (KorA/M, Moss Reconstruction), Evgeniy Savenko (Lunar Abyss, Mykoriza), M.M. (Kryptogen Rundfunk), Tim Six (Creation VI) and Pavel Dombrovskiy (Uhushuhu), the video-projection was created live by VJ Yuri Elik.

For 50 minutes the musicians explore the Bermuda triangle of the ambient, drone and noise genres. Synthesizers, guitars, voices, acoustic instruments and endless twists of sound effects merge into a single vibrating stream. The flow of music constantly changes its properties: sometimes the atmosphere is getting rarefied, creating lacunae of subtle harmonies and melodic lines, sometimes it builds up layers and acquires density turning into noisy rolling waves… Timeless and non-conceptual music for open minds.



Reviews

I wasn't aware of the existence of something that is called the Petrograd Drone Gathering, but apparently, this is an "improvisational orchestra of mostly St. Petersburg-based experimental musicians with shifting line-up, often performing at different venues in the city and at open-air events of varying privacy". They played together on November 3, 2018 at the Electro-Mechanica XIII festival held at the New Stage of Alexandrinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, with the line-up for this occasion being Alexey Korablin (KorA/M, Moss Reconstruction), Evgeniy Savenko (Lunar Abyss, Mykoriza), M.M. (Kryptogen Rundfunk), Tim Six (Creation VI) and Pavel Dombrovskiy (Uhushuhu). They operate a wide range of sound devices, including bass, analogue synth, microcassette recorder, voice, flute, effects, mouth harp, ocarina, percussion, laptop, guitar and all of them on a variety of sound effects. Yuri Elk is responsible for video projection, not shown on this disc. Their piece lasts fifty minutes and covers the whole wobbly terrain of drone music. Long field of endless sustaining sounds is mixed with more improvised pieces of sounds drifting far and apart. It sometimes derails from the drone course, but that doesn't matter. It is exactly that sort of experimental leanings on drone/ambient music that work quite well. Throughout much of this is very powerful (as quite loud) and nowhere it seems to go into an 'easy' modus. It sure must have been an overwhelming experience, that night.

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