Petrograd Drone Gathering / Moscow Noise Manufactory
CS (ltd. 150)
Petrograd Drone Gathering exists since 2016; this project was conceived by Evgenii Savenko as an ensemble of like-minded musicians from St. Petersburg, united by the common idea of free undulating musical expression, saturated with the forest psychedelia of the Karelian isthmus.
Moscow Noise Manufactory is a similar creative union of metropolitan musicians, working in many genres from drone ambient and noise to psychedelic jazz and doom metal. The project was organized by Georgiy Orlov-Davydovskiy in the spring of 2021. In fact, both formations are live laboratories exploring the impersonal matter of sound, and the appearance of their joint recordings was just a matter of time.
Such a recording was made at the “PoluDrëma” (“semi-slumber”) party, which took place on the night of November 26th-27th, 2021 at the Red Eyes Moscow club. From midnight until morning the St. Petersburg musicians played in sequence with artists from Moscow, for eight hours weaving a seamless fabric of oneiric sound for an audience which was either sleeping or drinking tea. These recordings were later edited in studio and condensed in two 45-minute pieces, showcasing all versatility of experimental ambient music.
This time the line-up of Petrograd Drone Gathering featured Alexey Korablin (Reconstruction of Moss), Dmitry Maslyakov (Mira Drevo), Evgenii Savenko (Lunar Abyss), М.М. (Kryptogen Rundfunk), Pavel Dombrovskiy (uhushuhu), Lilia Akivenson (tremorkikimor) and Alexandra Isaeva (Jum-Jum).
Moscow Noise Manufactory was represented by Georgiy Orlov-Davydovskiy (Yudol), Dmitriy Bubinskiy (Old Moss), Alexandra Isaeva (Jum-Jum), Vladimir Cherepanov (t_error 404), Philipp Datura (Datura Metel), Fedor Kovalev (Waldgrenze), Anton Kochubeev (Acanto), Alexey Vasilev (Droning Room), Boris Drone ([bɔː]), Alexandr Rust (Cotton Rust), Koloyar Dreved (Hladna) and Ilya Suzdaltsev.
The album is released in a limited edition of 150 copies on C-90 audiocassette: brand new tape in recycled shell with full-colour stickers, double-sided foldout cover and a download card.
On cassette we have two live recordings of what is a gathering of musicians doing a lengthy drone piece. They are named after the city from which the musicians originate. On 26 November last year, a gathering at the PoluDrëma Festival in Moscow was very crowded on stage. Hold on for a lot of names! Petrograd Drone Gathering: Alexey Korablin (Reconstruction of Moss), Dmitry Maslyakov (Mira Drevo), Evgenii Savenko (Lunar Abyss), M.M. (Kryptogen Rundfunk), Pavel Dombrovskiy (uhushuhu), Lilia Akivenson (tremorkikimor), Alexandra Isaeva (Jum-Jum). Moscow Noise Manufactory: Georgiy Orlov-Davydovskiy (Yudol), Dmitriy Bubinskiy (Old Moss), Alexandra Isaeva (Jum-Jum), Vladimir Cherepanov (t_error 404), Philipp Datura (Datura Metel), Fedor Kovalev (Waldgrenze), Anton Kochubeev (Acanto), Alexey Vasilev (Droning Room), Boris Drone (bɔː), Alexandr Rust (Cotton Rust), Koloyar Dreved (Hladna), Ilya Suzdaltsev. That includes quite a few names I never heard of. I understand they played all night, which resulted in some eight hours of music, condensed to ninety minutes on this cassette. Polu-Drëma means semi-slumber, which, I guess, reflects the state of some musicians. I don't know if there were any guidelines for the players or to what extent there was editing later on, but these two pieces sound very coherent. Long, spacious drones, in which the uber-drone goes for the very long run, and small drones evolve and revolve around that, while smaller sounds, mainly acoustic, I would say, drift in and out of the music. Oddly enough, so it seems, there is not much difference in approaches here; at times, Petrograd seemed a bit more industrial and Moscow a bit more orchestral. But minor differences altogether. Both pieces are slowly drifting, massive soundscapes that you can play any time of day or night and, I am sure, will put you in the right state of slumber. It did that trick perfectly; I fell asleep at one point and woke up sometime later, and I had no idea how much time had passed or which city was responsible for the music. That's the drone for me.