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The Roots of Drone

The Roots of Drone

Utilised in genres as disparate as modern and traditionalclassical, folk, techno, Chicago blues and even heavy metal, the repetition of a single note or chord of fixed pitch - otherwise referred to as a ‘drone’ - serving as permanent focus in a given opus, has graced as many compositions as it has influenced others. Having first been introduced into contemporary ‘rock’ forms by the Velvet Underground in the early 1960s, its ongoing attraction to each new generation of musicians and writers does nothing if not emphasise its enormous importance in musical score.   
The origins of drone are as indefinite as time itself, and the most primitive forms of rhythm and melody known to man are clearly embedded with the drone as a driving force.  In terms of recorded sound, a century of which has now lapsed, the use of this effect can be found everywhere - although guidance on where to look may well be required.
This compilation serves as a much anticipated but never before compiled guidebook to the finest examples of the use of drone throughout the age of magnetic tape, albeit in forms outside those loosely labeled ‘modern music’. A boon for both the uninitiated and the serious collector, the choices contained herein will surely satisfy the most curious of tastes.
Containing offerings from artists and musicians as eclectic as John Cage, Gorge Formby, Sam Cooke, John Lee Hooker, The Philharmonic Orchestra, Bo Diddley ,Rolf Harris and an huge array of others, those who have waited long for a set of this nature could not be rewarded with a more representative collection than that which is here presented across 2 CDs.


1. Fiddlin’ Eck Robertson – Sally Goodin
2. Pipe Major Macintosh – Pibroch o’ Donald Dubh
3. Veena Dhanammal – Nijamarmamulan Raga Umabharanam
4. Austin Coleman, Joe Washington & Group – Good Lord (Run Old Jeremiah)
5. The Original Uday Shankar Company Of Hindu Musicians – Raga Bhairava
6. George Formby – Hindoo Man
7. The Pipes & Drums Of The 2nd Battalion Scots Guards – Skye Boat Song
8. John Cage – 4.33
9 . John Lee Hooker – Wandering Blues
10. Efisio Melis – Mediana
11. The Borodin Quartet – Shostakovich String Quartet #4 in D, Op 83-4 Allegretto
12. Clarence Ashley – The Coo-Coo Bird
13. Floyd Jones – On The Road Again
14. Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers – Come And Go To That Land
15. Muddy Waters – Manish Boy
16. Ravi Shankar – Raga Simhendra Madhyamam
17. Wam Tribe New Guinea – Live Beetle Jew’s Harp 

1. One String Sam – I Need A Hundred Dollars
2. Webern’s Five Pieces For Orchestra – Third Movement
3. La Monte Young – For Brass (1957)  5.04
4. Wagner – Rheingold Prelude – Conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch
5. Monks Of The Kume Tarsang Monastery Of Lhasa , Tibet – The Eternal
6. Giacinto Scelsi – Trio For Strings
7. Lou Monte – The Shiek Of Araby
8. The Harry Simeone Chorale – The Little Drummer Boy
9. Batuta, Rumania 
10. Bo Diddley – She’s Alright
11. Howlin’ Wolf – I Asked For Water (She Gave Me Gasoline)
12. James Shorty & Viola James Congregation – Jesus On The Main Line
13. Khuda Box Mandrani – Lero, Baluchistan 
14. The Swan Silvertones – Trouble In My Way
15. Miklos Rozsa - Ben Hur – Arrius Party
16. Miles Davis – So What
17. Rolf Harris – Sun Arise
18. Haydn Symphony No 104 ‘London’ (Spiritoso) – Sir Thomas Beecham  & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
19. Bo Diddley – Signifying Blues
20. Yves Klein – Monotone Symphony

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