The debut of Drone Day Thunder Bay 2015 takes place at various locations including DefSup on Saturday May 9, noon-11pm. The local events are in support of National Drone Music Day—a Canada-wide celebration of experimental, ambient and drone music. National Drone Day is a project of Wyrd Arts Initiatives—a volunteer-powered not-for-profit that exists to encourage, document, and connect creative expression across Canada.
If the term drone music is new to you, here’s a description from Marie LeBlanc Flanagan, founder of Wyrd Arts Initiatives.
Drone music is a democratic genre, an inherently collaborative genre. Drone music encapsulates and includes all kinds of sounds: bagpipes, chanting, tandura, the diverse landscape of electronic musicians who orchestrate knobs and pedals into otherworldly soundscapes.
Drone music, with its extended or repeating tones, is a re-imagining, a redefining of the ears’ relationship to silence, to ground, to negative space. Drone is easy to understand but broad enough to encapsulate a wide variety of experimental streams. It’s a fixed-point singleton for the avant-garde; challenging, yet accessible to the layperson, with a creative path stretching onto infinite horizons.
LeBlanc Flanagan describes Drone Day as “a reclamation of the idea of a holiday, of a community celebration with no purpose beyond a shared interest in drone music, a community, and a marked moment in time.” It’s a celebration without consumerism.
DefSup invites everyone to come out and celebrate local electronic and acoustic drone music all day long on this, the premier Thunder Bay Downtown Drone Tour.
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