you have been lost for days, stumbling thru the wilderness. you wake up somewhat delirious from whatever you managed to eat or drink last night. you stumble out of the cave you spent the night in, and you see what looks like a hill further on. or it could be your fever dream.
slowly you climb on, accompanied by a drone of humming insects and the rustling of dried out vegetation, critters scurrying away.
then you reach the top, and to your astonishment you discern what appears to be the architectural remnants of an ancient civilization. a lizard catches a fly and darts away. the drone gets stronger. and then you hear… can it be?.. long lost tones, some kind of music, slowly weaving in and out.
this is where they find you, feverishly trying to catch the music.
now make recordings of some of the fragments that you remember you may have heard. it may be the drone, in a. it may be the wisps of music, in the scale of raga megharanjani in a, with the notes a - b flat - c sharp - d - f (a pentatonic scale based on the double harmonic major scale). it may be the atonal sounds of the critters or the rustling leaves.
here’s rewin showing what notes i’m using (on a drone in A):
as is our yearly tradition, any sound or stem that would fit in is welcome, and i will mix it together into one hour-long ambient drone piece on drone day 2022, may 28th.
recordings are preferred to be in flac, but any reasonable format will be accepted. i use 48kHz, 24 bits in my project (but other rates will be accepted). note that anything with a beat will be heavily processed, as it is not meant to be rhythmic. more ambient percussion such as in gobi by monolake is fine.
vcv rack patches are also welcome. i have most free plugins, but only a few premium ones (notably vult modules, vult mysteries, and stellare creative suite).
but it doesn’t have to be vcv rack. i also love mixing in vst softsynths, acoustic instruments, field recordings, etc.
don’t send me finished tracks, as it is really a collab project in which i weave together elements from different sources into one piece of music. i will apply very liberal amounts of reverb, so dry stems are perfectly fine.
you can send me stems or patches by google drive, dropbox, wetransfer, etc. you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your link(s). and let me know which artist name you want to be credited with.
for some inspiration, listen to what we have done in previous years: