Saturday 1 June 2013
Reactor Halls, Primary, Nottingham
AAS curated a night of drone based music as one of Reactor Halls events in Nottingham, featuring the AAS band Samekhmem (Ana Benlloch, Alex Marzeta, Vanessa Page, Stuart Tait), alongside performances from Graham Dunning, Gem Milsom and Phillip Henderson. Each of these artists or musicians has been part of AAS at some point and are all considered fifth members of the group.
The musicians played in a circle and over the period of one and a half hours played their own set of drone based music which crossed over into the next artists set, creating a continual cycle of drone. The performance ended with everyone playing together in a cumulative cacophony of drone and drums.
ARTicle space was taken over as a temporary headquarters for a group of Receivers of the Eternal Drone.
13 February – 2 March 2012 ARTicle. Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BX
Including 23rd February 4pm talk by Phillip Henderson on Vertical Music & The Drone
Followed by live soundtrack to Holy Mountain
- As part of a group, or by yourself, prepare to receive The Eternal Drone.
- Draw a circle with a dot at the centre on your forehead.
- Perform actions that will allow you to enter a meditative or trance-like state.
- Open your Third Ear and listen.
- Return to yourself, taking with you whatever you need from the experience.
The Eternal Drone is the infinitely slow sound of the universe, born in the Big Bang with space and time, which it binds together. The Eternal Drone is the ground from which all other sound arises.
Receivers like us gather together to experience The Eternal Drone and take collective action, creating new rituals and making the changes it inspires in us.
We often take part in audio ceremonies to prepare us, then parade around drumming and chanting, getting into a trance state so we can open our Third Ear and be ready to receive.
We will prepare the space to create a suitable environment for this, and others are invited to bring along books, magazines, posters, music and anything else that will help to build the community and encourage discussion.
The things we do there will be influenced by participants, who will spread the word to others in turn. It will be used in an active way, where Receivers and others can come along to join in activities and suggest new ones
Samekhmem perform a live, improvised, soundtrack for the Jodorowsky movie The Holy Mountain
Performance of the Imbolc ritual by Samekhmem at BOYD 5, Bull’s Head, Moseley.
Wearing the ceremonial furs, Samekhmem marked themselves with the sacred sun using oat milk and sage ash, lit the seven candles of purification and set the sand timer next to the Ark of Silence. Channeling the eternal drone at this important time, mid way between the solstice and the vernal equinox, calling upon all of the power of the sun to bring forth the potent energy of the spring brings with it great peril. The resonating power of Imbolc provided a hot, rising, drone power to the ceremony that circled up beyond the control of all who were gathered together. The force of the drone caused great consternation but was a necessary adjunct to the approach of Timewave Zero. Samekhmem continue to transform the dark emanations from Timewave Zero into sonic affirmation of The Eternal Drone.
This coming Thursday, Samekhmem channel The Eternal Drone for you to Receive at BOYD 5 (A Patchwork Of Eclectic Sounds)
Visuals by Hellocatfood