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Enter the Drone Zone: Garek J Druss’ The Celestial Din at Hedreen Gallery
by Dave Segal
on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 at 2:42 PM
Seattle musician/artist Garek J Druss has an opening reception Fri. Sept. 6 at Hedreen Gallery for his new multimedia exhibit, The Celestial Din. Druss—a keyboardist who also plays in A Story of Rats, Dull Knife, and Tecumseh—will perform The Celestial Din at 9 pm in the adjunct Lee Center Theater. A 10-minute excerpt of the piece reveals it to be a sublimely keening drone that possesses an unsettling urgency, as if it's warning you of some momentous action on the horizon that demands your immediate and undivided attention. It's apparent that The Celestial Din will live up to its lofty title. Below, Druss explains the composition in some depth.
The piece was written (drawn) with specific frequencies from the sound installation to form the foundation from which the piece was expanded into an animated composition for live performance. Frequencies were chosen based on research in alternative tunings and the human response to frequency manipulation. 396HZ, 417HZ and 528HZ are pure tones generally intriguing to the human ear. They possess a certain attraction and mystique that has stimulated much debate over their inherent sonic function—but I am primarily interested in the possibility of leveraging these tones to create immersive, exploratory, multi-sensory experience. I have tuned my instruments to A432HZ because, to my ear, this is a more serene range of frequencies than the contemporary western concert pitch of A440HZ. It is also part of a naturally occurring number sequence reflected in the shapes of the paper sound sculptures and the position they occupy in the gallery. 432 Hertz vibrates in unison with the electromagnetic resonance that our planet naturally and harmonically emits.
More elaboration about the project can be found here.