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Workingman's Drone: Year One [Expanded Edition]

by Brian Grainger

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Smoke-Wind A few weeks of listening yet each track always feels new. The album has become a favourite for woodland meditations and nightly explorations. Favorite track: Raise Dead On Planet Jupiter.
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Workingman's Drone was a series concept drafted in the wake of my guitar work at Second Sun Recordings, the ambient and drone imprint I created with David Tagg. Much like the 21MG Series, Workingman's Drone generated one 20-minute piece of endless tonal bliss each month, for twelve months. At the end of the year, all twelve were compiled into a box set and augmented by a 13th appendage. The series went so well that I picked it up for another year, until it finally sailed off into the sunset. The WD pieces are sometimes improvised, sometimes composed and overdubbed. Every sound source imaginable has been used on the recordings - guitars, bass, synthesizers, organ, bells, feedback, radio, trains, appliances and even human voice - making the series a vibrant collection of drone music that truly embraces the challenge to use anything available that might imply a tonality. As experimental as that description might seem, many of the pieces from Workingman's Drone are quite chordal and melodic, hardly ever dissonant or irritating. Everything has been meticulously reined in and labored over until only the most pleasant frequencies and soundwaves remain. Many times, WD pieces were given days of endless looping, while I gradually affected the sounds until they felt complete.

Here, for the first time ever, the Workingman's Drone material has been made available on standard 5" CD-Rs. The original pressings were all released on 3" mini CD-Rs, thereby excluding a quotient of listeners who didn't have a compatible player. The entire first year of the series appears here, including WD1-12, WDX (Lavender Billows, the appendage packaged with the 13x3" box sets) and a previously unreleased Coppice Halifax excavation - a monolithic 58 minute remix using elements of all twelve parts of WD: Year One, which provides an illuminating counterpoint, and an air of finality to the cliffs and valleys of sound contained herein.


released December 5, 2016

W/P by Brian Grainger. Recorded at 114RKD, 2010, except #14: Written by Brian / Produced & remixed by Coppice Halifax / Recorded at White Pillar Workshop, Autumn 2016. Mastered by The Analog Botanist. This is Milieu Music number WDE1.



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Drone music, warm atmosphere and textural ephemera for the working man.

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