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Workingman's Drone [Year Three]

by Brian Grainger

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    Assembled by hand, one copy at a time, in the White Pillar Workshop! Twelve white 5" recordable discs, printed and duplicated via an Imation D20 disc duplication machine, held inside a black plastic case (about the size and shape of a VHS tape), bearing a wraparound kraft cardstock insert with a WDY3 decal sticker on the front cover and custom text sticker work on the spine and back cover. Also includes three separately packaged and color-coded supplemental drone sessions, all previously unreleased: THE INESCAPABLE GRAVITY OF COLLAPSING SUNS / BROADCAST REPROCESS / DISTILLATION ISOLATE. A total of over 17 hours of drone music, wall-vibrating frequency and deep synthesis, available for a reduced price of $30 less than all 17 discs would cost if purchased separately. ONLY 15 BOXES PRODUCED!

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Workingman's Drone is a series I began in 2010, and these fifteen recordings represent the accumulation of the third year of this series. Unlike the first two years, wherein I would record and release a 20-minute EP every month, Year Three grew (much like the evergreen trees pictured as the series' logo) into album-length pieces for each month.

The series has always been intended as a home for my tastes in instrument-based drone and improvisational music (as opposed to making this type of music using computers), and this third leg of it is set apart from the prior ones even more, owing to a self-imposed restriction of using only ONE synthesizer for each month's session. This approach both broadened the scope of the series and narrowed the focus of the work, forcing me to truly study each instrument in order to produce these immersive and varied pieces, many of which are reflective of seasonal weather or elemental changes throughout the year.

Musically, this change was necessitated by the continuous expansion and reconfiguration of my studio - having relocated from South Carolina's loft space Botany Bay to the basement bunker White Pillar nestled in an Ohio valley - and I relished the idea of really digging deep and exploring the differences in voice and color and workflow/interface between the many unique machines I now possess. Some are analog, some are digital. Some monophonic, some polyphonic. Some are not even synthesizers by definition, but rather, repurposed medical equipment or even drum machines that have particularly deep processing and synthesis capabilities.

Workingman's Drone casts no preferences - it is a discipline that embraces the process and the performance, rather than the provenance or the brand. The drone deifies machines both classic and castaway, and sings in all voices, across all octaves and all frequencies. Year Three collects an immense amount of audio - nearly 18 hours - and solidifies it into a monument that is both a towering tribute to my influences held dear, and a sprawling scenic path through my creative continent.


WD25 / Korg Volca Keys
WD26 / Dave Smith Instruments MoPho
WD27 / Boss Dr. Synth DS-330
WD28 / Korg MS-20
WD29 / Arturia Microbrute
WD30 / Korg Monologue
WD31 / Korg Minilogue
WD32 / Grass CTCM
WD33 / Boss Dr. Rhythm DR-880
WD34 / Korg Volca Kick
WD35 / Roland SH-32
WD36 / Korg Volca Bass
WDY3B / Korg Minilogue
WDY3C / Korg Volca Kick
WDY3D / Arturia Microbrute


released December 9, 2019

W/P by Brian Grainger. Recorded live in the White Pillar Workshop, various dates between September 2018 and December 2019. Mastered by The Analog Botanist. Text and design by ABM&D. Stickers printed in Atlanta, GA by David Tagg. This is Milieu Music number WDY3. /

Special thanks to all of the members of the Milieu Music Fan Club at Patreon ( With their continued support, more music like this release can happen! At the present moment, the members of the Fan Club are: Burt T / Brian S / Jake P / Christ S / Damian H / Levi G / Arthur W / Joel B / Peter H-B / Rik J / Jose S / David P / Helge J / Peter C / Alan A / Alex G / Seth B / David T / Devin H / Mathieu L / Andy B / Francois H / Benoit P / J.C. Bastos / Michael R / Juan D

Many humble thanks to the subscribers of the Deep Earth series. Without them, this music might not exist, and if it did, you might not be able to hear it. Support deep electronic mining initiatives today:


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Brian Grainger Dayton, Ohio

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

I also release music as Milieu and Coppice Halifax

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