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Workingman's Drone: Year Two [Expanded Edition]

by Brian Grainger

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    Packaged in a sturdy black 27mm plastic box, about the size and shape of a VHS tape case, with a brown cardstock wraparound insert, custom sticker work and five in-house duplicated/printed white discs.

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  • 5xCD-R Ashcan Edition [Bagged Proof Set w/ Stamped Paper Inserts & Icons]
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    Sometimes, despite my best efforts, the disc duplicator prints discs a little less pretty looking than they are intended to be. In this instance, copies of the five-disc WD: Year Two set were produced with low ink levels - readable, but faint. So, in the interest of wasting as little as possible, I've placed all five discs in custom ink stamped and stickered white paper sleeves, each with two patterned paperstock "icons" placed inside. There are four cardboard slices separating the individual discs, and the whole stack is held together with a rubberband, then placed inside a clear ziploc bag with three WD stamped paperstock icons, and backed with another paperstock insert with a text sticker/cat#/signature. This is an edition of ONE, with a unique catalog number, and no further editions will be produced. Priced at a discount to cover for the print quality of the discs themselves.

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about

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 second year of the series appears here, including WD13-24, WDY (Trace, the appendage packaged with the 13x3" box sets) and a previously unreleased Coppice Halifax excavation - a monolithic 54 minute remix using elements of all twelve parts of WD: Year Two, which provides an illuminating counterpoint, and an air of finality to the cliffs and valleys of sound contained herein.

credits

released December 8, 2016

W/P by Brian Grainger. Recorded at Botany Bay, 2012, 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 WDE2.

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

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