ABONECRONEDRONE

   


 

And so the voice is not really important. My personality is not important, you know, on "Weaving" and "The Zen Kiss", the voice was right up there. There was nothing else to concentrate on. We spent 16 hours mixing the voice and the personality and the texture and these skills and, of course, the message from the heart, was the most important thing. But on this one the voice is just a signpost to what's going on in the drone and, the listener becomes part of the creative experience, because your own brain is going to take up those little patterns and create something entirely new every single time. And hopefully, we'll have buried things in various places so that you'll only hear something on the 20th listen or on your friend's stereo or on headphones, so that it will change every single time.

John:

So the place in which you are hearing the sound will alter the sound.

Sheila:

Oh yes! Because you know how difficult, in some ways, harmonics are to pin down, they bounce off the walls - you don't know where they're coming from at all and that's what makes them magical.

John:

Let's hear "ABoneCroneDrone I" from the new CD by my guest Sheila Chandra on tonight's edition of New Sounds

THE SONG IS PLAYED

"ABoneCroneDrone I" from the CD "ABoneCroneDrone", by my guest Sheila Chandra on tonight's edition of New Sounds. This is her latest CD, on the Real World record label and ... Sheila just the title is a very illusive one. It's full of, I mean it's full of hints at things and then there's the hint of getting to something old, you know ...

Sheila:

Yeah

Steve:

... the fossilised remains of something that we've forgotten a long time ago. There's also obviously, the reference to the drone, which is one of the fundaments of human music making and even the sense of some kind of magic, you know, the crone, the witch over her bubbling cauldron.

Sheila:

Yeah, you've got them all, I think. It's in the great tradition of nonsense album titles like, "UmmaGumma"!