ABONECRONEDRONE

   


John:

With the voice of course, you know, you can sort of get to different emotional states and suggest different emotions even without resorting to obvious lyrics.

Sheila:

Umm, yeah, because it's connected to your blood supply.

John:

What's happening in "ABoneCroneDrone III"? What's the drone, and then what's the process.

Sheila:

"ABoneCroneDrone III" is a vocal drone that Steve and I sang together. So we sang over and over and over and made up that drone without any loops, and we've used these wonderful piano cords without attack and a chant in fifths because I noticed that when you invoke a fifth harmonic - you get this sort of sense of potential. If you invoke the harmonic, the immediate octave above the note you're singing, people seem to report back to me a sense of satisfaction and sweetness but, fifths are more sort of getting a sense of picance and a sense of potential of the melody. So we've used chants that go in fifths to see what would happen to the harmonics then, and, we've used a very quiet bagpipe which you'll have to listen hard to spot - bagpipe drones. And very cheeky little echoes of the melody in the harmonics that we've actually placed there. So there's a lot to listen to there.

John:

OK! "ABoneCroneDrone" is the name of the CD. Here's part III - once again, music from my guest, Sheila Chandra on tonight's edition of New Sounds.

THE SONG IS PLAYED

"ABoneCroneDroneIII", from Sheila Chandra, my guest on tonight's edition of New Sounds. Sheila, last time you were here in the studio, after "The Zen Kiss" CD, you did a little bit of your vocal percussion for us, here in the studio. The "Speaking in Tongues" which was based on all of these traditional syllables that drummers use, almost sounds like you were alluding to that in some of the vocals here. I mean, clearly they're not meaningful syllables in the sense of, they are words or anything like that.

Sheila:

The chant?.

John:

Yeah!

Sheila:

It is Sanskrit actually.

John:

Is it really!