this is an album of drone music. specifically 12,000 18,000 seconds of drone music.

you can stream the album from bandcamp, or render the album yourself via SuperCollider or docker.

this album came about while learning about SuperCollider and making drones for the dronecaster norns script and picking off that beautifully curated artisinal drone menu. these are some of my favorite drone sounds that I’ve made. I made the album so I could listen to the drones away from my norns - on my bike or in the car. I hope you enjoy them as well :). here’s a little backstory of the drones:

starlids - symphonic, meek, radiant.

this drone came about when I was trying to re-create the sound of the Instruo Saich. I was finding that the sound I was making wasn’t getting close, but I leaned into the divergence and like it even more. this sound also became the basis of synthy, which gives it complete polyphony. for this drone I made it randomly polyphonic, sampling particular intervals of the root note at random frequency. I feel like the shifting tones parallel the nature of the sound.

toshiya - object-bound resonate space.

this drone is directly based of starlids, and essentially just replaces the sawtooth waves with sine waves. it gives it a much softer vibe. when I was looking for the description I saw “resonate space” and decided to add a droning resonater via Klank and it fit perfectly. this one is also slightly polyphonic and I changed the tone-space to encompass a bigger range of intervals.

mika - hum and beeps.

this drone is forked from Batuhan Bozkurt’s original, used in their sctweet album. I really liked the vibrating splatter of notes and built off that by creating a harmonic structure within it, creating a more dynamic tempo, and adding some droning bass notes.

coil - traversing the tunnels of goats.

the idea for this drone came while biking and listening to cars whoosh past me, sometimes on either side. that sound idea is the basis of the drone- where white noise starts on one side and randomly flips to the other side while modulating volume. to add more tonality I added a random switch that changes the white noise to a tone. everything is random so you’ll never know what’ll whoosh by next.

hecker - noisey, imaginary country, suspended animation.

this drone was an experiment in pure noise. there are a bunch of noise oscillators that are each heavily bandpassed around the given frequency. the filter-Q is always changing so sometimes it sounds tonal but very easily becomes noise. It was super exciting to see that you can pull tones out of noise (afterall white noise is a composition of all frequencies at equal power). later on I added a droning bass.

malone - thick, organ, stepped.

this drone was inspired by the description. I sought an organ-type sound and made it thicker by detuning them and stacking them in some interesting chord structures. to make them “stepped” I added in a random, synced, vibrato that got triggered whenever the chord changed. the chords are very drone-like - they don’t ever really resolve and the changes are very slow and not quantized.

sachiko - high-tone space-cutting.

this drone came about while trying to think about how I would teach SuperCollider for the workshop I gave this last summer. this drone was built up in a series of steps and I chose to use UGens that made each step obvious and interesting. so for filters I chose to go with the resonant ones which are easy to hear and fun to modulate. the main effect here is that random modulation of those filters, the panning and the delay, and gets very spacy.

dreamcrusher - chaotic, strobey, actually really nice IRL.

this drone was really inspired by the LocalIn docs for SuperCollider. at the bottom of that doc page is a little snippet for a tape player-esque feedback. that snippet was intriguing and I wanted to push all sorts of synth sounds through it, which became this drone. this drone also evolved into another script I wrote, icarus which bears a lot of similarity but more control and polyphony.

sunno - £XX,XXX worth of structural damage to the venue.

this one is definetly inspired by Sunn O))) of course, but also from the drone-building sessions in the norns study group where it was suggested to make this drone. it was a challenge to get something close without sounding too noisy. I took some inspiration from a sccode snippet for guitar feedback. I expanded on that so I could have multiple synthesized “guitars”, with varying feedback, with synchronized detuning as if the whole place is imploding during the performance.

starlids (reprise)

this is starlids again, but with much more portamento and a different interval structure to drone on with. a lot of this version was developed by a friend who I was teaching SuperCollider for the first time and they ended up coming up with some great little changes (namely the tone structure).

low - Noise & harmony.

this drone was very loosely inspired by trying to sound design something similar to the distortion on Low’s latest album and also preserve an interesting juxtaposition between noise and harmonies. as usual with my sound design attempts its not really close at all to my goal but the destination is still worthwhile.

rehberg - Dense, distorted, overwhelming.*

another sound design project I had was trying to figure out the distortion/bass on Bon Iver’s 22, A Million album, specifically: this half-second of audio. I have no idea what I’m doing when trying to reverse engineer these sounds, and the result wasn’t even close, but the process helped me find some cool sounds which I incorporated into this drone.

strega - Filtered delayed madness.

the make noise strega has a neat use of delay and filter and I tried to emulate that here. I was very deliberate about this drone. I have several oscillators being delayed at different rates and the whole thing goes into a tape-delay which is randomly sped up and slowed down. then all of that gets filtered and the filter oscillates randomly. its basically how I play the strega but here its on autopilot with supercollider code.

lleb - Bells twisting spacetime.

the starting point for this drone came from xffff’s tired pads. I liked the general idea of feeding a bunch of different voices into a klank. instead of spawning lots of synths, I made mix of a bunch of oscillator groups that are all modulating their pitches constantly (randomly). it was a little bit “pitchy” so I equalized it inside the synthdef.

eno - Music for airports

I found a transcription of Eno’s Music for Airports and used that for the basis of this drone. I wrote some chords over it and have those delivered underneath the notes randomly. the melody timbre is oscillating between the classic PolyPerc and Ezra’s Dreadmoon piano. the chords are pretty much based on starlids. I could listen to this one for hours.

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feel free to copy all the code and make it into something else or part of something else. of course, if you have norns you already have all the code in dronecaster, ready to play.

bandcamp offer codes

redeem here.

click for codes nxht-yl6q lqe3-7j8z q87w-v6b6 guw4-6y4k ywjq-yuv8 ypg7-3qz2 t62d-c9yh 2ylp-xtnv dtpg-ebq9 x9zw-khja hy2q-6v8b qum9-ykbx fl8k-39lq lsk2-h9vt ej3a-vtzb gbxg-62kx 3dcy-yh6q dqjn-7v8z pgbl-vkb6 kxkj-vprv uqz8-grw9 vg2t-3llt 9kly-hm5b znpy-vg2w na9n-6344 w6tl-kxja cynj-kq8b e258-g9bx rl6t-3zlq dcy3-hzvt k6uw-w6th uzwq-hguv xtj9-53j9 qkgu-3s9t 9ntd-h4g7 zdzp-varv 3jtg-g2w9 5gny-3hlt gtdz-hj5b tnqz-vy2w 258u-kr44 xjj2-7qgz j9bd-vzr6 62xc-6thk zxee-y7m8 ze6f-bjk2 z83l-wkth 3zxj-hyuv wyq8-erj9

Only 310 seconds in and loving this. Thanks @infinitedigits!

(The liner notes are great too, very inspired to dive in. )


twenty chars of slow clap


it’s kinda funny that you named one of the songs dreamcrusher since dreamcrusher is a well known noise musician


oh my, those elephants are soooooo lovely. thank you for releasing this @infinitedigits.


Dronecaster began as overt homage to drone innovators, so I believe this was intentional!


I used a2jk-exjd (the fourth code), thank you!

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Redeemed. Thanks, what I have heard so far is lovely stuff :slight_smile:

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Thank you for these wonderful drones,

And thanks for the codes!
I used krp9-c784

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Much appreciated! I have some long flights tomorrow.

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Thank you, so interesting! I used agum-etw5.

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Thank you! I look forward to this.

Used code b24b-um8u

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Awesome! Enjoying Dronecaster, cool to have them off norns as well. I used 7yw8-ur4r.

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truly inspiring. — thank you for giving so much to this community.


Grabbed 5nez-ehqd, thanks!

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I thought this was something related to @taylor12k 's 12k label when I read the thread title :wink:

Very nice stuff, I used 7kw8-urhr :+1:

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Thank you so much! Can’t wait to dig in to this

I’ve used this code:

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Thanks for this :slight_smile: I listened one via the dronecaster thread I think, when you were streaming it for a long drive. Looking forward to listening more. I used code hmue-kalq


Thanks for the track descriptions and this v9nv-5yd5. Cool artwork… And, most importantly, I’m enjoying listening. :v: Nice work all around.

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Thank you - what an incredible and overwhelmingly generous album!

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