Suggested reading



@kuorinki I would be grateful if you could scan it and provide a pdf…



this documentary might be interesting to you

In Between The Notes - A Portrait of Pandit Pran Nath (1986). Features L.M. Young, Terry Riley and others:

Also worth looking for the liner notes/essay for Tony Conrad’s Early Minimalism box set.

…and anything on Eliane Radigue (even if she rejects the word drone I believe):


Thanks, this is great.

I myself don’t like the “drone” term, but it’s just the easiest (laziest!) term to describe what I’m looking for…

I want to get my hands on this one also:


@kuorinki if you are not already there, check:
la monte young & marian zazeela - Selected Writings
Notes on The Theatre of Eternal Music


Fascinating! Thanks very much for posting.

Here’s La Monte Young performing (a very small section of) the piece:


Straebel - Technological implications of Phill Niblock’s drone music


I noticed a few people sharing their own work, so I’ll do the same. Bass anomalies, vibratory, sensation, esoteric technologies, sonic philosophy. “It begins in music but quickly moves far beyond, following vibratory phenomena across time, disciplines and disparate cultural spheres (including hauntings, laboratories, organ workshops, burial mounds, sound art, studios, dancefloors, infrasonic anomalies, and a global mystery called The Hum).” Entries on Eleh, Thomas Köner, Sun Ra and others.


Just reread Walter Benjamin’s The Task of the Translator as translation seems like a powerful metaphor for recording/synthesis, particularly as my production involves a lot of stolen/mangled melodies (as a kind of ode to sampling, itself a process of translation). Here’s a link for those interested.

Furthermore (and in a similar vein) Theodore Adorno has a lot of excellent work on technology and music. Although he’s working in the very early twentieth century, many of his concerns ring true today, particularly for electronic music (where there is no original performance to duplicate; rather the recording is the performance), and particularly if you can look past his old (now dead) man pessimism.


Formalized Groove

Thesis by Xavier De Wannemaeker


A Study of Scales

Where we discuss every possible combination of notes

This exploration of scales is based on work by William Zeitler1. In fact much of the material on this page repeats Zeitler’s findings, presented here along with additional observations and/or PHP code used to generate the scales. This exploration also owes a debt to Andrew Duncan’s work on combinatorial music theory2. Most of the code in this treatise is the result of continuous exploration and development of PHPMusicTools, an open-source project at GitHub. The section related to scale-chord relationships is indebted to Enrico Dell’Aquila, and his video about Mode Colours


A nice little feature from Bandcamp today: Four Electronic Artists Reflect on the Influence of Composer Laurie Spiegel




This is more of a recommendation than a review…but I’ve been revisiting this amazing book and felt compelled to share. In addition to being an excellent resource for acoustics, this is also one of the most relatable and intuitive introductions to wave physics I’ve ever found. There are a bunch of MAX/MSP patches that go along with the book, and many of the graphics are made using Ripple. Check it out:

Eric Heller -