Bedroom Community

Press Reviews for Drones

Drones have been a part of the tapestry of Western art music since the Middle Ages, so it's interesting to hear this poster boy of classical music in the Twitter era (note: with his liberal use of phrases like 'homegirl' to describe many a gentleman collaborator over at his thoroughly entertaining blog, perhaps that should be poster girl?) place them in such close contrast with overtly 21st century piano writing. It's a theoretical idea that Muhly describes as "something not unlike singing along with one's vacuum cleaner", but don't assume this five-song collection sounds like your aunt singing Duran Duran whilst lugging a Dyson across the living room.

The drones themselves are constructed from single, jittering piano notes and the unmeasured bows of violist Nadia Sirota. When paired with the occasional bit of prepared piano (it's all a bit reminiscent of Muhly's 'Skip Town'), the bedrock of these pieces becomes highly charged; stuck within a confined space they so desperately want to break free of. The main focus -- Muhly's piano writing, here performed by Bruce Brubaker -- is often expressive melodies punctuated with percussive stabs at either end of the instrument's range. It's most prominent in the abrupt interjections of 'Part II', a delicate piece that gives way to the brief but heroic struggle of 'Part III (The 8th Tune)', before bleeding into the altogether more pensive 'Part IV', a piece that makes notably beautiful use of the piano's booming lower register. The outer parts (there's a mischeivous quality to 'Part I', and the slow collapse of 'Part V' is an apt finale) serve to book-end this charming little collection well.

Drowned in Sound (June 21st 2012)

Mailing List

If you would like to receive news from Bedroom Community, please enter your e-mail address in the box below and press OK.

        

Upcoming events

Discography

Drones
Released on 12 November 2012
Order now

I Drink The Air Before Me
Released on 6 September 2010
Order now

Mothertongue
Released on 25 May 2008
Order now

Speaks Volumes
Released on 25 November 2006
Order now

On the web

  • Find out more on Nico Muhly’s website
  • Check out Nico Muhly’s page on Facebook
  • Follow Nico Muhly on Twitter

Press tools

Listen in Pop-out player