Subject of the Drone

Purves, Robin orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-4614-0426 (2020) Subject of the Drone. Metal Music Studies, 6 (2). pp. 145-159. ISSN 2052-3998

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To clarify the relationship or non-relation between the Minimalist genre of the drone and musical meaning, three drone-related works by Joan La Barbara, Eleh and Keiji Haino are discussed with respect to their relative proximity to, or distance from, language and/or speech. Each piece of music is also considered in terms of the subject who listens, leading to some speculative thoughts on the uses made of the drone and its remarkable persistence and diversity.

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