Leaving the Earth Behind: EP + DG = Drone Chamber at Nepo 3
This Saturday, June 5, Seattle artist Klara Glosova will be opening her Beacon Hill house for the third installment of NEPO, her ongoing series of multimeda art parties. (Jen Graves profiled NEPO on the Slog back in March, and Joey Veltkamp recently previewed NEPO 3 on Best Of.)
NEPO 3 will be special for a number of reasons, one being a performative light and sound installation by my partner/bandmate David Golightly and myself in which we will transform Klara’s child’s bedroom into a drone chamber imbued with the raw material of creation.
OM. The eternal Word is all: what was, what is and what shall be, and what beyond is in Eternity. All is OM. [Mandukya Upanishad]
Before Time itself was measured, the Voice was speaking. The Voice was and is God. This celestial voice remained ever present with the Creator; His speech shaped the entire cosmos. [John 1:1-2, The Voice]
The assertion of a dependent relationship between the utterance of sound and the creation of the cosmos may be found in many of the world’s spiritual and philosophical traditions. Interestingly, this concept is echoed in String Theory, the branch of theoretical physics aimed at reconciling the paradox of quantum mechanics and general relativity.
With our Drone Chamber for NEPO 3, David and I aim to use the properties of our respective instruments of synthesizer and human voice to create a vibrationally activated environment in which subtle modulations of sound drastically transform the physical qualities of the room. This performance marks the beginning of what I hope will become a regular series of site-specific performative meditations on the generative properties of sound. Drone Chamber builds on the series of Subterranean Rituals we have conducted with our band Midday Veil, which utilize a combination of trance-inducing techniques and musical improvisation to probe similar territory.
NEPO 3 will take place from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. this Saturday, June 5 at 1723 S Lander Street in Seattle. The last NEPO party was a blast, and I can’t envision this one being any less spectacular. I hope you can come check it out!