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Velvet Underground's John Cale and Liam Young Take Off with New Drone Rock Orchestra in London

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Nov 24, 2014 10:47 PM EST

Perhaps a drone brings with it connotations of terror and unrest. However, in the instance of a rock orchestra, the term "drone" invokes something more humble — and Velvet Underground's John Cale finds the beauty behind the machines.

Entitled LOOP>>60Hz: Transmissions from the Drone Orchestra the latest installation from Cale and "speculative architect" Liam Young collaborate on a new futuristic composition using audio tracks and motor sounds as its instruments.

As C Net states, the technological program includes a score of drones adorned with feathers, fringy rubbers balls and a 4,000 fake-nail disco suit flew over the heads of hundreds of patrons at London's Barbican theater.

And if the sound of drones couldn't be more menacing, thus, the latest from the arts project could be a sample of the ever-changing landscape of music.

Eighty minutes of modern marvels buzzing high and above an onlooking audience, Cale described the project as "a collaboration between airborne architecture and music."

Producer Keri Elmsly also described the show to be like "a military operation."

Fittingly, the sound of drones, as Liam Young said, is normally associated with terror — often attributed to paranoia and warfare. But repurposing the sound of "the buzz" in fact plays into the aim of the concert.

But don't take our word for it.

The Creators Project, (lucky for us, a collaboration between Intel and Vice magazine) has concocted a new 10-minute mini-documentary about the mechanic concerto.

So without further ado, get schooled on the latest collaboration below.

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TagsJohn Cale, The Velvet Underground, LOOP>>60Hz: Transmissions from the Drone Orchestra, Drones, Keri Elmsly, Liam Young