BEIRUT: After meticulous preparations and endless sound checks, the Beirut Drone '19 was finally open for the audiophiles of Beirut to lie down, relax, and enjoy a 12-hour audiovisual journey.
On Saturday, the Zoukak Theaters hosted the event organized by Ruptured Records and Lumen Project in collaboration with Woodwork Studios.
Starting off with a meditation opening session, attendees were advised to take their shoes off, grab a blanket, sit down comfortably, and even sleep if they wanted to, in order to experience the full voyage.
Annahar had the chance to attend and understand the essence of Beirut Drone, which featured eighteen musical artists and three visual artists.
Performing under the stage name “Wildbirds,” Warliin is a drummer that plays improvised songs. Being no stranger to the drone concept, this is his third drone music event.
“This is a special event, not like proper concerts. This is more of an introspective way of looking and listening to music.” Warliin told Annahar.
Warliin explained his deep love for the meditative effect music has and carries into the daily life, especially in drone events, "even if you are not in the main room, you feel the whole presence of the music.”
Marking her fourth drone performance, Moss plays the violin with different sound altering effects. She has performed mostly in bands and describes her genre as simply “non-traditional, and a different of genres of experimental.”
Moss told Annahar, that most of the music she plays is improvised, and her muse for the night was Beirut itself. She explained the beauty drone events carry as they differ from typical concerts.
“The idea of turning music into something that you can experience in a non-traditional way can really affect you on a spiritual and mental level,” Moss added.
Then there was Lebanese visual artist Elyse Tabet merging with the sounds and vibrations of the visual projections for four hours straight.
This was Tabet’s first drone experience as she usually plays in electronic and acoustic setups both locally and internationally. She explained the difference and significance the setup holds on both the visual and audio experience, “as the music is not quantized, but the sound is flowing freely and fluctuating.”
“I capture audio and then I make the visual respond to the audio. That means if there’s a lot of sounds, then the visuals have a lot of brightness. It’s interesting how the visuals will interact with the sound,” she added.
Playing the percussion and marimba, Mika Takehara discovered her passion for music at the age of two when she first learned the piano.
After preparing for the Beirut Drone for four continuous days, Takehara explained to Annahar the passion and the beautiful people such events carry.
"You just enjoy the moment in which you're creating this music. This is what music, meaningful music, really is.” Takehara said.
Playing ambient music using guitar, pedals, and other utensils, Lebanese musician Charbel Haber was another star of the show.
He has been making music for almost 24 years, with people and the human condition as his main inspiration.
“I get into drone music, I become part of the audience. Sometimes, the sounds morph into each other, and collide, and create new sounds that I discover on the spot and I react and interact with them.” Haber told Annahar.
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