Kovács/O’Doherty

Drone Pattern

Drone Pattern

Drone Pattern

Drone Pattern is a work that presents two rowboats, with a rower and a bagpiper in each boat. The work is based around a score of interlocking boat movements and pipe sounds. The two bagpipers play alternating sections of drone, melody, and silence, as the two rowers move the boats across the surface of a body of water. From the perspective of viewers and listeners on the land, the sound is altered not just by the iterations of the pipers playing, but also rises and falls due to the physical distance to each sound source, due to their movements across the surface of the water.

The work was initially presented on the river Spree in Berlin, in September 2013, as a one-off installation supported by a Tanzstipendium grant of the Berlin Senat.

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