Don Lewis, Small Drone Orchestra

Using bowed bass guitar, analog synthesizer and voice, Small Drone Orchestra starts with a low fundamental tone and gradually brings out its resonant frequencies or overtones. This creates panoramas of swirling overtones beating against each other. The patterns vibrate the eardrums and send pulses throughout the nervous system, enabling the mind to embark on very special explorations and in new directions, because it always has a fixed point to come back to. The mind becomes more directly in touch with universal structure and a sense of order beyond what one sees in daily life.

It is Small Drone Orchestra’s hope that this shift in consciousness will open the door to new possibilities, both individually and collectively.

About Don:  Don Lewis is a sound artist living in Los Angeles, California. His work focuses on the innate qualities of sound, dissecting sound into its fundamental frequencies, and using these components to go further into the sound, much like zooming in on a fractal. And like a fractal, one can zoom further and further in and never reach the end.

Notable performances have included Soundwalk, Long Beach, CA; Norcal Noisefest, Sacramento, CA; UB Radio, Alameda, CA; Los Angeles Free Music Society: Beneath the Valley of the Lowest Form of Music, The Box, Los Angeles, CA; Beyond Music Festival, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA; and Line Space Line Festival of Improvised and Experimental Music, Los Angeles, CA. These events encompassed solo improvisation, solo composition exhibition, playback and discussion, live film soundtracks, collaborative improvisation, and site-specific installation.

Collaborative partners have included Leticia Castaneda, Albert Ortega and Joe Potts among others. Lewis sees his practice as aligned with the seminal noise collective the Los Angeles Free Music Society, and the New York trance group Dream Syndicate founded by LaMonte Young, Tony Conrad, and John Cale.

Lewis’s debut CD Lost In Largesse by Small Drone Orchestra, was released on Bandcamp in 2015. His work is featured on several compilations including Beyond the Pink Live (Organ of Corti, 1999), Blorp Esette Gazette (Transparency, 2014), Feel the Frequency: 2015 Norcal Noisefest Audio Document (Norcal Noisefest, 2015), and LAFMS Box Box (The Box, 2016).

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