A Performance Fiction project by AAS
Throughout history, Receivers have often gathered together to parade around drumming and chanting, getting into a trance state so they can hear The Eternal Drone – the infinitely slow sound of the universe, born in the Big Bang with space and time, which it binds together. The Eternal Drone is the ground from which all other sound arises.
The band Samekhmem create audio rituals that prepare people to be able to receive The Eternal Drone. Their performances often draw Receivers together, but people with a particularly developed ‘Third Ear’ are sometimes able to have a spontaneous gnosis of The Eternal Drone, and only later seek out others like them.
Receivers Temple of the Sacred Drone
ARTicle, BIAD 13 February – 2 March 2012
and online at The Unstitute 5 February – 5 May 2012
The Receivers were called forth to make their temporary headquarters, to experience The Eternal Drone and take collective action, creating new rituals and other changes. We prepared the space to create a suitable environment for this, and others were invited to contribute anything else that could help to build the community and encourage discussion.
The Cult of Quatermass
21 January – 12 February 2012 Xero, Kline & Coma, London E2
An installation of a laboratory control room containing video and machines for producing sounds that could be mixed, live, by the audience. The narrative developed through Professor Quatermass’ obsession with a cult of ‘Receivers’ and the Eternal Drone that called to them.
Audio Performance at The Event festival
21 October 2012, Minerva Works, Birmingham
Samkhmem are performers of the Sacred Eternal Drone – a perpetual vibration that has always been and will always continue. By participating in the sacrament, a rite of separation, the congregation entered into the collective mystery of the Eternal Drone. Samekhmem offered a meditative environment for the audience’s inner journey, before words, before music.