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by Nico Muhly

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Nico's three EPs (Drones & Piano, Drones & Viola, Drones & Violin) along with an exclusive bonus track, "Drones in Large Cycles".

    Includes unlimited streaming of Drones via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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Part I 03:20
Part II 03:01
Part IV 03:30
Part V 02:44


I started writing the Drones pieces as a method of developing harmonic ideas over a static structure. The idea is something not unlike singing along with one’s vacuum cleaner, or with the subtle but constant humming found in most dwelling-places. We surround ourselves with constant noise, and the Drones pieces are an attempt to honor these drones and stylize them. -Nico Muhly


Drones consists of the Nico Muhly’s three EP’s Drones & Piano, Drones & Viola and Drones & Violin, with a special bonus composition. Performing the pieces are Bruce Brubaker, Nadia Sirota and Pekka Kuusisto along with Muhly himself. Drones was recorded and produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson in the Greenhouse studios in Iceland.


These are drones with an intellect. -The Atlantic

...expressive, enchanting, moving skein. -The Telegraph

...a lilting, sometimes arch set of modern classical composition – by no means intimidating to neophytes, and encoded with delightful little motifs. -FACT Magazine

... the bedrock of these pieces becomes highly charged; stuck within a confined space they so desperately want to break free of. -Drowned In Sound

...the results are captivating and continue to strengthen the case for Nico Muhly as one of the world’s consistently brilliant young composers. -Boomkat


released November 19, 2012

All music composed by Nico Muhly
©2010-2012 St. Rose Music Publishing Co., Inc. (ASCAP)

Produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson

Bruce Brubaker Piano
Nadia Sirota Viola
Pekka Kuusisto Violin
Nico Muhly Piano, Drones

Engineered by Paul Evans
Mixed by Valgeir Sigurðsson & Paul Evans
Recorded & Mixed at Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavík
Additional Recording at Downtown Music Studios, New York City.
Additional Engineering by Dan Bora
Mastered at Greenhouse Studios, Reykjavík by Valgeir Sigurðsson
Studio manager: Sturla Mio Þórisson
Assistant: Luke Howard, Einar Stefánsson and Jonathan Kawchuk

Design by Chris Bigg
Photography by Luís Filipe Cunha

Drones & Piano: Commissioned by the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival
Drones & Violin: Commissioned by the Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven

℗&© 2012 Bedroom Community
All rights of the producer and the owner of this recorded work reserved.
Unauthorized copying, public performance, broadcasting, hiring or rental of this recording prohibited.


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Nico Muhly is a composer of orchestral music, stage works and sacred music. His work for film includes scores for for The Reader and the BBC adaptation of Howards End. Recordings of his works have been released by Decca and Nonesuch, and he is part of the artist-run record label Bedroom Community, which released his first two albums, Speaks Volumes and Mothertongue. ... more

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