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    Tue, 12 Apr 2016 12:07:15

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    New York City's Lincoln Center hosts the annual Out of Doors Festival. In advance of the full lineup announcement, the festival organizers have announced the "The Bells," a daylong celebration in honor of Lou Reed. The event takes it's name from the title track to Reed's 1979 album. Lou Reed's widow, Laurie Anderson, and his longtime producer, Hal Willner, are curating the program, Pitchfork reports.

    Among the highlights outlined in the press release, is a group tai chi class taught by Reed's teacher Master Ren Guangyi. Laurie Anderson will exhibit her sound installation Lou Reed: Drones, a three-hour, feedback-based composition built from Reed's guitars and amps.

    Anderson and Willner will host a guest-packed tribute show in the nearby Damrosch Park. The night will end with a screening of Julian Schnabel's 2008 documentary, Berlin: Live at St. Ann's Warehouse.

    "Lou Reed's DRONES is a three-hour-long visceral, emotional and spiritual installation during which audience members may come and go as they please. Featuring Reed's guitars and amps in feedback mode, twenty-four strings create an amalgamation of three hundred and sixty partial harmonics colliding, cascading and uniting in sound. Introducing gain and sculpting sonic frequencies, a feedback loop is created with each guitar and its respective amplifier.

    The Velvet Underground embraced suspended notes sustained against musical changes. Both Lou Reed and John Cale were influenced by the work of La Monte Young, and in 1975, Lou Reed would play out the drone music that had been an early influence. Metal Machine Music album laid the foundation for ambient and industrial music. This album inspired numerous musicians and bands. The DRONES will be introduced and operated by Lou's long-serving former guitar tech, Stewart Hurwood."

    The press release explains the significance of Lincoln Center to Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson. The couple were known to frequently attended performances at the famed venue. Lincoln Center was chosen as the cite for Reed's public memorial following his death in 2013.



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