Dwight Ashley & Tim Story’s 1997 release, Drop.
Drop was originally released on Angel Romero’s. Lektronic Soundscapes label in November of 1997. (Read the original press release for Lektronic Soundscapes) It’s cover design (created by Next Year’s News, Inc.) was included in Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual the following year. In 2005 it was reissued on Nepenthe Music & Publishing label. It should also be noted that around this time, 1997, Brian Eno’s The Drop came out. Another fact of note is that Tim & I had finished this release some where around 1993 and could not find any one to release it until Angel gave it a listen. The name for the release came from a mutual friend of Tim and mine, David Elliot…we actually stole it from him…we told him we were going to of course. One last fact…The Hearts of Space Show #505 used 6 tracks from Drop…the show’s episode name is entitled Descent. (see the partial playlist from Drop below ).
HOS PGM. 505 DESCENT 1998
PGM NOTE : existential chamber music for the darkening world of autumn
Producer : Steve Davis and Stephen Hill
|Track :||Rooster 1997 Artist : ASHLEY/STORY Album : DROP
Laughter 1997 Artist : ASHLEY/STORY Album : DROP
Jealous Entropy 1997 Artist : ASHLEY/STORY Album : DROP
The Intraocular Snare 1997 Artist : ASHLEY/STORY Album : DROP
Hang Up and Try Again 1997 Artist : ASHLEY/STORY Album : DROP
A Ripening 1997 Artist : ASHLEY/STORY Album : DROP
Now about the Cover.
The cover photo came from a stock photo company named Bettman Archive, now known as Corbis.
Original caption: 2/1/1974-Sao Paulo, Brazil- Body of man falls through space after he jumped to his death from burning 22-story Joelma Building in downtown Sao Paulo Feb. 1 as flames roar through the quarters of an investment bank. Hundreds of people were trapped on upper floor of the building, many rushing to the top for a possible roof-top rescue by helicopters. The tragedy left hundreds injured and more than 180 dead.
Note the date 1974. That would be around 27 years before Sept. 11th, 2001. Note that this building fire happened in South America. Note the build architecture on the left…not really Twin Towers or a New York Skyline.
Why am I bringing this up? To set the record straight. Since 2001 Tim and I have had to personally field questions about the cover, “…was it from 911?”. We even debated (for about a minute), if we should change the cover on the reissue as it was 4 years after the horribleness in New York had occurred. We thought the cover photo as well as the package design reflected what was going on with the music. So to bring it back around the cover photo on Drop, 911 it is not.
Thanks for reading. Next time!