Drone Drama: Music for the Dead video was filmed on San Francisco Peninsula 2016-2017. The music is from American composer Sean Derrick Cooper Marquardt’s eleven chapter album, Drone Drama: Music for the Dead.


Drone Drama examines current social upheaval on the San Francisco peninsula following Marquardt’s chapter titles.

Despite California’s free-wheeling, rebellious US government attitude, the state is the world's fifth largest economy supported by military defense contracts. The southern state aerospace industry and the knowledge systems technology corporations of Silicon Valley morphed out of the Vietnam Nam War machine based on the San Francisco Peninsula. The Viet war machine grew out the local, world's greatest WWII Alameda shipbuilders. This evolved from the wealth of genocidal Spanish Missions and California's San Joaquin Valley which supplies 25% of world's food. Big agriculture business has subsequently moved into the valley, and, having snatched the sea of wild grasses, wild flowers and the land of various peoples, has created more (unreported) crime and homeless society than anywhere in the United States.

DRONE DRAMA: MUSIC FOR THE DEAD 11 chapter video…or view by chapter….

Chapter 1. 'I love watching the movement of your limbs when they tremble from the wind's gentle caress.' This chapter was filmed on the full moon summer solstice four hundred miles away from Aliso Canyon gas storage. The facility leaked a methane plume visible from space into the air for four months in 2016. With Christa Hunter.

Chapter 2. 'Things that never die have never lived.' Found online war video and war explosions posted as entertainment.

Chapter 3. 'Music for the Dead' examines domestic violence and it's connection to collective anger and violence through the eyes of the traumatized witness. With Martha Martinez and Robert.

Chapter 4. Offerings of the Oracle examines two repositories of knowledge and prediction in split screen: an online psychic-oracle, descendent of trans gender shaman who used mask, costume, mood, and herbs to find answers within and in nature for the survival of tribe, and Oracle software corporation, a militarized knowledge editor named after it’s first CIA contract, their headquarters, salt pond and Oracle Team USA American Cup Challenger. With Rickey Crowe.

Chapter 5. 'People build fences to keep people out and other people build fences to keep people in,' presents the 'surveillance eye,' by drone at Pedro Rock, and design of Alcatraz prison, San Francisco. Josh Berkowitz drone.

Chapter 6. 'If you are not a fish, how can you tell if the fish are happy?' considers the relevance of ancient dialogue about knowledge to contemporary digital information practice. It addresses the dilemma of knowledge at the precipice of nuclear and environmental disaster, in the age of drones.

Chapter 7. ‘Only the Sufferers Know How their Bellies Ache.’ San Francisco 03.2017. I had to wait a long time to finish filming this final chapter of Drone Drama. Winter storms kept me from moving around beneath the San Francisco freeway ramps. By the time I got there, I was informed the city was removing the north side of the freeway camps where the 'drug-users' lived. The south side, the 'non-drug-users-just-homeless' side, was visibly frantic about the possibility of losing their much cleaner camps. "…it's a game," a man said drinking beer, with his canoe and giant teddy bear, hanging back and waiting for the city workers and police to leave so they could return. The link between the homeless, drone drama and tech corporations in the most expensive city in the USA, continues to be interesting to examine: San Francisco Peninsula, Silicon Valley, once home base to the Vietnam war defense contract industry, and previously greatest WWII ship builders in the world, is now the highly militarized bio-tech industry

Chapter 8. 'Kind Words Conquer.' I asked people to say, 'I Love You.' Golden Estella, Carlos, Hannah, Jeff Crouch, Sarah, Tamia, Mayra, Corissa, Karima, Vince, Chandra Erickson, Rickey Crowe, Shannon, Sulem Lopez, Rafael Gonzalez.

Chapter 9. 'When Eating the Fruit, Remember the One Who Planted the Tree.' With GoldenEstella. San Francisco Botanical Gardens, San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Potrero Seed Library, Shelldance Orchid Gardens: In the past 25 years, Davis and Rothenberg have established Shelldance Nursery as one of the premiere collections of rare and exotic bromeliads. With Golden Estella.

Chapter 10. 'I slept on your side of the bed because the pillow smells like you,' contemplates love and loss in the age of the drone. With Rickey Crowe.

Chapter 11. 'If you were born without wings, do nothing to prevent them from growing,' suggests consciousness as path to transformation and change. It was filmed at the NO Dakota Access Pipeline protests 2016 Berkeley Indigenous Day. Military etchings depicting the 300,000 Northern California Indian genocide lined the walls of the hotel where I stayed for the night.

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