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Written on Jan, 28, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Behind The Kit is great podcast talking with professional drummers about their journeys in music. I was thrilled to be a guest, and we discussed lots of topics related to drumming, composing, recording, technology, and the business of music. Visit the Behind The Kit Podcast site for more interviews and conversations with musicians who happen to be called drummers.    

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Written on Nov, 02, 2014 by in , | Leave a comment

Found some 2006 footage of a NI Vokator ‘drums processed by vocoder’ experiment. Tonight re-assigned midi to Waves Morphoder and this was the result. Groove is 11/8 or 4/4 + 3/8. I wish they would bring back Vokator. In layman’s terms, these are some pretty weird sounding drums.  

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Written on Oct, 03, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

While setting up for a drumming session, and a bit under the weather from allergies, this rhythm appeared. It felt odd (as in odd time) while playing it, but, it turns out it is a syncopated 2 bar pattern in 4/4 time. The video starts on the ‘one’ and the snare beats land on “2”, “4+” (first measure), and “3” …

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Written on Aug, 01, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

    After the Experimental Composer/Percussion Workshop among the massive amounts of drums and percussion, I found a beautiful hang drum sitting there looking lonely. I picked it up, started playing, and some magical sounds came out. I had always wanted to play one, and now I must get a few. A wonderful instrument. Recorded in light challenged conditions with an iPhone …

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Written on Jul, 03, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

  The dark humorous clip above is from the movie Whiplash featuring Miles Teller. He’s a drummer getting hammered by a band leader about tempo, that elusive skill that musicians (especially drummers) strive to perfect and control. Time is everything for a drummer and it can be difficult to control in stressful situations like this one, on stage when you can’t quite hear …

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Written on Jul, 01, 2014 by in , | Leave a comment

An experiment replacing the snare with a 14″ floor tom, an octoban played with the left foot, and no proper high hat. Featuring FMP percussion and Istanbul Agop cymbals. I often get inspired by different setups, mixing things up a bit, and seeing what happens. This groove appeared soon after setting up a 26″ Gothic Radius cymbal which compliments the …

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Written on Jun, 20, 2014 by in | 1 Comment.

  Any day that I get a call from Roy Burns is always a great day. I’ve known Roy for many years first as a teacher, which turned into a mentor, which later turned into a friend. On this occasion, he called to let me know that some footage of his drumming with The Benny Goodman Orchestra had surfaced on …

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Written on Apr, 27, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

  A bit of a soundcheck before laying down some drums for the score of “Little Paradise”. Douglas Pipes was the composer, and he was looking for an open, dare I say ‘jazzy’ type drum sound for his music. There were no close mics used, just 2 room microphones and a mono overhead mic. This is the kind of studio …

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Written on Apr, 22, 2014 by in , | Leave a comment

  Hand technique is like anything else. Use it or lose it. Before jumping into composing or recording, most mornings I’ll run through some sticking exercises, rudimental drumming, coordination patterns, and sight reading to keep in shape. The above video features improvised flams and flam taps, and few other rudimentary bits. Traditional flams, especially in drum lines, are usually played …

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Written on Apr, 17, 2014 by in | Leave a comment

Most objects usually speak out rhythms and patterns to me as I’m doing these sound design sessions, and with two of the water heater panels in front of me, this rhythm emerged. It will inevitably end up on a future piece of music. Captured by my son on an iPhone: One man’s trash is another man’s excuse for a sampling …

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