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Drummin' For Jebus

By CosmicCairns on March 22, 2018 2:10 am

As a one man musical operation I am by necessity a multi-instrumentalist.  I think I'm decently good at a lot of instruments without being a virtuoso at anything.  That said I am decidedly NOT a drummer.  So I figured what better way to push myself out of my comfort zone than to do something with nothing but percussive elements?  I pulled out all kinds of household items such as pots and pans, drinking glasses, popcorn tins, and a 5-gallon water bottle and just started banging away.  It was super fun! 

My crappy drumming skills created a chaotic feel to begin with, so I decided to go all in on the chaos towards the end of the track.  I randomly copied and pasted snippets from the earlier part of the track and layered them in a haphazard fashion to create a cacophony of sound.  It's weird, my brain still wants to pick out patterns in the chaos and I can hear some strange rhythms in there.  Anyway, just having some fun messing around this week.  Now back to your regularly scheduled program...

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March 26, 2018 12:37 am

Jebus would certainly appreciate this.

March 26, 2018 1:47 am

I’ve been waiting on the G Bus all day. I’m starting to think it doesn’t make this stop.


It’s good to venture out of your comfort zone.

March 26, 2018 5:12 am

Getting out of your comfort zone is good for you. Random composition was in Vogue in the 1970’s among the ‘legit’ composers. Where they successful? Did it sell? Nah, I had to compose a few random compositions. My most random and therefore most successful was done by spreading a painters tarp on my studio floor, covering it with manuscript paper randomly thrown about, stood in the middle with my composition pen and spinning around squirted ink from the pen all over the paper. I recopied it for chamber orchestra. Bigger blobs of ink were whole notes smaller were eighth or faster. Did it sound good? Heck no. It was Gawd awful. But it was random so I got an A. smile

March 26, 2018 9:33 am

Sounds like funnn! I've been thinking of doing a purely percussive piece for a while too

March 26, 2018 2:10 pm

Congratiolation. This drumming is very inspiring. Could be the food for a nice guitartrack, if I may use it one day?

March 26, 2018 6:53 pm

You are exactly right!  If you want to get better at something, keep doing it!  And this was actually very cool and fun to listen to.  So, hate to break it to you, but it looks like you are a drummer now.  :-)

Q-Rosh wrote:

Congratiolation.

Dude, that was hilarious.

March 27, 2018 12:11 am

I was listening to an NPR interview with a band that does all percussion recordings from found objects.  Sounds very similar and actually just as good.  At one point they were playing a cactus (the needles).  Honestly, yours is a bit more interesting. Very cool!

March 27, 2018 1:07 am


 

Jim Wood wrote:

Jebus would certainly appreciate this.

  I should hope so since I did it for him!





E-dub wrote:

I’ve been waiting on the G Bus all day. I’m starting to think it doesn’t make this stop.


It’s good to venture out of your comfort zone.

  I think you have to drum to make it stop.



OleJazzer wrote:

Getting out of your comfort zone is good for you. Random composition was in Vogue in the 1970’s among the ‘legit’ composers. Where they successful? Did it sell? Nah, I had to compose a few random compositions. My most random and therefore most successful was done by spreading a painters tarp on my studio floor, covering it with manuscript paper randomly thrown about, stood in the middle with my composition pen and spinning around squirted ink from the pen all over the paper. I recopied it for chamber orchestra. Bigger blobs of ink were whole notes smaller were eighth or faster. Did it sound good? Heck no. It was Gawd awful. But it was random so I got an A. smile

  That certainly sounds like an interesting method of composition!  I think randomness can be an interesting element to introduce, but I probably wouldn't want to rely exclusively on it.



Avarine wrote:

Sounds like funnn! I've been thinking of doing a purely percussive piece for a while too

  Thanks!  It was fun.  And you should totally go for it.



Q-Rosh wrote:

Congratiolation. This drumming is very inspiring. Could be the food for a nice guitartrack, if I may use it one day?

  Absolutely.  Anytime.  And thanks!



orangedrink wrote:

You are exactly right!  If you want to get better at something, keep doing it!  And this was actually very cool and fun to listen to.  So, hate to break it to you, but it looks like you are a drummer now.  :-)

Q-Rosh wrote:

Congratiolation.

Dude, that was hilarious.

  Thanks!  I will wear my drummer badge with pride, even if I'm not a very good one.



NWSPR wrote:

I was listening to an NPR interview with a band that does all percussion recordings from found objects.  Sounds very similar and actually just as good.  At one point they were playing a cactus (the needles).  Honestly, yours is a bit more interesting. Very cool!

  Thanks for listening.  Cactus needles, huh?  I know I've occasionally tried to get sounds from strange sources and a lot of times the result is less interesting than the weird thing it came from.  But it's always fun to experiment and see what happens!

March 27, 2018 8:36 am

Cool, Respect!
You know  i am able to drum my beats on pads one by one... but as soon as i have some drumsticks i really suck.
Sounds are nice... i dig that percussion flair.
What is it that you banged in stereo when the reverses start? I really like to use that instead of a snare some time.

March 27, 2018 1:23 pm

Jebus, sounds like you had fun making sound popcorn!

March 27, 2018 7:19 pm

Praise Jebus, its a revival. That really does sound fun, good job, I think you've got the rhythms. The holy drum gods  have blessed you. I like the backwards sound that comes in middle.

March 29, 2018 4:50 pm

Def a cool idea!  I dig the reversed parts with the stereo-widened hits. Noooice!

April 1, 2018 2:55 am

One of the most difficult percussion pieces I ever studied during my uni days was something called The Bone Alphabet by Brian Ferneyhough. This sounds remarkably similar. Just with more funk.

April 1, 2018 7:43 am

Thank you baby jebus! I love that you challenged yourself... great!!

April 1, 2018 7:34 pm
theGuen wrote:

Cool, Respect!
You know  i am able to drum my beats on pads one by one... but as soon as i have some drumsticks i really suck.
Sounds are nice... i dig that percussion flair.
What is it that you banged in stereo when the reverses start? I really like to use that instead of a snare some time.


Thanks!  The reverse part is where I started to grab random snippets from earlier, so I think that was an empty 5-gallon bottle of drinking water.  Depending on where I hit it I could get a different sound so I recorded a couple of different tracks with it hitting it in different spots.  It makes for a surprisingly good drum sound in a pinch.


cfurrow wrote:

Jebus, sounds like you had fun making sound popcorn!

  Yeah, it was a fun time.  Sometimes you just gotta pound away on stuff.



miraclemiles wrote:

Praise Jebus, its a revival. That really does sound fun, good job, I think you've got the rhythms. The holy drum gods  have blessed you. I like the backwards sound that comes in middle.

  Thanks!  I know you're a drummer and you always have awesome beats, so I really appreciate that.  I will take all the blessings from the drum gods I can get!



Tone Matrix wrote:

Def a cool idea!  I dig the reversed parts with the stereo-widened hits. Noooice!

  Thanks!  Yeah, I think that part came out kind of cool.  I was just messing around and seeing what would happen.



Ryan wrote:

One of the most difficult percussion pieces I ever studied during my uni days was something called The Bone Alphabet by Brian Ferneyhough. This sounds remarkably similar. Just with more funk.

  I'd never heard of The Bone Alphabet before, but I just went and watched someone doing a live performance of it on youtube.  That's some crazy stuff!  Thanks for sharing.



Podling wrote:

Thank you baby jebus! I love that you challenged yourself... great!!

  Thanks!  Yeah, I think you've got to challenge yourself sometimes even if the results don't always turn out awesome.  Hopefully they'll at least be interesting.  smile

April 5, 2018 9:03 pm

Well, you're a drummer now! Sounds like a fun track to do, and as it progressed I started hearing more and more rhythmic patterns in it. Very nice!

Ryan wrote:

One of the most difficult percussion pieces I ever studied during my uni days was something called The Bone Alphabet by Brian Ferneyhough. This sounds remarkably similar. Just with more funk.


:-) The first time I heard that piece performed I remember thinking 'I really can't tell if this is incredibly complex, and played as it is written, or if he's just making it up as he goes along'.

I probably could say the same thing about this piece.

April 8, 2018 6:35 pm
Plantrain wrote:

Well, you're a drummer now! Sounds like a fun track to do, and as it progressed I started hearing more and more rhythmic patterns in it. Very nice!

Ryan wrote:

One of the most difficult percussion pieces I ever studied during my uni days was something called The Bone Alphabet by Brian Ferneyhough. This sounds remarkably similar. Just with more funk.


:-) The first time I heard that piece performed I remember thinking 'I really can't tell if this is incredibly complex, and played as it is written, or if he's just making it up as he goes along'.

I probably could say the same thing about this piece.

Thanks!  It certainly is fun to just bang on some stuff once in awhile.  smile

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