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MauriceK, caught between dev and drums » 2006 »

August 21, 2006

Running without hiding…

Category: Music — kaldor @ 10:50 pm

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Staying hundrets of kilometers away from your drums may get you sick. And it is exactly the same for me. You start to teeter with your feets everytime you imagine some groove or melody from somewhere. You cannot stop thinking about the stuff you played the last time and anxiety is trying to catch you that you lost all your talent in the meantime. So it was only a matter of time until I had to find a way to drum again. The result is a beautiful Yahama DTXplorer III.

To show you that I am serious here some pictures of it standing in my room in the Berlin apartment:

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The feature list is brilliant and until now I only had a chance to play along with some sounds. Checking the songs or even programming my own sets was totally unneccessary until now. But it is a fact that the sound always influences the drummer. I would have never get so much fun playing stuff like this:

song 1

song 2

song 3

song 4

song 5

Except the last one all are just very easy stuff, simple grooves filled up with some even more simple breaks. It’s hard to describe the groove feeling you get with it, I would have never expected something like that from an electronic device. Playing really non straight-rock stuff is really bracing. But did you recognize the truth? Actually these are basic rock grooves just played along with some unorthodox sounds.

So this is once again a proove that sound makes the music. But the groove still comes from the drummer :) Hopefully I will be able to show you some better results next time. Currently I am using REAPER, some crappy shareware stuff. Also Audacity could not satisfy me until now. So it seems that commercial software still has its value in GPL times…