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MauriceK, caught between dev and drums » 2009 »

November 22, 2009

Concert in Berlin…

Category: Music, Spare Time — kaldor @ 2:36 pm

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Yesterday we were at the Neckbreaker Tour in Berlin at the Columbia Club. Bands playing there were

The opening was announced at 7pm and start of the show at 8pm. When we entered the hall at around 07:50 the stage crew was already preparing everything for Scar Symmetry. So it seemed that we had missed the first band already, which is unfortune.

Behemoth and Devildriver switched places on that show, leaving Devildriver as headliner for the evening.

All in all, it was a nice concert, nothing spectacular, but really good shows. Following some pictures:

November 8, 2009

Instrument enhancements…

Category: Music, Spare Time — kaldor @ 7:23 pm

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Usually I am at rehearsal with my band on Sundays around this time, but as my feet is still hurting (rather embarrassing story), I thought it is time again to write a blog entry. So this one is going to talk about my band Tokks Voitto.

Basically we have two new big news:

  1. Moritz joined the band. He’s a bass player who recently moved to Berlin. So far he has joined two rehearsals and things look promising.
  2. I have started to play as a keyboarder in the band.

Wait? Keyboard? But you were the drummer? Well, correct. You might remember some older blog entry about Akira Jimbo, and how much I am fascinated about him and his idea to enhance the rhythm section by MIDI interfaces and triggers to get more influence on the music itself. This is what we are doing now as well. Due to the fact that we were missing some easy strings occasionally in the songs, we wanted to achieve this, but in a way where we can also play it on stage. The easiest way is to get a keyboarder and let him play the stuff. Admitted, that is the easy way. But musicians evolve and so do their egos. We had ended in a situation where the keyboarder wanted to actually play stuff, which is not, what we are after.

Thus we came up with the idea of using my DTXplorer drumkit and place it to the left of my regular set. I had to move my left China a little bit more up high, but this seems to work out, as I only used it for effects or regular forth playing.

In case you’re interested, here are some pictures:

 

 

Set1

 

Set2

 

Set3

Furthermore, here’s a video shot and shared via the Ovi service:

Unfortunately I do not have any sounds to share yet. I will try to prepare some for the next blog.

Stay tuned.