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    Thursday, November 1, 2012

    I make brush beater and stick drum tracks online for musicians. I work as a musician-engineer at my studio in Bristol UK If you’d like to work with me feel free to get in contact

  • Brush and Beater Shot

    Brushes and Beaters

    Saturday, April 14, 2012
  • ... what's that one on the left??!

    … on the left …

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012
  • ... stereo rumble overhead mic technique ... :)

    … stereo rumble

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012
  • ...in amongst the drum kit

    … in amongst…

    Tuesday, April 10, 2012
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    Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Work Method - and general enthusiasms

Outoftheboxdrums is my take on the well-established online drum-recording phenomenon.  Drums are always the support for music – it’s bones. The aim is to transmit emotion in the most economical way.  I’m a great follower of the “minimum voltage” in Michael Stavrou’s  “Mixing With Your Mind”.

Just as an acoustic guitar can be made to resonate above a pounding drum kit, brush strokes can put a shiver through programmed beats. Microphone gain can be used to refocus the incredibly quiet as the foundation of a song’s tone leading to interesting places.

Playing drums with all surfaces of brushes beaters and sticks confuses the ear’s regular diet. “Acousmatic” describes an area of electronic music and relates to music being generated behind a screen – When you can’t hear what’s making the sound it’s more interesting.

Power is frequently attributed in drumming to volume. A light touch and tone less-so. The technique of playing in a controlled way and magnifying it brings out the humming sympathetic resonances of real drums. Pure mic signals sound punchy and three-dimensional when recorded like this. They get subtly even better going through valves and compression. If you’d like these kind of tactile drums for your music do get in touch. I’d be really interested to hear your project.

I was working on a track recently akin to the sleeve notes of Squarepusher’s Feed Me Weird Things where he allegedly experiments recording an ant walking on sand. Headphones came in really handy!

Recent Work

Damir Yakubov – Kuvshin

This man is an enigma. My reaction when getting to know him in the studio was to be in record. All the time. Just in case we caught something unplanned and beautiful.

Kuvshin was my favourite of his since our first session in 2011. I’m really glad this made it to be the opener.

Sol Trader – Socioeconomics

This is a track from the Debut EP of Cardigan Hip Hop artist Sol Trader. His razor-sharp dark lyrics sound at home against the dull thud of surdo off-mic and the handle of its beater on a ride cymbal.

Paul Butler – She Runs with the Foxes

This is a track from Paul’s forthcoming album “Cities Made of Gold” featuring the gorgeous playing of Tammy Rogers on fiddle. We ended up using quite a bit of lofi Sony MS907 on the drums for rawness.

Volander – Traffic

This comes from a project called Volander that’s a collaboration between myself and Berliner, John Lemke. Traffic features the Kora playing of Moussa Kouyate cut together with John Cage talking on the activity of sound. It’s a brush and beater drum track with the occasional stick.

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