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This Is Not A Drum Solo

from New Music Monday vol. 1 by Greg Segal

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This is fifteen minutes of drums, entitled " This Is Not A Drum Solo". Yes, I am a Magritte fan, but there is actually more of a reason for the title than that.

When recording this, I was aiming at what I think of as "composing from the kit"- setting rhythms, breaks, dynamics, textures, moods, all from the drum line. The other tracks are then added and built up around it. This process is sometimes called "through composition", but I don't know how often people begin the process with drums.

Multi-tracking often begins with drums, but the songs are most often written ahead of time, on something like guitar or piano. In this case, I fully expect something will grow up around this, and it will turn into a fleshed-out, orchestrated piece of music. Just the same, I offer it here for a glimpse into how the process starts, and also for a glimpse of how the mega-kit is shaping up. This configuration is a partial one, being almost all drums and almost no cymbals (which haven't been put up yet). Just hi-hat and ride.

The recording was very basic: live to H2 (stereo digital recorder) on a tripod positioned not far above and behind my head. I'm pleased with the result.


from New Music Monday vol. 1, released June 4, 2013
Recorded 2/14. Greg Segal: drums


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