A Night of Drumming

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

A friend of mine invited me out to drum at the Lake Claire Community Land Trust last night. Neither of us had been there in quite some time, so it was high time we attended! It’s usually just thunder drumming, though there were certainly times of coalescence in the rhythms. The weather was perfect for [...]

Bonnaroo 2009: Wrap-Up

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Image by Olaf via Flickr

It has been a year since I went to Bonnaroo and I’ve just realized that I never wrote anything about the experience. At least nothing of any real length. Since it has been so long, I’m just going to hit on two things that really stand out in my memory.
For those [...]

A Drum Circle Arrangement of “Galang”

Friday, January 9th, 2009

I’m imagining some possible scenarios where I could lead a drum circle into a sort of performance.  Most facilitated drum circles enter into spontaneous or random rhythms and are then led to compose the music.  I would really like to lead people (sometimes naively) into known songs.  There’s an extra sense of excitement when you [...]

Monday Night Drumming

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Last night marks the first time I’ve been able to use the fancy new field recorder to do some real recording.  Although there were only two of us to play, and I was certainly a bit out of sorts, we were able to pull off some interesting bits that rendered pretty well on the H2.  [...]

Musings for the week of 2008-12-29

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Tomorrow is Christmas – the 5-year-old is starting to vibrate. #
Balthazar just called the clock a “time machine.” Fitting, really. #
I hate cats at Christmas – they break your ornaments! #
Merry Christmas! #
I got the Zoom H2 field recorder! You can expect to hear some live drumming in the future. #

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Beating the Goat at Midnight

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

I call it Thunderhead, though I have yet to unleash upon it to confirm its namesake. It was midnight this Sunday morning when I finally got to beat the old goat skin into the night air. I played some variations on Saidi and Masmoudi to get a feel for the resonance and response on this new drum.

Musings for the week of 2008-12-15

Monday, December 15th, 2008

Tomorrow I attend a “Build-a-Drum” workshop. Very exciting! #
My son’s kindergarten teacher called me in to pickup a “sharp object.” It was a 3/4″ Forstner drill bit that he had forgotten in his pocket. #
First day of drum building was eventful! Tomorrow, I finish up and get to hear how it sounds. #
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What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Frequency is probably a term more commonly associated with 80′s synth-pop artists and electrical sound engineers. However, it’s not to be underestimated or underutilized as a viable word in other situations.
I worked with one of the more difficult teaching challenges in my experience yesterday at my drum circle. A gentleman joined us with [...]

Twitter Updates for 2008-08-19

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

@brianb I was set to buy three of those, but determined I couldn’t actually use them yet. HD prices always go down, so it’s okay to wait. #
Just ordered Xara Xtreme Pro (upgrade). This is one of the few pieces of software I *actually* own and maintain! #
Drum circle tonight in hometown. #

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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

This one is for real: please vote for my Threadless.com submission… http://is.gd/1g0F #
Drum circle tonight in downtown Gainesville (GA). Look forward to some sweat-laden percussion! #

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