Roto-Tom Synth Improv

May 26, 2009 7:14 PM

My first and only improv drum recording...layered with my boyfriend's (the real musician) synth improv.

This is the only recorded song I've ever had anything to do with, so I felt the urge to put it here. If you're wondering why the sound quality on the toms is so awful, it's because I recorded it using my iriver clix...

posted by hellogoodbye (4 comments total)

Hey, you record with what you have. Our first album was recorded entirely on a pair of Rock Band mics. This sounds great, honestly. Then again, I like to take recordings and sounds as what they are, not what they were supposed to be. I find myself disaappointed less often that way. Not to mention that most of my "drumming" (I'm not a percussionist: I'm a hit-random-stuff-with-sticks-ist) on our recordings is on a footstool. Long story short, I really enjoyed this for what it was. I hope you'll share more with us!
posted by askmeaboutLOOM at 8:40 PM on May 26, 2009

This is fun. You're thinking about gamelan when you do this, right?

If not, it has a surprising amount of gamelan-like musical elements. Drums that shift tempo? Check. Bell-like tone? Check. Skeletal melody? Check. Melodic elaboration? Check.
posted by umbĂș at 6:36 AM on May 28, 2009

Here's what I mean.
posted by umbĂș at 6:37 AM on May 28, 2009

Actually, I did the drum part before I had heard much gamelan....I was just playing what sounded good to me and felt fun (hence the shifting tempo). My boyfriend liked gamelan before he did his part, but he actually started playing in a community gamelan ensemble a year later. This one.
posted by hellogoodbye at 9:56 PM on May 29, 2009

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