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June 9, 2012 10:02 PM

Here's the SMOKE BENDERS, live in Toyama, Japan, from March 2012. The sound is a little gymnasium-y, due to the fact that the gig was in a gymnasium. I'm on electric talking drum for this one. Video here.

posted by flapjax at midnite (6 comments total)

Just love the direction you're going in with these guys.
Such an organically funky groove.
posted by chococat at 10:16 PM on June 9, 2012

Thanks so much chococat. Although it pains me to note that your comment should read "you went in" rather than "you're going in", cause it looks like the band is kaput. Some stupid psychological bullshit went down, and... I dunno, I think the unit is dead, sad to say. Might still be working with drummer Naoya Numa from time to time, but unless a certain other member comes around and grows up a little bit, it's the end of the trio. Total bummer, but... whaddayagunnado? People can get weird on you.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:50 PM on June 9, 2012

Oh, that's too bad. The tuba-as-bass was a really great feel and there was certainly a chemistry there.
I hear you about bad dynamics, though, bandmate-wise. Hopefully you can salvage something with Mr. Numa because I quite enjoyed how you played together.
posted by chococat at 10:57 PM on June 9, 2012 [1 favorite]

This is great dude, love the rhythms. Even the gymnasium-y sound sounds good ffs! (how do you do it?!)

Also, Electric Talking Drum sounds like a great name for a track or album. Got any pics of said instrument?
posted by marienbad at 4:20 PM on June 11, 2012

Thanks for your comment, marienbad!

Got any pics of said instrument?

The drum itself is nothing special, just a REMO brand talking drum. The "electric" part is just that I've attched a contact mic to it, which I run through EQ, distortion and a cheap pitch shifter. In the clip you can see a little bit of red tape on the drum head: the piezo pickup is under that.

Here's a picture of the drum. Here's the pitch shifter.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:27 PM on June 11, 2012

Great photstream mate, some cool stuff:

Korg Wave Drum

Cheap Organ

Columbia Record Player - as I have been a vinyl and turntable lover since I was a little boy, I love this.

Tambourine - so cool.

I could go on...
posted by marienbad at 2:48 PM on June 12, 2012

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