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Reformation Drum Solo

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Long drum solos aren’t for everyone - I get it. Just do what many at Grateful Dead concerts did and look at it as an opportunity to go get another beer. On the other hand, if you are the sort of person who cheers at the fireworks show, I hope you enjoy it. Turn it up!

I’m improvising several different grooves and playing about as fast as I can on this single stereo track, mainly on one conga drum (and its side) with lots of head manipulation, so my forearms are burning by the end of the 8 minutes (!). And I make plenty of mistakes: remember it’s not the moment of perfection but the perfection of the moment that a live drum solo is all about.

Lexicon processed for mod delay and a crazy amount of pitch shifting, then compressed with Audacity.

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Brian Bazeley said

This one could be a bit of a challenge. Thanks for your comments on Rafts.

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sig076 said

like this a lot!

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Johnny Stone said

Nice one Norm. I am still catching up on your earlier work. This is great mate. And thanks for listening mate cheers.

Guest said

AWARD: Best Collaboration (Seems only fair, haha!)

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Movement To Contact said

Congrats!!! You have just won an M.T.C Music award!!! AWARD: Best Drum Solo

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Dave Berry said

I can dig it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Reefwalker said

WOW, where did this come from?? I love it. from the beginning where you turn the mic on before you begin play all the way to the lactic acid finish.

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Movement To Contact said

still f___ing sick in my book.....i still can't get over this one....damn man...damn...

Guest said

Wow!This is fantastic. Alex.

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Guest said

Pure entertainment! loved every second of the drum Jam.

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Movement To Contact said

Damn fine work Norm. Damn fine. Love the changes, the whole piece is incredible. Also love the comment reference to mty. python. ;) The speed at the begining is killer. Listened to, saved, donwloaded, and fav'd....i'll be jammin on this on for a while!

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Richard Hardrick said


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Norm said

@Sis: LOL! Sir Bedevere: There are ways of telling whether she is a witch. ---Are there? Oh well, tell us. Sir Bedevere: Tell me. What do you do with witches? --Burn them. Sir Bedevere: And what do you burn, apart from witches? --More witches. --Wood. Sir Bedevere: Good. Now, why do witches burn? --...because they're made of... wood? Sir Bedevere: Good. So how do you tell whether she is made of wood? --Build a bridge out of her. Sir Bedevere: But can you not also build bridges out of stone? --Oh yeah. Sir Bedevere: Does wood sink in water? --No, no, it floats!... It floats! Throw her into the pond! Sir Bedevere: No, no. What else floats in water? --Bread. --Apples. --Very small rocks. --Cider. --Gravy. --Cherries. --Mud. --Churches. --Lead! Lead! --A Duck. Sir Bedevere: ...Exactly. So, logically... --If she weighed the same as a duck... she's made of wood. Sir Bedevere: And therefore... ...A witch!

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kirklynch said

Way cool! Dig that shift at 4 minutes

Guest said

He's a witch! He's a witch!

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kavin. said

always dig long drum solos if interesting, and this sure is. DL'd to mess around with later.

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vaisvil said

this is great - I can *feel* the rhythm - you got my Polish genes rockin - now that is an accomplishment!!

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Tharek Ali Mokbul said

This will be a great track to work out to.... Downloaded for the MP3 Player!

Guest said

Tess's dad was in a band and the highlight of the night was usually Dave Bunday's drum solo. Several of us would dance to it. The drum surely was the first instrument? This track really shows me that you know your stuff Norm. I bet they'll all be sampling it like mad. And why not? Ha ha.

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Rick Phillips said

Whoooooo hoooooo!