Re: A Little bit of Theory
Anyhow, to the original post,
Yeah, I get what your saying, in hard rock and metal, the audience participation is such a key element of the genres. I think many guys got into the stick flips and exagerated arm movements to make up for that fact so many of them had huge rack toms in front of them, and the audience couldn't see the drummer.
But overall, it extends in to all music. I remember seeing a certain fusion band a few times, the the drummer had two huge ride cymbals, one on the right and one on the left, plus several crashes right at his face level. Overall, you couldn't see the drummer behind his wall of drums and cymbals. It was a bit of a turn off.
Gene, Buddy, Louise, Papp Jo Jones, and all the big band greats knew the visual aspect was important as evidence by all the great clips on youtube.