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Old 04-08-2007, 05:26 AM
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Gavin,

Watching the videos from the Messe clinic, I notice you have your Powerbook/MacbookPro on a cushion/pillow. Do you ever have issues with it overheating when resting on a surface like that for a long time?

Looking forward to the first US date here in Seattle next month!

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Old 04-08-2007, 03:27 PM
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Hi Gavin,


Just popping in to say that the Musikmesse videos are fantastic. I loved the emotional side to the second song you played, and I thought that the third tune was absolutely killer. For the 1000th time, you really do have a thing for finding the perfect groove/lick/whatever to compliment the whole in a musical manner.


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Old 04-08-2007, 04:35 PM
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The 3thd video is simply amazing ! I watch it every day XD

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Old 04-08-2007, 11:37 PM
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The videos are brilliant, but hey no surprise there.....

The drumming in Quite Firm is real nice, love the 8” tom - double bass fill near the end.

I saw your new drumset and I noticed that in the specs you mention 4 toms and 3 floor toms.
But in the pictures I only see 3 toms and 2 floor toms.
Does this mean you sometimes change your tom set-up?

Or did Sonor just sent you all sizes...

Do you sometimes use other toms during recording from song to song or is it usually the same?
Do you think there’s a big difference between let’s say a 14 and a 15” floor tom??
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Old 04-09-2007, 12:38 AM
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I do believe I will be seeing you this spring at the House of Blues, Cleveland.
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Old 04-09-2007, 07:41 AM
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Where are these videos from Musikmesse everyone keeps talking about? I've searched all over.... thanks...

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Old 04-09-2007, 08:06 AM
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Hey Gavin

Love you work!!!! Any idea when the dates for the Australian leg of your tour will be announced?? Also a small technical question, when PT are playing live do you all have the click going to you monotors or do you only hear it??

Man can't wait for the new album to come out and for your two DVD's to arrive as just purchased them on line.

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Old 04-09-2007, 08:16 AM
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Hi stoneymonster,
try this. http://www.drummerworld.com/reports/Frankfurt20071.html
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Old 04-09-2007, 10:53 PM
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Thanks to you all for the positive comments about the Frankfurt videos!


Hi cvighals,

Me and my band have a studio, and we are wondering about buying an Audix d6 for the bass drum. How is the Audix compared to the akg d112 that we have already? (That is of course if you are familiar with the d112)

I've been pleased with the Audix D6 especially in combination with the Shure SM91. I've used the AKG 112 many times but never owned one.


Hi Bleen

Watching the videos from the Messe clinic, I notice you have your Powerbook/MacbookPro on a cushion/pillow. Do you ever have issues with it overheating when resting on a surface like that for a long time?

I haven't had problems with it overheating - although I can't believe how hot it gets sometimes. I've had problems with vibration upsetting the hard drive. I'm not convinced the pillow is the best way to stop that - but it seems to help a bit.

Hi Drizzle

I saw your new drumset and I noticed that in the specs you mention 4 toms and 3 floor toms.
But in the pictures I only see 3 toms and 2 floor toms.
Does this mean you sometimes change your tom set-up?


I wanted to have the most flexible possibilities in my set ups. Sometimes I'll use the 8,10,12 on top - then sometimes I might want 10,12,13 - or any combination of the toms. Same story with the floor toms. Maybe I'd like to use a 13 tom and a 15" floor - sometimes a 14 floor is too small and a 16 floor is too big. I've been in sessions with a 10,12,16 combo and the gap to the 16 was too much. There's so many different musical situations - I just wanted to try to cover what my inspiration might dream up for any song - or gig or tour.

Hi Burchie,

Love you work!!!! Any idea when the dates for the Australian leg of your tour will be announced??

I don't know when we're coming to Australia - sometime soon I hope. Any chance you could move it a bit closer to us?

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Old 04-10-2007, 03:10 AM
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Hi Gavin,
I have a question regarding a cymbal you used in the Frankfurt 2007 videos. Its the one right in front of you, over your first two toms, it looks like a mini china but makes a sound similar to a mark tree ? I was wondering what it was.

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Old 04-10-2007, 06:46 AM
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Thanks for that Gavin, would love to move closer but my wife seems to be happy here!!
Will just have to wait!
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Old 04-10-2007, 06:51 AM
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Thanks Drumsound. Fantastic!
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:10 PM
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Hi Gavin!

I really like your new kit. The SQ2 sonor. How do you like it (in comparison to your Designers)?

I saw the exact color in my local drumshop, and it was mindblowing!

Will you use your rack again? Or just stands?

Thx!

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Old 04-11-2007, 01:36 AM
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Hi Tuxido,
it's another one of my 'cut down' experiments. It's a Zildjian 16" Z crash cut down to 8" and had it's edges bent upwards like a china cymbal.

Cheers
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Old 04-11-2007, 01:40 AM
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Hi Sam,
Yes I love it - it's a bit early to tell - how it compares to the last kit (Designer). It's an amazing finish. I've been using it for the first time in rehearsals today.
I will be mounting it on a rack for the tour. It's just easier for the tech to build the kit everyday.

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I really like your new kit. The SQ2 sonor. How do you like it (in comparison to your Designers)?

I saw the exact color in my local drumshop, and it was mindblowing!

Will you use your rack again? Or just stands?
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Old 04-11-2007, 03:03 PM
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Still the pearl dr503 rack?

Your kit always looks so very clean! The toms are nicely angled, ...

It looks great when you see it on stage (meaning your kit).
What pedals are you currently using?
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Old 04-11-2007, 11:48 PM
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Hi Gavin

Looking forward to seeing Porcupine Tree in Cambridge on the 25th. I'll be in the middle with a red carnation if you look up :D And this time, try not to make it all look so darn easy. I really enjoy listening to your playing, it teeters on the verge of being inspiring on the one hand and so darn good it pisses me off that I can't do it on the other.

Question: never seen you do solos with PT - is this a personal policy or a band policy?
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:45 AM
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Hi Sam,
yes it's still the dr503 rack.
At the moment I'm using Axis Longboards.

Hi Frostilicus

"Question: never seen you do solos with PT - is this a personal policy or a band policy?"

No I never play solos with PT (except the night Steve left the stage to go to the toilet!!!). I don't really like playing solos - I much prefer to play inside some musical context.

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Old 04-12-2007, 07:09 PM
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Hi! Gavin
just a short question! when you guys where young, Jim,you, ect. what kind of kit did you use then? (you know, around london pubs and all that jazz!). Just a lot of curiosity,I'm asking you because my Dad cant remember.

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Old 04-12-2007, 07:38 PM
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Hey Gavin,


I've been transcribing Open Car and would like to know if I'm right aboutthe time signature is.

To me the intro riff is in 17/16 or 17/8, am I right??

The verse section are 8/8 + 9/8 or would you call this 17/8

Do these odd time signatures songs (parts) come from jams or do you 'create' it on purpose???


Since you're so kind to answer questions...........do YOU have any questions??????


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Old 04-12-2007, 07:39 PM
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Hi Danny,
yes back then in 1981 I had a Gretsch maple kit - huge thing it was too. 24, 8, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and then later I bought another 24" bass drum (as you do). I must have been off my head. I'd carry cut down versions of the kit for pub gigs - I couldn't get the whole thing in my car. When I met your dad he had a custom made white marine pearl finish kit (maybe Eddie Ryan?) I remember the concert toms were square sizes 10x10 12x12 13x13 etc.

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Old 04-12-2007, 07:45 PM
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Hi Drizzle,
I think of that section in 17/8. It was a riff that Steve wrote and of course the verse is sung on that riff. I tried to make it sound like 4/4 rather than pick out all the little sub riffs.

Cheers
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I've been transcribing Open Car and would like to know if I'm right aboutthe time signature is.

To me the intro riff is in 17/16 or 17/8, am I right??

The verse section are 8/8 + 9/8 or would you call this 17/8

Do these odd time signatures songs (parts) come from jams or do you 'create' it on purpose???
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Old 04-12-2007, 07:47 PM
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Hi Gav! thanks for telling me! sounds nuts today (sizes) good thing mikes exist! haha.
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Old 04-12-2007, 11:39 PM
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Hi Gavin!

I was wondering. Those small 5" cymbals (above your hihats). What brand are they? Your kit was described in "De Slagwerkkrant" a couple months ago, but they said that they were "custom".

Can you tell me some more about them? And are they "tuned" in some sort of way?

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Old 04-13-2007, 10:11 PM
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Hi Gavin,

"Fear Of A Blank Planet" is already out here in Italy, bought it today, f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c album ! Although I don't think that you'll never "Anesthetize" anybody at that speed & volume !!! :-)

Keep up !

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Old 04-13-2007, 11:28 PM
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I was wondering. Those small 5" cymbals (above your hihats). What brand are they? Your kit was described in "De Slagwerkkrant" a couple months ago, but they said that they were "custom".

Can you tell me some more about them? And are they "tuned" in some sort of way?

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Old 04-14-2007, 10:26 PM
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Hey Gavin - The PT site says you'll be in the SF Bay Area in early May. Will you be doing any clinics? (I hope) I am planning a to be there - buying tickets now. Let me know.

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Old 04-15-2007, 12:54 AM
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Hi Charterman50,
I don't think I'll be doing any clinics during the PT tour. It's too hard to organize - and when I have a day off - I really need a day off to rest.

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Old 04-15-2007, 06:27 PM
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Hi Gavin

I just watched the videos of you that were posted from a recent clinic. As always.. Great playing!!! You are truly gifted and one of my favs. Thanks also to Bernhard for posting those vids because where I live presently, there aren't many chances of drum clinics
so this site is a great educational arena for me :-)..

I have a few questions for ya Gavin. First.. how do you remember these songs? I've always been amazed by drummers like yourself and say Weckl and Buddy Rich who remember these complicated arrangements, some of which extend 10 minutes or longer.. What's your secret?

2nd. How long did it take you to come up with the drum parts for say "video 3" for example (the funky song you did at the clinic).

and lastly :-) can you tell me a little bit about the laptop setup you used at that clinic?
Is your entire music just on the laptop for example,, with music left and click to the right ? I'm really curious. Normally I use a mini disc player with my music panned one way and click the other with a small headphone amplifier when I play with my band but your setup looks so simple on the clinic videos.

Thanks Gavin
Good luck on the new Porcupine Tree tour.. :-) I am hoping to see you and Porcupine Tree in Toronto Canada...:-) It's a 500 mile drive for me but I'm hoping to get the time off to see the show.

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Old 04-15-2007, 11:36 PM
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Hi Glen,
I find it actually easier to remember complicated songs because they tell a kind of story - this bit follows that bit and goes onto that bit etc.- songs that have 4 verses and 7 choruses and are very repetative are harder because I'm probably going to forget which verse or chorus I'm in - plus I really don't like counting bars.

The 3rd video is called "Quite Firm" and I originally recorded it for my first DVD Rhythmic Visions about 6 years ago. I play that one a lot at drum clinics. I can't remember how long it took me to learn and develop it - probably a couple of weeks.

I use Logic Pro on a Mac Powerbook. It's connected via firewire to an M-Audio 410 box so that I can send a stereo mix to the front of house desk. I really wanted stereo rather than mono because there's some percussion stuff that's really stereo and it justs sounds nicer anyway. I plug into the headphone socket on the front of the M-Audio box and it's loud enough to hear the track over my drums. So far it's worked fine and it's a self contained package that doesn't rely on a monitor desk and engineer.

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Old 04-15-2007, 11:55 PM
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Hi Gavin,

I relation to your previous answer, I just heared the new song Anesthetize and I really like it.

Love the drumsound as well, real clean.

Anyway how do you record such a song, do you have a leadsheet, or do you have the whole song written out, or do you know it inside out??

Is the song recorded in one take or is it recorded in multiple takes.

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Old 04-16-2007, 11:38 AM
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Hi Drizzle,
"Anesthetize" was quite easy to record because we played it 20 times on tour first. When I recorded the demo I just needed to work out a way to play the start of the second section - that's about the only really tricky part in it. I tried many different rhythms in the different sections - but I was in my studio at home on my own so I had no pressure to come up with parts quickly. I think sections 1 & 2 were recorded together - and then in part 3 - the drum sound changes so obviously I did that separately.

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Old 04-16-2007, 02:57 PM
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RESPECT!

I really admirer of your recording skills gavin! It all sounds superpro!

Did you take some sort of an education on engineering? (sorry if you got this question a million times)

All the best, Sam!

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Old 04-16-2007, 08:39 PM
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Hi Sam,
I haven't had any real education in audio engineering - but I've worked with a lot of great engineers and I always ask questions and discuss with them their techniques and choice of equipment. Other than that - just a lot of experimenting.

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Do you have any future purshases in mind for your studio? Pre's, comp, eq?
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Hi Gavin and everybody else here!

I've listened to the song "The sound of Muzak" and really liked it, especially the main drumgroove. I went to play along with the song which is actually pretty simple once you've figured out the pattern. Yet, I couldn't really figure out how you came up with such a strange bassdrum pattern and such weird places for the backbeat. After a few times playing through I realized it:
Everything is in 7/16 - the Snare pattern AND the Bassdrum pattern - each pattern fits into one bar of 7/4 four times. That is why the sound and feel of the groove is so even. So my assumption is this: The pattern is really totally planned out and composed rather than based on a jam. I would have never guessed that because it feels so damn good.

I really have to tell you this: Compared to the genius idea of that groove, a groove like Seven Days is like playing in the sandbunker.... Man.... this is just amazing. Nobody who "just listens" will ever understand the complexity of this groove, you really have to take a closer look. That is just WOW.

Now my question is this: Is it really as I have guessed a composed and thought out groove, or did it just "happen" and the fact that all the parts are in 7/16 is just a coincidence?


Sorry if this has been brought up already - I was too lazy to read through all the 920 Posts in this thread....

For anybody interested, I have made a nice little transcription of the groove. I'm sure that some guys have played that groove and never realized how cool it actually is.... If you haven't played it: Here is your chance!
Sorry if the transcription is not 1000% right with the ghost notes, but they are really hard to hear through the mix (even with headphones) and Gavin plays quite some variations.
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Old 04-17-2007, 11:20 AM
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Hi SickRick,
Great job on the transcription.
Yes this was a very composed pattern. The only important part missing from your transcription is the quarter note accents on the hi hat. It gives the whole thing a regular pulse for the audience to hang on to. It's what I call "overriding" and it takes the 7/16 (kick and snare pattern) or 7/8 if you think of it in the musical context with the guitar line - and makes it 7/4. Great fun to play.

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Hi SickRick,
Great job on the transcription.
Yes this was a very composed pattern. The only important part missing from your transcription is the quarter note accents on the hi hat. It gives the whole thing a regular pulse for the audience to hang on to. It's what I call "overriding" and it takes the 7/16 (kick and snare pattern) or 7/8 if you think of it in the musical context with the guitar line - and makes it 7/4. Great fun to play.

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Yeah.... I left that out because it looked funny with all the accents... I thought it would be common sense. ;)

That Song is truly fun to play. Everybody should give it a shot!
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Old 04-17-2007, 04:22 PM
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Gavin:

Like many on this forum I am blown away with your inventiveness and controlled technique as well as the musicality in your playing. The purpose of this message, however, concerns your most recent contribution to Modern Drummer on the issue of independence. Although I live in Florida now, I grew up in the North of England and lived there until 1990. When I was fifteen or sixteen, late one friday night I watched, with my Dad, a Billy Cobham drum clinic being shown for some reason on BBC 2. I was blown away with the complexity of his remarkably simple single stroke pattern around his kit - he was playing with the left hand in a counter clockwise direction playing one stroke on each of three drums - and with the right hand in a clockwise directions playing one stroke on each of four drums.

I have tried to talk about this clinic with many many people since it was on TV. No-one ever knew what the hell I was talking about and multiple people thought I must be insane because when on earth would a Cobham drum clinic have ever been on TV - especially in the days when there were only three (or maybe four) channels. Quite frankly, I had started to believe maybe I imagined ther whole thing!

And then, out of the blue - your Modern Drummer column. Thanks!!!!

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