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Old 05-01-2007, 11:44 PM
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Hi Drizzle,
if it was me - I'd get the 10x8 12x9 and the 14x12.
Will there be nothing lower than the 14" ??
I guess you could always add a 16x14 later on. Or split the difference and just get a 15x13.

Nice finish.

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Old 05-02-2007, 12:08 AM
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Hi Drizzle,
if it was me - I'd get the 10x8 12x9 and the 14x12.
Will there be nothing lower than the 14" ??
I guess you could always add a 16x14 later on. Or split the difference and just get a 15x13.

Nice finish.

Cheers
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I was actually thinking of adding a 16" Floor tom later or as a 'hanging' 16" tom.
Maybe I will do it right away, because the store told me the turn around could be 6 to 8 months, so.....


Thanks a lot!!!

PS I read in a the Dutch drum magazine 'Slagwerkkrant' that Alex Lifeson of Rush is playing on FOABP. How was that like??? And could it be PT and Rush do a tour together in the near future???
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Old 05-02-2007, 06:22 AM
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Gavin:

I love FoaBP - can't stop listening to it. I'll be seeing you guys in Chicago this year, just like October 2005. I can't wait.

I have a couple of quick questions about the new release.

First, there's a cool section in the "The Pills in Me" section of "Anesthetize" that is repeated probably three times throughout the song, and it appears to be in 11/4 time. Is that the way you're counting it, or is it more like 4/2/5?

Second, is it safe to assume that really IS an homage/reference to Trains near the end of Sentimental? Beautiful song. The whole album is beautiful.

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Old 05-02-2007, 01:37 PM
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Hi tmccartney,
that section is 11/4 but I don't count it - in fact I'd never worked it out until today - I just sing the riff to myself and pick out the accents. Same with the metal riff section at the front of the 2nd leg of Anesthetize.

Is it safe to assume that really IS an homage/reference to Trains near the end of Sentimental?

Yes it's got a similar vibe to it. As regards to it being a 'homage' - you'd have to ask Steve Wilson.


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Old 05-02-2007, 08:37 PM
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Thanks again for the MUSIC, Gavin. Thanks YET again.
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Old 05-03-2007, 06:30 PM
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Hi Gavin,

I'm in the market for a new double pedal and have been checking out the Axis items. I see that you use Longboards and was wondering if they have given you any problems? The pedals look very well engineered but I've read conflicting reports about the long-term reliability and availability of spares. As a drummer who has no doubt tested them to near-death, would you recommend them?

Many thanks in advance.

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Old 05-04-2007, 12:20 AM
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Hi mixamuss,
yes the Axis are very good. I could play just as fast and articulate with the Sonor Giantsteps - but not as loud. Maybe it was the way I had the Sonor's setup - but my feet are totally used to the Axis now. The only (Axis) problem I had was a spring snapping - so maybe you should always carry a spare. Apart from that - I've done 100's of gigs with them and had no trouble.

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Old 05-04-2007, 06:55 AM
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Hey Gavin,
Congrats on another exceptional album. The more i listen to it, the more textures seem to surface, especially listening to it with headphones and at low volume. I am curious about one thing though. Why the naked drum file at the end of "sleep together"? It brought a smile to my face the first time i heard it. Take care and God bless.

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Old 05-04-2007, 02:46 PM
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I thought I recently read somewhere on the forum, that you where interested in reading the interview you gave to Dutch drummagazine "Slagwerkkrant".

So I translated the interview for you and anybody else who is interested in it.

It's in PDF format.

While looking at your set-up I noticed a kind of hi-hat/cymbal to the right of your snare.
Is it a hihat or a normal cymbal, and when do you use it?

Greetz,

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Old 05-04-2007, 02:57 PM
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Hi Drizzle,

I'm having problems opening the .pdf attachments. Don't know if anyone else has tried but just to let you know. Very good of you to do the translation and I'm sure there'll be plenty of people wanting to read it.

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Old 05-04-2007, 03:13 PM
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Hi Mixamuss

I have tried them myself and I have no problems opening them.
Maybe you have to download the latest acrobat reader. 7 or later.

I had to make the pdf-files smaller in order to upload them to the forum.
So Adobe made them smaller but in doing so it made them in a way that you wil need Reader 7.0 or higher.

http://www.adobe.com/products/acroba...lversions.html

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Old 05-04-2007, 03:49 PM
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Thank you Drizzle, great Interview.
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Old 05-05-2007, 01:21 AM
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Hi Drizzle,
thanks for the translation.

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Old 05-05-2007, 11:20 AM
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No thanks

You've probably missed my question in the same post.

While looking at your set-up I noticed a kind of hi-hat/cymbal to the right of your snare.
Is it a hihat or a normal cymbal, and when do you use it?


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Old 05-05-2007, 12:19 PM
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Hi Drizzle,
yes you right - I missed the question.
That is actually an old photo - from something like our 2003 tour - when I used that closed hi hat on my right side. I needed it to play "The Creator Had A Mastertape". It's a set up that I've used in some situations going right back to my Iggy Pop days of 1986. It meant that I could play a groove 'open handed' and play fast tempos whilst still hitting the snare drum hard.

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Old 05-06-2007, 04:08 PM
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Hi Gavin,
Though a recent convert to PT, I'm basically deep-sea diving in the music over the past one year. I recently saw parts of the PT Rockplast gig, and to say the least, I was blown by the band (and especially your playing).
With reference to live playing, I always wanted to get a close shot of you playing The Sound of Muzak. My question: HOW do you integrate so crisp ghosts into that groove? It just sounds out-of-this-world.
Just brilliant ideas.......
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Old 05-06-2007, 08:38 PM
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Hi cantstandyourfunk,
thanks for the comments. I'm guessing you haven't seen my DVD Rhythmic Horizons ? There's a whole section on there demonstrating that groove with the ghost notes.

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Old 05-06-2007, 11:25 PM
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hi Gavin!!!

excellent grooving!!!

iŽve noted youŽre more alike of playing creative than playing fast.
i think of the same.

but the question here is.....Are you going to come to Mexico soon??? alone in a clinic or with porcupine tree???
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:25 AM
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Hi Gavin,

Thanks for the tip re: the Axis springs.

Best of luck to you and the guys for the rest of the tour....looks like a very busy couple of months for you all! I've no doubt you'll blow every audience away

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Old 05-07-2007, 12:37 AM
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Hi Mixamuss

I have tried them myself and I have no problems opening them.
Maybe you have to download the latest acrobat reader. 7 or later.

I had to make the pdf-files smaller in order to upload them to the forum.
So Adobe made them smaller but in doing so it made them in a way that you wil need Reader 7.0 or higher.

http://www.adobe.com/products/acroba...lversions.html

Good luck, Dre
Hi Dre,

Managed to open the files. Thanks. Great job you've done.

Mix
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Old 05-07-2007, 07:59 PM
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Hi,

I have just one question.Every room or concert hall has different acoustic characteristics right? So my question is:How do you know that you are not too loud?
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Old 05-08-2007, 03:04 PM
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Hi Bola,
I'm not sure I understand your question completely. When I'm playing with Porcupine Tree - I'm not in control of the volume in the room - our sound engineer Ian Bond is. He decides how loud the PA should be. Sometimes - in a smallish venue - the problem can be that the guitar amps are so loud on stage that he needs to have the PA very loud to get other sounds louder in the room than the guitar amps. Virtually every guitarist I've met tells me that the amp HAS TO BE ON FULL otherwise it doesn't sound right. I've also witnessed problems with drummers who insist on hitting their snare drum SO HARD that the volume of it coming directly off the stage is louder than it would be in a mix - so the sound engineer takes the snare drum out of the PA and that creates a horrible delay with the rest of the drums that are in the PA.

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Old 05-08-2007, 04:07 PM
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Hi gavin ! The new album sounds fantastic ! Love it a lot. Sounded much better I think then the tryouts from the last leg of the deadwing tour.
Also love your drumming style. I noticed you use more double bass then ever. Sounds lovely and almost Mike Portnoy like (dream theater). How come, you use so much double bass on this particular album? Was it more on request by SW to fit the style or did it come natural?

And I have another question, more regarding the recording of your drums in your studio. I read the interview in SOS and it states you use a G3 mac with 2408 (motu). Do you still use that setup or have you moved to something else?
And at what sample rate and bitdepth do you record? 48/24? or something else perhaps?

Btw, I noticed Pat Metheny is an influence (I know you liked scofield, didnt know about pat). What do you think of the drumming on their latest group release? (The way up)

Hope to see and hear you again in June @ Amsterdam Melkweg!
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Old 05-08-2007, 04:10 PM
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Hi Bola,
I'm not sure I understand your question completely. When I'm playing with Porcupine Tree - I'm not in control of the volume in the room - our sound engineer Ian Bond is. He decides how loud the PA should be. Sometimes - in a smallish venue - the problem can be that the guitar amps are so loud on stage that he needs to have the PA very loud to get other sounds louder in the room than the guitar amps. Virtually every guitarist I've met tells me that the amp HAS TO BE ON FULL otherwise it doesn't sound right. I've also witnessed problems with drummers who insist on hitting their snare drum SO HARD that the volume of it coming directly off the stage is louder than it would be in a mix - so the sound engineer takes the snare drum out of the PA and that creates a horrible delay with the rest of the drums that are in the PA.

Cheers
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I think that was the case @ paradiso last year. I personally didnt enjoy the sound there (was my first time there) and the PA almost sounded distorted... But now I see why PA sets can be set very loud in smaller spaces.
Hope the sound will be better @ the melkweg. Looking forward to that gig !
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:18 PM
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Hi SantiBanks,
I've been trying to use double bass drum stuff since 1982 and I suppose this album has more than the previous albums. I felt like some of the songs benefited from some small bursts of double bass drumming. It wasn't on request from anyone - it's just the way I felt it.

The SOS interview was done in 1998/1999 so as you might imagine I have more modern equipment than that now. I usually record at 24bit/44.1khz.

I haven't heard the latest Pat Metheny record.

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How come, you use so much double bass on this particular album? Was it more on request by SW to fit the style or did it come natural?

And I have another question, more regarding the recording of your drums in your studio. I read the interview in SOS and it states you use a G3 mac with 2408 (motu). Do you still use that setup or have you moved to something else?
And at what sample rate and bitdepth do you record? 48/24? or something else perhaps?

Btw, I noticed Pat Metheny is an influence (I know you liked scofield, didnt know about pat). What do you think of the drumming on their latest group release? (The way up)
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Old 05-08-2007, 07:24 PM
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well thank you very much for the info and prompt reply !

You really should hear the new PMG album, the way up is fantastic ! A real epic piece with just 4 tracks (track 2 is half an hour long...) but awesome themes and music ! Some nice drumwork on it too which Im sure you will like...
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Old 05-10-2007, 10:57 AM
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Hi Gavin,
great job on the new PT album. i was pretty scared about the sound first time, but now iŽm getting into it and really like the difference between deadwing and FOTBP. also thanks for not being only the "backlight" as you played on "in absentia", and adding more bass stuff as you do on live records. (arriving DVD is amazing).
hope youŽll understand me, sorry about my english.

Let it groove!
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Hello,
I am very interested in that little cymbal collection you have over your hi hat. So far, I know that you had the mount made for you by a friend and that the bell like cymbals were home made from so cymbals. I'm really sorry if this is a repeat (my eyes started glazing over after about 10 pages of this thread), but what tool(s) did you use to cut down the cymbals? How did you approach doing this? It seems simple enough in that you would just start cutting, but I've never done anything like that before, and I'm not sure if you would spiral your way in to the bell, just cut nearly straight in until you near the bell and then begin cutting the middle out, or if there would be another way of doing it.

Thanks for your time!
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Old 05-11-2007, 11:38 PM
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Hi ZDrums24,

have a look at page 15

http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...?t=698&page=15

there's some stuff about the cymbals there.

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Old 05-12-2007, 11:17 PM
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Gavin,

Finally picked up the new album a couple days ago - it's really good. Great drumming and music. And from previous experience I can only expect it to grow on me. A couple questions:
It seems like you've pretty much got free reign on the music, but just to clarify - was it completely your idea to do the tom pattern on the first part of Anesthetize? (One of my favorite songs, by the way. I love the chorus in the second part)
And do you know Steven Wilson's method for soloing (in general, not just FOABP)? Does he do a lot of improv, or does he think it out beforehand, or some mixture? I ask because some of the solos sound very orchestrated towards the music, like a melodic solo a composer would write into an orchestral piece.
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Old 05-13-2007, 02:59 PM
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Hey Gavin,

Hope all is well with the band and the tour. You've been asked so many questions about your double bass technique, your style, how to play certain rhythm's, but not sure about this question:
Considering the technical nature of the music and the length of the songs, especially on this new CD the 3rd track. Do you find yourself working out more to build up your stamina and endurance since your playing a lot of songs that require much movement? What do you do before a show?

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Old 05-13-2007, 09:07 PM
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Hi hauk,

It seems like you've pretty much got free reign on the music, but just to clarify - was it completely your idea to do the tom pattern on the first part of Anesthetize?
And do you know Steven Wilson's method for soloing (in general, not just FOABP)? Does he do a lot of improv, or does he think it out beforehand, or some mixture?


Steve had already programmed some simple tom pattern on the demo of that piece...I just elaborated on it. As far as his soloing methods - you'd be off asking him that.

Hi crookedrook,
yes Anesthetize is quite a work out. The second part is quite demanding and it's harder because a lot of the first part features 16ths on the toms (which can really make your arms ache). By the time the third song starts I'm pretty exhausted - but I get a short break to recover before the drums come in on the third part.
Before the show I just play singles and doubles on a practise pad for about 15 minutes.

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Old 05-14-2007, 05:34 AM
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Thanks for the quick answer. I guess the easiest way to get in touch with Steven would be Myspace?

Also, how much do you think the quality of metal affects the sound of cut down chimes? As much as in regular cymbals? Because I have a lot of no name and sub par cymbals laying around recently, and I thought I might see if anything good could come out of them.
I know you used a Z crash to make that cut down china you use now. I have a ZBT 8" splash, but I'm worried the sound won't change very much if I cut it down only a few inches. What do you think?

PS
On the Musikmesse videos, do you have something stacked under the cymbal on your far right (can be seen between you and the hi hats in the second and third videos)? It sounds very trashy, but doesn't appear to be a china. Actually, on second look, it may in fact be a china, which would make sense from how you were set up in the Futile video.
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Hey Gavin!

I saw you perform with porcupine tree last friday at the Warfield in San Francisco. i also saw you guys at the fillmore last october...

the only word i can find to describe the concerts is: Flawless
absolutely beautiful music.

ive been playing drums for over 7 years, and i admire your work so much. You have quickly become an idolistic figure for me.

I've been trying to play along with some of PT's songs, but im having some troubles with some of the fills...ha, like in "Anesthetize" about 7-8 minutes into the song, the fills just open up. love them, but one of the fills i just dont udnerstand

sorry for my rambling. just wanna say that, your great and im looking forward to hearing more from PT!!! keep rockin!

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Old 05-15-2007, 04:56 PM
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Hi Gavin,

I have a recording question for recording drums. We are auditioning a drummer but our bassist works in another country at the moment so he can't take part in the audition so I decided to make some recordings which he can listen to over the net to judge if he thinks the guy plays tight enough or not.

I have a macbook with an M-audio FW1814 and external FW harddrive and also 2 matched pairs of condenser mics (Superlux ECO h6. Not top of the bill though I liked the sound on an acoustic guitar track and its just for simple recording purposes).

The room itself doesnt have much echo though I have the idea it amplifies the sound naturally. I want to use them as a simple overhead pair but Im afraid that the other sounds will spill into the mic.


I usually rehearse with headphones and I run different feeds from the amps and PA set to my mixer to create a mix for my own (I never hear myself which is a shame) and I notice that the drumsound can bleed into the singing microphone sometimes though that one is on the other side of the room. So if that sound can bleed into a dynamic one, Im pretty sure the other sounds will bleed into the condensers which are more sensitive...

Is there a workaround for this or is it just my thinking ?
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Old 05-15-2007, 10:52 PM
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I'm pumped to see you guys this Friday night in CLE, will you be playing a 19/8 drum solo?
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Old 05-16-2007, 01:16 AM
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Hi Hauk,
I don't know because I've never tried cutting down 'sub par' cymbals as you call them.
Experimentation is the key!!

On the Musikmesse videos the cymbal that you're referring to is a Zildjian 12 China Trash Oriental

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Also, how much do you think the quality of metal affects the sound of cut down chimes? As much as in regular cymbals? Because I have a lot of no name and sub par cymbals laying around recently, and I thought I might see if anything good could come out of them.

PS
On the Musikmesse videos, do you have something stacked under the cymbal on your far right
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I'm pumped to see you guys this Friday night in CLE, will you be playing a 19/8 drum solo?
yes - in every song....but don't tell the other guys in the band!!!

hope you enjoy the show.

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Gavin,I have been seeing a lot of advertisement of the Yamaha Daxdad.
I hear you had a hand in it's conception and design.
Can you elaborate on this?
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