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Old 05-23-2008, 04:19 PM
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Hi NeuroAxis,

And btw, if you recognize the china it's an 18" Z Custom, which you are one of the only pros I know of that uses one despite the fact that it's the Best China Ever!

Good use of an override in 6/8 - one I've used myself many times....and the china sounds just right to me.

Hi Joe P,

I have 2 questions... Firstly, why do you use the Sonor Bass Resonant Head? I ask this because many pro drummers like to replace the bass reso head. Is it because Sonor has good stock bass heads?

It's a good Remo head.

Also, how do you tune your bass drum? Tension-wise and in comparison to the batter and resonant heads [do you tune one higher than the other?]

I would say they are about the same tension - but there's a heavy pillow in there so it's not easy to hear any difference in tuning.

Hi dairyairman,

saw that you were voted #1 progressive drummer in their 2008 reader's poll

Thanks - it got mentioned here a few months back when some folks in the industry already knew about it (including myself). I'm of course very happy - and suprised that I got it again!!

Hi Prozakc,

So, what advice would you give me, at "tuning time" ... and what are the "secrets" of your sound, meaning techniques for licking ( I saw you using bass drum "tunnels" on a couple of videos), miking techniques in general, Muffling secrets, and editing/post-production tips and everything about your sound and the techniques you use for it, at studio and gigs.

Do you mean techniques for miking? Also I don't remember using bass drum "tunnels" on any videos - which videos are you referring to?. If you make a search on this thread you will find a lot of information how I tune, mic the drums, head choice and mufffle etc.

Is there any chance for us to be seeing you touring South America with KC, or its absolutely out of the question ? ..

At the moment there are no plans for KC to tour South America...and I'm not the person who would decide where we tour either. KC information usually comes from www.dgmlive.com

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Old 05-23-2008, 08:24 PM
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Do you mean techniques for miking? Also I don't remember using bass drum "tunnels" on any videos - which videos are you referring to?.

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Yes, I mean Techniques for Miking ( like, in what direction do you point every mik ?).

There is this one video of "Making of Deadwing "
I thought seeing a "Bass Drum Tunnel" ...
But you`re right, is not a tunnel, its just the "acoustic wall" that you have on your recording room ( what are they made of ?).


Thank You so much for the answers again !!! ...

Love your playing !!.
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Old 05-23-2008, 10:22 PM
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Dear Mr. Harrison,

I just would like to express my great admiration for being such a massive influence. I realize you probably get my sort of words a lot but still I would like to get it out of my chest now that I have the opportunity to do so.

You sure have redefined the rules for a superb musical and percussive approach to the art of drumming. Your creativity, precision and control over the drums on the other hand is simply mind boggling. For me you are at the top of a very short list of living drum gods&legends.

Thank you again for being a massive influence.
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Old 05-24-2008, 01:27 AM
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Hi Prozakc,

Yes, I mean Techniques for Miking ( like, in what direction do you point every mik ?).


If you watch this video you will see how each mic is angled at the drums.

http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/g...sonfutile.html

But you`re right, is not a tunnel, its just the "acoustic wall" that you have on your recording room ( what are they made of ?).

They are sound baffles that are very common in many recording studios.

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Old 05-24-2008, 11:22 AM
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Hello Sir,

like they say....desperate times call for desperate measures
i know porcupine tree is never going to come to India for a show so i have convinced my family into going on a vacation to Scotland and England
hopefully i will be able to catch your gig on the 19th of october :), if things go as planned

what i would like to know is
is the show confirmed ?
what are the chances of cancellations (i wouldnt want to go alllllll the way for a no show)
and how do i go about buying tickets for the show (porcupinetree.com ???)

answers would be greatly appreciated as a lot of the trip planning is based on the above questions

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Old 05-25-2008, 06:05 AM
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Hi drumbumhamza,

hopefully i will be able to catch your gig on the 19th of october :), if things go as planned, what i would like to know is - is the show confirmed ?


Yes it is and a lot of tickets have already been sold.

what are the chances of cancellations (i wouldnt want to go alllllll the way for a no show)
and how do i go about buying tickets for the show (porcupinetree.com ???)


Unless something happens that we can't predict - I would say that the show will go ahead. I don't believe PT.com are selling the tickets. I don't actually know where to get the tickets. Have you searched the venue (O2/Indigo) website? Good luck.

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Old 05-25-2008, 07:36 AM
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Hello again,

think i found it
you have to book through ticketmaster
somehow the VIP kings row tickets arent available
im guessing those arent valid for this show ?
thanks for the info :)

(question to anyone who has been to the Indigo2 venue in London)
standing front row is as close as one gets to the stage right ?
i really cant make out from those charts

anyway way i hope to see you at the gig :)
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Old 05-25-2008, 02:34 PM
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Hi Gavin,
first of all I would like to say that I'm a HUGE fan of both your drumming and PT's music. I discovered you guys about a year ago through the Arriving Somewhere DVD and have been hooked ever since.

Just one question - do you know if there are plans for any more UK dates this Autumn?
If not I guess I'll see you at the London show. Kinda lucky as the age limit for the venue is 16 and I turn 16 just 2 days before. Yay!
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Old 05-26-2008, 12:48 AM
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Hi Drummerrobin,

Just one question - do you know if there are plans for any more UK dates this Autumn?

No, it will just be the one in London on the 19th of October.

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Old 05-26-2008, 06:28 AM
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Really good stuff Gavin,
I have discover you with PT and I have hear here and there of your books Rhythmic Perspectives and Rhythmic Illusions.

Do you think that there is some exercises / concepts that can eventually be interesting for a 2 years old drummer or it's for advanced ones only ?

Thanks !
Hope seeing PT live in Canada one day.
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Old 05-27-2008, 06:06 PM
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Hi Mercier,

I think my books would suit a player who has already been playing for a few years and wants to expand their horizons a bit. They're not really beginners concepts.

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Old 05-28-2008, 04:47 AM
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Thanks for your answer Gavin !
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Old 05-28-2008, 12:58 PM
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hi gavin,

i'm playing for almost 10 years now but I'm not so good in reading notes.
should i try to use your book?=
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Old 05-28-2008, 05:50 PM
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Gavin!!!

According to Wikipedia, todays your birthday, so please accept our congratulations!

May God bless you with a long healthy full of music life!

Be sure that youre an inspiration to many people, not just drummers, and your music touches the life of us all in a positive way.

I have a 6 year-old son learning drums and I constantly play him your music and your videos. (Your constant use of those bell-like cymbals is very appealing to these young kids - talking about the 05Ric project)

Thanks a lot for the great music youre blessed us so far, thanks specially for the books, videos and for the time you put into this forum. We all know you have a very busy schedulle and so we are very grateful for your effort to help us improve our love for the instrument.

Hope you have a nice musical day!!

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Old 05-28-2008, 05:57 PM
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Yeah, happy birthday, Gavin! Thank you so much for all that you do.
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:06 PM
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Happy Birthday, Gavin!

Congratulations on another year full of music and inspiration and a wish of many more to come!

God bless ya, take care!
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:09 PM
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BIG GREETS FROM GERMANY AND ALL MY FRIENDS (fans of you, too)!!!!!!!
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Old 05-28-2008, 07:40 PM
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Hi master Gavin!!

A big big big Happy Birthday!! from Rome, from my heart and my great estimate for you!!

Best wishes teacher!! :)

I really hope see you in italy.. for any occasion :)

Good music and good work!!

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Old 05-28-2008, 10:10 PM
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY
rlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrlrl (drum roll)

sorry im a bit late....lets blame it on the time zone difference :P
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Old 05-29-2008, 01:38 AM
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Happy birthday Gav!!!!!
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Old 05-29-2008, 04:55 PM
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Back in Nashville Gav ? Happy b-day !! How are the Crim rehearsals going ? Enjoying yourself ?
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:42 PM
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I'm late but happy birthday!
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Old 05-29-2008, 06:02 PM
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Happy birthday Gavin!!! I follow you since 1997..Thanks from my heart for all that you have given me in these years.. Daniele, A fan.
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:46 AM
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Hi Gavin
When you are playing live (in particular) and you improvise, modulate or displace are you ALWAYS aware of the basic time signature(s) of the song you are playing or are you able to just FEEL where you are and jump in and out wherever and whenever you like? Is it all mathematics or intuition or a mixture of both?
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Old 05-31-2008, 11:54 PM
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Hi Gavin, a bit late I know but still congrats with your birthday! Hope you had a great day and I wish you all the best.

Hope you enjoyed pinkpop!

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Old 06-01-2008, 09:20 AM
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Hello again,
I just watched a live video of Halo....brilliant new intro there :)
and i was wondering if you count the bridge section as 6/8+3/8+6/8+2/8 (snare bass) and hats playing accented quarters ?

Also
On the 6th of this month il be conducting a polyrhythm workshop for Mapex (at the same event that Greg Bisonnette did, last year) and id really appreciate it if youd give me a few of your favorites poly lessons
then i can boast that those lessons were given to me by my mentor :)
but on a serious note id really love to showcase how you go about practicing polyrhythms (not the EXTREMELY technical ones though hehe)
so if its not too much of a hassle for you il be waiting for them :)

thanks a ton
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:48 PM
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Thanks guys for the many birthday wishes.

Hi Kalma

i'm playing for almost 10 years now but I'm not so good in reading notes.
should i try to use your book?=


There are audio CD's with both books where I demonstrate many of the exercises...but it would help if you can read.

Hi Pywacket

When you are playing live (in particular) and you improvise, modulate or displace are you ALWAYS aware of the basic time signature(s) of the song you are playing or are you able to just FEEL where you are and jump in and out wherever and whenever you like? Is it all mathematics or intuition or a mixture of both?

Yes I always know where I am in the basic time signature. Never lose the 'one'. I don't really think mathematically when I play - but of course all rhythms can be worked out that way if you want.

Hi drumbumhamza,

I just watched a live video of Halo....brilliant new intro there :)
and i was wondering if you count the bridge section as 6/8+3/8+6/8+2/8 (snare bass) and hats playing accented quarters ?


No it's divided into 5 + 5 + 7 (plus there's the quarter notes on the hi hat). There's a long section about it on my DVD Rhythmic Horizons. You'll probably find a transcription of it somewhere in this thread. It might be an interesting thing to show your students.

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Old 06-02-2008, 03:13 AM
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Hi Gavin,

I was wondering how you are finding the sound and feel of the toms and floor toms of your SQ2 kit compared to your designer kit with respect to shell thickness. Also will the SQ2 eventually become your studio kit or will you continue to record with the designer series?

Thank you.
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Old 06-02-2008, 04:14 AM
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Hey Gavin! I've been watching your DVD's over and over again, they're AMAZING. The whole time I was watching them, I kept thinking, "Man, Gavin is a GENIUS!"

This isn't a question about drums... but could you tell me about your innovative bass [guitar] technique? In the Halo (5-5-7) groove, were you mostly hitting the first note then hammering on the second note... or how were you doing it? Also, did you write the bass groove or did Colin or Steven write it?
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Old 06-02-2008, 05:30 AM
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Gavin ' you are one very ' very ' good player ////
I enjoy your playing ////
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:31 AM
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Hi drumbumhamza,

I just watched a live video of Halo....brilliant new intro there :)
and i was wondering if you count the bridge section as 6/8+3/8+6/8+2/8 (snare bass) and hats playing accented quarters ?


No it's divided into 5 + 5 + 7 (plus there's the quarter notes on the hi hat). There's a long section about it on my DVD Rhythmic Horizons. You'll probably find a transcription of it somewhere in this thread. It might be an interesting thing to show your students.

cheers
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thanks a bunch
will definitely do that
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Old 06-02-2008, 08:47 PM
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Hi Gavin!I have a question for you: I love the birch sound,for the cut and immediate attack. I love the Sonor S-Classic sound for example. The more famous recording drum is the Yamaha recording custom. I know besides your preferite snare is a Yamaha recording custom.. But almost all drummer use a maple.. Why you use a maple drum? I am undecided...
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Old 06-02-2008, 11:45 PM
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Gary, hi again.

Ill be shopping for my first pack of cymbals soon, and id like to focus on purchasing small sound (splashes) instead of big ones (crashes) this time (i play in an apartment).

If you havent already answered this question before, Id like to know what cymbals did you use for that "bell like" sound that appears from time to time on the Drop project with 05Ric? They sound almost like a guitar harmonic (im a guitar player). You can hear one of them as the very first note on the intro to "Life", at exactly 0:11.

Im a total noob to drums and cymbals, and thats the reason of this stupid lame question.

Are these sounds produced from those 5 small cut-down cymbals you have near to your hi-hat?

If so, and sorry again for the stupid noob question, what type of cymbals i have to purchase to get that sound?? A 6" splash would be close?? As far as I tested, splashes dont sound like that!! They produced a "waaash" instead of the sweet "plim" I hear throughout Drop.

I just loved that sound! It colors an accent pretty perfectly, its short, and sounds beautiful, and they would fit perfectly in a more intimate set.

Thanks for any explanation, and sorry again for the totally basic/noob question.
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:43 AM
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Gary, hi again.

Ill be shopping for my first pack of cymbals soon, and id like to focus on purchasing small sound (splashes) instead of big ones (crashes) this time (i play in an apartment).

If you havent already answered this question before, Id like to know what cymbals did you use for that "bell like" sound that appears from time to time on the Drop project with 05Ric? They sound almost like a guitar harmonic (im a guitar player). You can hear one of them as the very first note on the intro to "Life", at exactly 0:11.

Im a total noob to drums and cymbals, and thats the reason of this stupid lame question.

Are these sounds produced from those 5 small cut-down cymbals you have near to your hi-hat?

If so, and sorry again for the stupid noob question, what type of cymbals i have to purchase to get that sound?? A 6" splash would be close?? As far as I tested, splashes dont sound like that!! They produced a "waaash" instead of the sweet "plim" I hear throughout Drop.

I just loved that sound! It colors an accent pretty perfectly, its short, and sounds beautiful, and they would fit perfectly in a more intimate set.

Thanks for any explanation, and sorry again for the totally basic/noob question.
hey man! i've actually made 3 of my own so far, so perhaps i can be of some help :)

With these "Gavin" chimes, the reason you get the nice "pingy" sound is because all that remains of the cymbal after it's cut down is the actual bell. The more flat area you include when you cut it, the more of a conventional splash sound you'll perceive. If you begin encroaching more into the bell's surface area, you'll probably hear a truer tone with a real note value (depending on the cymbal). I believe also, that Gavin cut one even FURTHER than the others, and it has it's own drastically different sound! More of a trashy high-end clang than the others.

A traditional splash cymbal will always sound as it does, because of the bell size. I doubt even cutting one down would yield the same results as trimming a decent-size crash (between 15 and 18 inches)
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Old 06-03-2008, 01:07 PM
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Hi rev222,

I was wondering how you are finding the sound and feel of the toms and floor toms of your SQ2 kit compared to your designer kit with respect to shell thickness. Also will the SQ2 eventually become your studio kit or will you continue to record with the designer series?

I really like the SQ2 kit. The difference in shell thickness is only the floor toms and the bass drum (my Designer has the same thickness rack toms). It's pretty subtle - but PT's live sound engineer slightly prefers the SQ2 through a PA. I have already used the SQ2 for recording my record with 05Ric. At the moment my Designer is my 'studio' kit as the SQ2 is always out on the road somewhere.

Hi Joe P,

This isn't a question about drums... but could you tell me about your innovative bass [guitar] technique? In the Halo (5-5-7) groove, were you mostly hitting the first note then hammering on the second note... or how were you doing it? Also, did you write the bass groove or did Colin or Steven write it?


Yes - it's a 'hammer on' and I've been playing the bass with a stick for about 25 years - mainly because it saves my fingers getting chewed up. Yes I wrote that bass line - but I believe Steve changed one note of it.

Hi daniele,

Why you use a maple drum?

I like Maple and Birch. I had a Yamaha RC for many years and wanted to switch to a maple set for a change.

Hi mabhz,

If you havent already answered this question before, Id like to know what cymbals did you use for that "bell like" sound that appears from time to time on the Drop project with 05Ric?

This question has come up many times - have a look at this:
http://www.drummerworld.com/forums/s...&postcount=507

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Old 06-03-2008, 05:15 PM
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Hi Gavin,

I had the grand opportunity to see RUSH in Moline, IL a few weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised to hear PT's Anesthetize as the intermission music.

The End.

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Old 06-03-2008, 05:25 PM
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Hi Gavin,

I was just curious about any live material coming out soon. I saw PT last October in Atlanta and I remember Steven mentioning that many of the songs that night would be included on a live CD and I saw on later interviews that it may be on a DVD...Are there any plans to release any material from that tour on CD or DVD, or is the plan to possibly film material from later on this year, as I read in a previous post? Thanks for being such an inspiring drummer!
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Old 06-03-2008, 05:27 PM
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This question has come up many times - have a look at this:
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Thanks for answering this question for the 134558th time, Gavin.
But my main question was "do you know if i can i find those sounds on any cymbals comercially avaliable today"?

I think I can assume your answer to that question is NO, right??

In that case, do you think a 6" splash would be the closer one could get in terms of sound without going into a "cymbal mutilation process"??

thanks again, sir.
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:19 AM
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Hi Brodel,

I was just curious about any live material coming out soon. I saw PT last October in Atlanta and I remember Steven mentioning that many of the songs that night would be included on a live CD


We recorded several shows from that tour - and probably there will be a "Live CD" but I can't say when exactly. We will also film a couple of shows this autumn for a DVD release next year.

Hi mabhz,

Thanks for answering this question for the 134558th time, Gavin.
But my main question was "do you know if i can i find those sounds on any cymbals comercially avaliable today"?


Not as far as I know.

In that case, do you think a 6" splash would be the closer one could get in terms of sound without going into a "cymbal mutilation process"??


No it won't have that bell sound - they need to be cut from larger cymbals - with medium cup size.

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Hello,
i managed to find the Halo tabs
haha and you were so right about that groove
its not as easy as it sounds
managed to get it though but the snare strokes in the third (main groove) cycle are not as crisp (il blame that on the accented quarters hehe)

i was wondering did u ever think of accenting every 3rd note or 5th note on the hats
and do you experiment with things like that before you finalize such a groove
playing accented 3rd or 5th notes will actually make the basic cycle longer (17 or 34 are not multiples of 3 or 5) - so if you were to still play something like that would you cut off the accents abruptly when say 3-4 bars of the main groove were complete ?

aslo did you consider opening the hihats instead of accenting alternate notes
and how would this change the sound/feel of the groove according to you

finally this groove utilizes the same concept as that of Sound of Muzak right ?

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