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Old 12-16-2007, 10:08 PM
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Hi Gavin!!! I'm writing from Bologna(the most beautiful city in Italy,you should see it soon)
...I've a big questio for you...where exatly you learned to play drum?? by a private teacher or during you colleg??
I think your drumming is something unique...how you can be everytime creative-quite-louder...and change the groove in only a moment???
I hope you answer soon at my post(sorry for English)
all the best....
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Old 12-16-2007, 11:39 PM
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Hi ProgFron,

I don't know if this has been asked before, but what exactly is the sticking for the ending of Cheating the Polygraph?
It's groupings of five, but I can't really figure out how to play it.


Someone else just asked me about this section so here it is..

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It's going by really fast.

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Thanks for explaining!
I'm exited to hear you're going to work with 05ric again.
Are you going to stick to the same style or try some different things?

Cheers,

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Old 12-17-2007, 01:09 AM
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Thanks for explaining that 5/8 fill Gavin.

Speaking of cheating at the polygraph .. can you please tell me if this is right for the fill at 5.49?

I'm sorry, i dont have a scanner to upload a pic to explain it better, but here goes..

It's in 7/8 (split into 16ths). You are playing on an instrument for every 16th beat I think.

2 bass drum,1swisstriplet thing(3),1 Hi hat beat, 2 bass drum, then 2 swisstriplets (6)....which totals to 14. Then the next section goes into 5/8.

So you might say that you split the 14 beats into 2,3,1,2,3,3

Is this correct?

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Old 12-17-2007, 07:44 PM
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Hey Gavin!

Thanks for the cheating the polygraph thing my drum teacher will love it!

As for the rest of it, I think I have it but I'm not sure, are you playing septuplets in the verse? because it doesn't sound like 7/8!

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Old 12-18-2007, 12:47 PM
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Hi ilikedrums

i got some question to ask about your Recording Room. It seems to be complete out of wood, with a very high top. Do you have some digital pictures of the whole Room with your fully miked up Drumset? It would be very interesting to see, how you set the mikes, where to position the Drumset and what the whole room looks like.

You seem to be referring to my live room. It does have a lot of wood in it - and I don't know exactly what kind of wood it is. I don't play the drums in the live room - I play in the (quite dead) control room - leave the huge doors open and record the ambiance in the live room with a pair of mics. That way I have both a dry sound and an ambient sound so I can mix it the way I want for a particular song. I don't have any new pictures of the kit with all the mics on - but there are some out there if you search around.

Hi Drizzle,

Was it the crash over your 12" tom, I saw you check that one out on the Amsterdam gig on December 5th.

No, that was another one that I broke.

Do you already now the songs you have to learn for KC?
What's your routine for learning 'odd' material, do you just listen to it and then play along or do you write it out or just a guide sheet.


I don't know which songs I have to learn yet. Normally I write some kind of chart out - and just play along.

Hi Nonconnor

I wanted to ask you how you felt about the room? I was sitting in the mid section from your left and the lower frequencies (espescially your kick drum) were resonating pretty badly from the concrete. How did it sound to you?

Helsinki was a pretty large room for us. I couldn't hear what you were hearing - I was having some trouble with the drum riser - because it was wobbling a lot - and I was already feeling dizzy before the show started so it was a bit like trying to play the drums on ice.
The sound in those large rooms are very rarely good.

Hi NENZIO,

I've a big questio for you...where exatly you learned to play drum?? by a private teacher or during you colleg??


My Dad played a bit of drums and got me interested in them. I studied privately with Joe Hodson when I was about 11 to 15 years old. I then studied with ex-Berklee graduate Dave Cutler when I was 18. After that I just followed my nose.

Hi Pandrex,

Speaking of cheating at the polygraph .. can you please tell me if this is right for the fill at 5.49? 2 bass drum,1swisstriplet thing(3),1 Hi hat beat, 2 bass drum, then 2 swisstriplets (6)....which totals to 14. Then the next section goes into 5/8.Is this correct?

I think that's correct.

Hi Huwbean,

I think I have it but I'm not sure, are you playing septuplets in the verse? because it doesn't sound like 7/8!

No, it's 7/8 like this...
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that's it written two different ways.

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Old 12-19-2007, 11:20 PM
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Hello Gavin,

I'm interested in your mic setup as I'm currently in the process of putting together a home studio. I was wondering if you could tell me a bit more about the mics and how you mount them.

I've read that you use the EV N/D408 for you toms live. I was interested to know, since EV doesn't appear to make that model anymore, if you've had the chance to use the N/D468, and if so, how they compare to the 408. These look like a very good design in respect to getting a good position while keeping out of the way, and they seem to sound pretty good in your videos.

Also, I read here that you prefer to mount the mics to your rack when possible. Do you do this in the studio as well as live? I was interested to know what type of mounts you use to accomplish this (particularly with the N/D408s).

And (last question!) specs-wise, the Schoeps CMC5 seems like a particularly good choice for a set of distant ambiance mics. I was wondering which capsules you use in them.

I apologize if you've been over this already (I scanned the thread last night but didn't see an answer to these). Thanks again for the great music! I'm really digging the Nil Recurring EP.

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Old 12-20-2007, 02:57 PM
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Hi Raygun,

Yes, for many years I used the N/D408 and I understand that they have now been replaced with the N/D468 - (which I now use on my live setup). Recently I switched to using Sennheiser MD421 for the toms (in my studio) as I thought there was an improvement especially in the sound of the lower toms....but they are very big mics and a bit cumbersome, so wouldn't want to used them live.

All my mics are attached to my drum rack except the overheads. Pearl make a bracket called PCX200 which makes it very easy to use just the top part of a mic stand to mount from the rack. I just checked my Schoeps CMC5's and there's no number on the capsules.

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Old 12-21-2007, 07:38 AM
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Hey Gavin,

I was curious if your bell holder is a custom job or if it is actually a product produced for the mass market. Either way I was wondering if you could recommend any holders for a bell set up or where to find one? I found some online stores that listed such products as Sabian bell holder 3, Sabian bell holder 5 and Sabian Triple arm holder. But the online stores contained no image or description about it.

I did find this image and info on Sabian's site though, the image below is what Sabian describes as "This holder clamps to cymbal stands for easy placement of "CD" Cymbal Discs, Bell Discs or splashes." But thats all I could find.



I thought something like this would be more common to find but I guess not. Anyways your info is always appreciate as usual!

Thanks in advance,

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Old 12-21-2007, 12:13 PM
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Hi Gavin,

first of all, congratulations on your awesome drumming! I find it to be very inspiring, although I don't even play drums myself. Well, at least not "physically" i.e. I do program some stuff.

I have a question for you and maybe it's a little bit hard to explain, but here i go: I've noticed that in the great majority of your drum tracks there is some kind of "melody" going on. And what I mean is, that the drums can be regarded more as having it's own voice, it's own "melody line" than just mere accompaniment. The best example for me would be the tune '19 Days', where after listening a couple of times the drum line began popping into my face, if you know what i mean. I began to see, why what you play makes sense. Because if you listen to the other instruments you can see how the drum voice fits in. So my question is, do you do that with premediation? Or is it something that comes out of nowhere? (i find this hard to believe)

So, this discovery i made some time ago has been very important to me as a musician, because from the example of the drums i realized it applies to the rest of the instruments as well. I think there are at least a good amount of songs ond bands out there whose music admits this kind of observation. It kind of gave me a theory that unifies improvisation and strict composition and rules out that chance or some other mystic force governs music. Then my second question would be, have you had a similar realisation of your own? If yes, what was it?

I hope what I said wasn't to confusing :P. I feel kinda like this guy:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=JzqumbhfxRo only that i am not so talented :P

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Old 12-21-2007, 05:46 PM
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Hi Gavin

Very excited to see you will be working with King Crimson, one of my all time favourite bands. And you.... YOU!! I can't get enough of watching you play the drums. Jaw dropping stuff!! I love your sound.
Anyway... don't want to big you up too much...! I was wondering, are you just doing live dates with KC or will there be a studio recording?

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Old 12-21-2007, 09:17 PM
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Hi gibeachhead,

I was curious if your bell holder is a custom job or if it is actually a product produced for the mass market. Either way I was wondering if you could recommend any holders for a bell set up or where to find one?

Yes my bell holder is a custom job from a friend of mine in Chicago. He makes custom pieces for drummers. I've seen a couple of the Sabian ones and they're probably the closest thing to what I have.

Hi asmodeus,

I've noticed that in the great majority of your drum tracks there is some kind of "melody" going on. And what I mean is, that the drums can be regarded more as having it's own voice, it's own "melody line" than just mere accompaniment. So my question is, do you do that with premediation? Or is it something that comes out of nowhere? (i find this hard to believe).

I try as much as I can to play 'musically' and sometimes that means playing a melody - or a melodic shape (because the drums aren't really tuned to standard recognizable pitches). Sometimes I try to think like I'm playing a saxophone or trumpet (so I can try to phrase in a different way) and other times where I think of the toms as if they were notes on a marimba.

Then my second question would be, have you had a similar realisation of your own? If yes, what was it?


The day I heard the record "Big Blues" by Art Farmer and Jim Hall (1978). Steve Gadd managed to make the drums have a new emotional meaning to me - he seemed to conjure up melancholy and beauty in a very musical way that I'd never heard before. Most of the time it's just the way he plays the ride cymbal - and touches the snare and bass drum to create meaningful expressive rhythms - which sounded like melodies to me and felt totally improvised in the moment. A lot of it is very simple playing (no chops going on at all) and that's what impressed me so much - that Steve could create a really powerful, moving performance by playing very little. A real lesson in taste.
I guess before that - I always thought to be impressive you needed to show some chops.

Hi Big T,

I was wondering, are you just doing live dates with KC or will there be a studio recording?

As far as I know at the moment - just live dates.

cheers
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Old 12-22-2007, 12:14 AM
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Hello Gavin,

What snare drum did you use on "Shallow?"
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Old 12-22-2007, 01:57 AM
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Hi Robby Settles,

that was a Noble & Cooley 14x5 Alloy Classic with a coated Pinstripe on the top.

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Old 12-22-2007, 05:27 PM
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Hi gavin.
I hope that you're ok.
I've not questions this time, i wanna only say "Merry Christmas and happy new year" to you, your family and your dears.

You give us a lot of tips and spend for us a lot of time, and this is the minimum that i can do for you.
I wonder that 2008 will be a great year for you, a happy year of musical and personal satisfactions.

See ya!

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Old 12-24-2007, 03:48 AM
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Hey Gavin,

I really don't know if this was posted before... but have u ever used "cowbells" on your drums. I mean, have you ever tried, or planning to add some "latin" or "arabic" touch to your style. (Or have you ever discussed this with SW, to try that out with PT)

PD: Recently i saw a "latin" style drummer, playing a cowbell with a pedal (never seen that before...), and it was awesome how he incorporated the "cowbell kick" in his fills...
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Old 12-24-2007, 02:21 PM
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Hi Russkie,


I really don't know if this was posted before... but have u ever used "cowbells" on your drums. I mean, have you ever tried, or planning to add some "latin" or "arabic" touch to your style. (Or have you ever discussed this with SW, to try that out with PT)


I don't use cowbells or jam blocks in my setup. I don't really "hear" those sounds inside my playing with PT. There's already so many great drummers out there doing it well.

BEST SEASONAL HOLIDAY WISHES TO EVERYONE WHO READS AND CONTRIBUTES TO THIS THREAD!!!!!

Have a great 2008

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Old 12-24-2007, 09:16 PM
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Hi Gavin!! >.<

Merry chrystmas!!

And good festivities!!

Good holiday!!
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:42 AM
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Hi Gavin
I wish you a care good Christmas and a Happy New Year.
From my heart
Good luck my best friend
happy holiday and Happy days
you are a very special person.
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:08 PM
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Merry X-mas to you and your family Gavin!!!! Or Happy Holidays!

Keep on Rockin
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Old 12-26-2007, 01:16 PM
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All the best throughout the holidays Gavin and the same to all the forum readers :-)
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Old 12-26-2007, 04:16 PM
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Hey Gavin! What did Santa bring ya? :P
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Old 12-26-2007, 11:50 PM
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Merry christmas and a happy new year folks!
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Old 12-27-2007, 03:16 PM
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"Merry Christmas and a happy new year" from me too!
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Old 12-27-2007, 04:25 PM
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Gavin Harrison = my favourite drummer at this moment. A totally great musician!
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:41 AM
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Happy holidays!

There is a polyrhythm somewhere in the middle of "what happens now" (the riff from "anestesize") , what is it that you do there?
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Old 12-28-2007, 05:17 PM
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Hi Inngwar,

basically that Anesthetise riff is in 5/8. Then I come in with this polyrhythm..
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Then the bass joins in playing in 7/8 - then the guitar and keyboards join in playing the 3/16ths pattern that I'm playing on the ride cymbal. The really hard part is that the bass is following a chord structure and changes with the chords every 4 bars of 7/8. So I hit a crash cymbal on the downbeat of every four bars of 7/8 (but my part - as you can see - is cycling in three bar repeats). Bit of a brain teaser that one.

eventually we modulate the tempo so that the ride part becomes an 1/8 note in 6/8. Make sense?

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Old 12-28-2007, 06:17 PM
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Hi Gavin

Since you're one of my favorite drummer and you're so humble and available for the drumming community, I want to take the time to wish you an happy new year, that 2008 bring you whatever you want or need and that health stay with you.

God bless you


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Old 12-29-2007, 05:43 PM
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Hey Gavin,

I am trying to play Cheating the Polygraph and the displaced kick drum pattern has me about to seize up ! I would love to be able to play that beat and work on improvising my own thing in it as a practice drill for myself but I just can't figure out how to get it right. Could you perhaps give me a some insight in to how you count the rhythm in your mind ?

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Old 12-29-2007, 06:37 PM
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Hi Liquid_Drummer,

I'm imagining that you're talking about the verse groove? (There's a lot of different challenging grooves in that piece). If you are - there's a basic transcription of it on the previous page of this thread. As you'll notice the hi hat part is the same in the fist half as it is the in the second half. I think that's the pattern that I focused on originally - it's a very fast 7/16. I never count it - I just hear that 7/16 sound in my mind. I don't know what you mean by "displaced kick drum pattern" ?

The whole pattern is a kind of "rhythmic Illusion" and it's interesting to me to see how our audience feel it during a concert. Generally, they just notice the downbeat (the first bass drum) and the backbeat (the accented snare note in the middle of the bar). This is what tends to happen when you present a listener with equidistant 'downbeats' and backbeats'. So what I play with the hi hat and snare ghost notes would sound to them like septuplets - which most audiences are not used to hearing.

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Old 12-31-2007, 02:07 AM
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Hi Gavin,

I got the pleasure to meet you during Porcupine Tree's concert in Mexico, your such a nice (and tall) person, a serious inspiration for playing drums better every day, my questions are pretty simple, how was your experience (and for the group, if you know) of playing in Mexico? did you got to know the city?

Best wishes for the next year. Good luck.
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Old 01-01-2008, 03:40 PM
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Hi Velvel,

we had a great experience in Mexico - as it was our first time we didn't know what to expect - but everyone was very nice to us - and the gig went very well.
We didn't get time to look around the city much. I'll have to do it next time.

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Gavin,

I am very curious to hear your evolution as a drummer. What is your oldest available performance ? Do you have any old recordings of you practicing that you would consider letting us hear ? Something from when you were a teenager perhaps.

Happy new year to you and yours,

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Old 01-02-2008, 07:35 PM
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Hi Gavin!
All the best wishes in New Year!
Your talent is unique!

We were watching that live Porcupine Tree video from Drummerworld and the band is so so great and correct in time,and you are playing all those ideas,and i really don't know how your friends from band manage to play with you,and me and my drummer begin to suspect that they have a metronome in their in-ear monitoring...or you're all so well practiced that they know your every move?

And about the UNSETTLED - whoaaa,great song!great played!bravo!

And question about your songs from Musikmesse in Frankfurt,are those your own compositions?Because those songs are very beautiful.Especially 7-7-5(And since i am a keyboardist)Have you played all instruments on those tracks?
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:10 PM
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Hi Gavin,

Hope you had a great (and hopefully relaxing) Christmas?

Happy New Year to you. I'm hoping we hear lots of new things from you in 2008.

I notice on the PT site that you're playing some clinics in Switzerland at the end of January. Are you likely to do any UK clinics any time soon? I think they'd be amongst the most well-attended events in clinic history if you did ;o)
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Old 01-03-2008, 03:51 PM
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Hi Liquid_Drummer,

I am very curious to hear your evolution as a drummer. What is your oldest available performance ? Do you have any old recordings of you practicing that you would consider letting us hear ? Something from when you were a teenager perhaps.

I think the oldest available stuff on record is from 1986/7
Sam Brown's "Stop" album
Dizrhythmia "Dizrhythmia"
Froon (a German based band that used to be called Spliff)

I did make a record in 1980 with a band called "Choice" and I have my very first BBC sessions that I recorded with my Dad's quartet from 1979 - plus a group jam at a friends house when I was about 8 years old...but these are for my private collection only. There's a pretty full list of recordings that I've made here..

http://www.drumset.demon.co.uk/recordings.htm

Hi sloba_dragovic,

And question about your songs from Musikmesse in Frankfurt,are those your own compositions?Because those songs are very beautiful.Especially 7-7-5(And since i am a keyboardist)Have you played all instruments on those tracks?

I co-composed the first one "Designer" with Gary Sanctuary

http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/gavinharrison1.html

Tthe second one "19 Days" with Dave Stewart.

http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/gavinharrison2.html

The last one "Quite Firm" is written by Laurence Cottle.

http://www.drummerworld.com/Videos/gavinharrison3.html


I didn't play any of the instruments on those tracks except the marimba on "19 Days". Tracks 1 & 3 appear on my first DVD "Rhythmic Visions" - and the second piece appears on my DVD "Rhythmic Horizons".

Hi mixamuss,

I notice on the PT site that you're playing some clinics in Switzerland at the end of January. Are you likely to do any UK clinics any time soon? I think they'd be amongst the most well-attended events in clinic history if you did ;o)

Thanks - but I have no plans at the moment to make a UK drum clinic - but I'm trying to get a date in March/April to make a show for "Hardcase". I don't think I've made a clinic since 1998 in the UK.
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I don't think I've made a clinic since 1998 in the UK.
Hey Gavin,
I think I remember seeing you at the Bath Rhythm festival, 2002? I seem to recall you playing "Hell's Bells"!
Mind you, memory is a fickle mistress...
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what kind of bassdrum pedals do you use on "Futile" on the rythmic horizons dvd?
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Hi jgregson,

I think I remember seeing you at the Bath Rhythm festival, 2002? I seem to recall you playing "Hell's Bells"!

Yes I did play "Hells Bells". Dave Stewart is an old friend of mine so I got him to make a backing track for me.

Hi DTrocks,

On that "Futile" clip I use Sonor Giant Step pedals.

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Yes, for many years I used the N/D408 and I understand that they have now been replaced with the N/D468 - (which I now use on my live setup).
Ah. So no real discernible difference between them? (Sorry, no one I know around here has ever used them.)

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Recently I switched to using Sennheiser MD421 for the toms (in my studio) as I thought there was an improvement especially in the sound of the lower toms....but they are very big mics and a bit cumbersome, so wouldn't want to used them live.
Understandable. I have used MD421's in the studio on a couple of occasions and they do sound very good on bigger toms. But yeah, they do tend to get in the way and I'd like to get something that's a bit more multi-functional. The N/D468 looks easy to mount and if they're the same as the 408's you used, also sound pretty good to me (and being a tad more budget-friendly doesn't hurt!). I think I still might get an MD421 for my 16" tom, though. I have plenty of room to mount one over there.

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I just checked my Schoeps CMC5's and there's no number on the capsules.
They must be the Mk4g capsules (if they're cardoid, that is. is there a pictogram?). I think that's the kind of standard capsule for the CMC5, according to what I've read. But I've never even seen one!

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basically that Anesthetise riff is in 5/8. Then I come in with this polyrhythm..
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Then the bass joins in playing in 7/8 - then the guitar and keyboards join in playing the 3/16ths pattern that I'm playing on the ride cymbal. The really hard part is that the bass is following a chord structure and changes with the chords every 4 bars of 7/8. So I hit a crash cymbal on the downbeat of every four bars of 7/8 (but my part - as you can see - is cycling in three bar repeats). Bit of a brain teaser that one.
Sweet! Thanks for posting that, Gavin. That's got to be my favorite bit on Nil Recurring. That fill right before the 5/8 guitar riff comes in is also pretty darn cool. And the fill at 3:06 into Cheating the Polygraph is just brilliant, man. I know you like to vary up your fills, but that one on the record has a certain bit of ninja-ocity to it. I wish I'd thought of it! ;)

Thanks again for taking your time to post here for us all!
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Hi Gavin.. Congrats on the King Crimson gig. Should be a great experience ;-) I must admit I had a small heart attack when I heard the news since I'm a huge Porcupine Tree fan. I hope you still continue with PT otherwise I'll be sobbing uncontrollably for a long time. ;-)

Question: You've probably been asked this 10 times so apologizes up front. ;-)
When you record at your home studio, how do you divide your kit, track wise.
Is every single part of your kit on a separate track? If so, at some point do you ever combine or bounce drum tracks from say 2 to one track. I'm just trying to understand your recording setup "track wise" with your Mackie. For "Fear of a Blank Planet" did you have just rough music tracks from Steve that you played along with to get your final drum parts recorded and if so what tracks were you listening to, or did you play to the complete final song versions. I've heard of some drummers doing their tracks after the music had been laid down previously to a click track which sounds a bit odd to me.

Another question is if Steve and the band recorded one place and you recorded your drums at your home, how does this all merge together. Do you bring a disc of your drums to Steve or visa versa. I've only recorded in studios when the band was also present and all recording was done in that same studio. I was just wondering how it worked when different parts were recorded in different studios and then finally put together. You must all have the same recording software, hardware etc I would imagine, no? :-)

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