The video was a little disappointing, the hand drums were sampled and he was playing just a normal kit over the top of it. I think he actually plays the tabla, but not in the video.
PLEASE STOP!! a suitcase for a foot tom? (eagerly waits for hipster drum fads to disappear.) What a waste of a good foot pedal. heheYou could do something like this:
I'm currently working on a set using a Cajon as the bass drum. Trying to figure out what all I want to do for the rest.
Interesting I didn't consider that the posters motivation for wanting to explore different instrumentation. Boredom, isn't a very good reason. For me, I am actually interested in these other cultures and learning the songs. Whether it is Lion dance or Samba.Innovation comes from within. Others don't know you.
I was going to mention this. If you're like me you kind of collect novel instrumentation. I used to try to bolt everything on one set, but I've been much happier since I schizemed the two. Into a more standard set and an eclectic set. For a while I couldn't decide what to do with the splash and ChinaThere are two ways of dealing with this.
1) Cold Turkey - take your entire existing kit down, then build everything from scratch. Get inspiration from non-popular music. I once tried just a high tom for pulses, and a kick drum for accents. This was my adaptation of a drum part from a traditional music in my country. Could you play an entire gig with just this setup? You'll never know until you try.
2) Slow But Sure - change out one or two pieces at a time. For example, could you live without toms? Take them out. Can you replace your kick drum with a gong? Try it. Can you get by with an all-China cymbal setup? Do it. Can you rearrange your drum parts so that the downbeat is played by a high pitch instead of a low bass drum sound? If Stewart Copeland could do it, why not you?