I was sitting in the coffee shop listening to a techno drum groove, when the thought occurred to me, "You know what, I'll be darned if these drums aren't pitched." Then, I began reflecting on my experience working with digital drum samplers and trackers, and they all pretty much have a note based resampling mode where the sample can be sped up to get a different prespecified pitch, thank you Jojo. Paired with pitch based filters and auto tune, it really is fairly common to program melodic drum tracks.I would accuse you of spreading misinformation about the nature of the drumset instrument. If you think that any producer in any recording studio would ever consider the drums a melodic instrument you are out of touch with the reality of making music that people actually listen to. In more than 99% of all cases the drums are a rhythmic backing instrument that does not play melodic lines.
Go play your melodic drums in your basement.
Either you have a purpose behind your expression... or you don't.
Does anyone know of other techniques to produce melodic drum music. I would be especially interested in live recording production techniques.