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December 29, 2010 9:32 PM   Subscribe

Vadrum drums over some familiar classics ... Mozart's overture to The Marriage of Figaro (original). The William Tell overture (original). Rossini's overture to The Barber of Seville — you'll recognize it at 1:20 (original). Mozart's "Rondo Alla Turca" a.k.a. "Turkish March," from Piano Sonata No. 11, K. 331 (original). posted by John Cohen (19 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

 
Well, I've only watched the Marriage of Figaro video so far and it demonstrates two things:
1. The guy is a very skilled drummer
2. Mozart don't need drums
posted by awfurby at 10:15 PM on December 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


This guy expresses just how much I love Rossini, and does it with a drum kit in front of him. Wonderful, thanks for this.
posted by Space Coyote at 10:27 PM on December 29, 2010


It's all a bit Night on Disco Mountain.
posted by Artw at 10:44 PM on December 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wanker.

Sorry, but double-kick drums are for the same douchebags who play five- and six-string basses.
posted by bardic at 10:44 PM on December 29, 2010 [4 favorites]


On the other hand, the Super Mario Bros ones sound like something on Warp or Ninja Tunes.

So...

Drum over 8 bit music = fun contemporary pop electronica.
Drum over classical music = Something involving ice-skating, or possibly a show with tigers in it at Vegas.
posted by Artw at 10:49 PM on December 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yes - the classical choons are a bit like the "Hooked on Classics" series except played by a speedfreak.
posted by awfurby at 11:06 PM on December 29, 2010


There is a special place in hell reserved for people who use double kick-drum pedals. As you can imagine, those poor souls must spend eternity being pummeled by double kick-drum pedals. At high speed. Some of the unfortunate classical composers who've wound up in Hades are, it is imagined, eagerly awaiting the arrival of signor Vadrucci.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 12:09 AM on December 30, 2010 [2 favorites]


There is a special place in hell reserved for people who use double kick-drum pedals.

There are many reasons Michael Walden is headed there, but the double pedal is not foremost among them.
posted by Wolof at 1:59 AM on December 30, 2010


This was worth trying. Once.
posted by Faze at 4:48 AM on December 30, 2010


Flapjax, what's wrong with double kick-drum pedals? I'm not a drummer, but my husband and son are, and they both use double pedals (my son's double pedal was actually his big Winter Holiday gift last year.) They sound fine to me. Is the idea that you're supposed to be a sufficiently skilled drummer to achieve that effect with a single pedal, or that you're not supposed to be making that sound at all?
posted by Daily Alice at 6:50 AM on December 30, 2010


Meh. He doesn't seem to do anything innovative, just follows the rhythm that's already there (with, as mentioned above, very heavy use of double kick drum pedals, not that I personally have anything against those).
posted by Brian Puccio at 6:54 AM on December 30, 2010


Flapjax, what's wrong with double kick-drum pedals?

Well, truth be told, my comment was really pretty tongue in cheek, Daily Alice, and I imagine both your husband and your son are doing/will do great things with their double pedals!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 7:02 AM on December 30, 2010


Heh. We're all (to varying degrees) big prog nerds in this house, so we're well aware that Our Favorite Band Sucks. I always like your music posts, so wondered if there was some well-known "thing" I was missing.
posted by Daily Alice at 8:08 AM on December 30, 2010


Is the idea that you're supposed to be a sufficiently skilled drummer to achieve that effect with a single pedal, or that you're not supposed to be making that sound at all?

I don't think it is possible to get that effect with one pedal, any more than you could do a roll with one stick. People hate those double pedals because they automate the process, so you don't need two kick drums and both feet to do it-- there's less skill involved. Also quad rolls are pretty overused, and these pedals have added to that. It's a cheap way to add flash, and a lot of drummers aren't very creative with it.

But it can be used very well-- we played a show a few weeks back with East Bay Ray and The Killer Smiles, and their drummer was a master with the double pedal. He used it very sparingly, but it was thrilling every time he kicked it in.
posted by InfidelZombie at 9:37 AM on December 30, 2010


any more than you could do a roll with one stick

Watch and learn.
posted by Daily Alice at 9:51 AM on December 30, 2010 [1 favorite]


My beef with double pedals is more that they accompany a kick drum sound that I find abhorrent - that clicky sound. A kick drum is supposed to, you know, sound bass-y.

I think that classical music needs more drums, and I do appreciate what this guy is trying, but it would be a lot more pleasing to my ears with a funk/jazz drum setup, and if he played more complimentary rhythms, as opposed just playing the rhythm that the melody has over the top of the melody. There was a point in Rondo Alla Turca where he busted out a Latin beat for a second, and that was really bitchin'. Also needs more cowbell :D
posted by baxter_ilion at 11:13 AM on December 30, 2010


I don't think it is possible to get that effect with one pedal, any more than you could do a roll with one stick.

If you keep you toe on the pedal, it's possible in short burst -- 2 or 3 fast beats. (I've not seen someone do the heavy metal sustained rolls of 16th-note kick beats with one foot.) John Bonham was actually pretty good at this. Also, it seems like the fair majority of drummers have the two-pedal, one-kick-drum set-up these days, at least in rock. I think the idea is that you keep your "other" foot on the hi-hat pedal most of the time, and move it over to the second kick pedal once in a while, when called for.

When it's exactly called for is obviously a matter for debate, but the simple fact of owning one does not actually make a person a douchebag.
posted by Devils Rancher at 12:11 PM on December 30, 2010


Five & six string bass players aren't automatically wankerish...what about Victor Wooten!?
posted by smirkette at 12:08 AM on December 31, 2010


okay, so that wasn't a five string--but he plays them from time to time.
posted by smirkette at 12:09 AM on December 31, 2010


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