Presenting "Chopsy"
April 5, 2015 5:58 PM   Subscribe

Ricky Syers is a Drummer. He builds and performs on his own drum kits. Ricky Syers is a Puppeteer. He builds and performs with his own marionettes. Two great things that go great together.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (10 comments total) 21 users marked this as a favorite
Holy shit. That's way more awesome than I really expected it to be.
posted by jacquilynne at 6:12 PM on April 5, 2015

Great stuff, but with one quibble: the puppet playing the drums is not a marionette. Marionettes are controlled with strings, not with wires to the arms as with Kermit the Frog, which was essentially a hand puppet.
posted by kinnakeet at 6:32 PM on April 5, 2015

That drumming puppet is amazing. It looks like he even has springy loose little wrists to give some more life to his movements... I seriously just want to know everything there is to know about this damn thing.
posted by SharkParty at 7:17 PM on April 5, 2015 [1 favorite]

posted by Catblack at 7:24 PM on April 5, 2015

That's awesome.
posted by bardophile at 9:54 PM on April 5, 2015

If you dig that, check out Paperhand Lincoln's all-puppet band!
posted by Ursula Hitler at 11:34 PM on April 5, 2015

posted by MexicanYenta at 8:34 AM on April 6, 2015

That drummer puppet is pretty good. It's a shame Buddy Rich is no longer with us; he enjoyed a good drum battle with a puppet.
posted by LeLiLo at 12:00 PM on April 6, 2015

That clip is the only BR performance I've seen where he uses matched grip.
posted by flabdablet at 8:42 AM on April 7, 2015

It's even more impressive that Chopsy does it with a trad grip.
posted by sourwookie at 5:02 PM on April 15, 2015

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