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Drums

Drumming with Tape

Drumming with Tape

From pickle tubs to washing machines, there are lots of unusual ways to create percussive sounds. But this clip from Japan’s Open Reel Ensemble is definitely the first time we’ve seen someone using magnetic reel-to-reel tape as a drum kit. More here.

Building a Drum from Scratch

Building a Drum from Scratch

(Gross) How to Make Everything wants to make a collection of musical instruments from scratch. First up is a drum. He made it out of maple wood, pigskin and twine. He had a lot of help from a woodworker, but he did all the gross stuff for the leather.

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Koka’s Beat Machines

Koka’s Beat Machines

Artist and musician Koka Nikoladze builds electromechanical objects which act like analog drum machines, producing unusual beats using bits and pieces of household objects and hardware to produce their rhythms. Be sure to check out Beat Machines No. 2 and No. 3.

Roli Beatmaker Kit

Roli Beatmaker Kit
$299-$339  Buy Link Comment

This set from digital instrument maker Roli includes everything you need to play drums and other rhythmic sounds with your fingers. The kit includes a touch-sensitive Lightpad Block, a Loop Block, synth apps, over 300 sounds, and a 6-month subscription to Melodics.

Pocket Operators Metal Series

Pocket Operators Metal Series
$89  Buy Link Comment

Teenage Engineering’s third batch of Pocket Operators is now complete. Accompanying the PO-32 Tonic drum machine are the PO-33 K.O.!, a micro-sampler with 40s memory, and the PO-35 Speak, a voice recorder and sampler.

Deal: iWord Digital Drum Kit

Deal: iWord Digital Drum Kit
$63  Buy Comment

Start banging on the drums faster and easier with this digital drum synthesizer. Play on seven professional tritone drum pads, and listen through the built-in speakers or headphone jack, or use USB MIDI to connect the drum kit to a computer and use sequencing software.

Willy Wonka with Drums

Willy Wonka with Drums

Drummer David Dockery is back with another rhythmic reinterpretation of a classic scene. This time, he transposed the dialogue from the famous fizzy lifting drink argument from Willy Wonka into a drumbeat. Listen to the beat without the voices here. “I said GOOD DAY!”

Incredible Taiko Drum Ensemble

Incredible Taiko Drum Ensemble

An earthshaking taiko drum performance by Senzoku Gakuen College of Music’s percussion ensemble that’s equal parts drumming talent, and choreography. The track is called Fertility of the Sea, composed by Eitetsu Hayashi. We can only imagine the sound with a good subwoofer.

PO-32 Tonic Drum Machine

PO-32 Tonic Drum Machine
$79-$139  Buy Link Comment

The latest addition to Teenage Engineering’s awesome Pocket Operators is a programmable drum machine you can tote in your pants. Available by itself, or bundled with Microtonic VST letting you upload custom sounds. A nifty calculator inspired pro case drops this April.

Deal: iWord Electronic Digital Drum Kit

Deal: iWord Electronic Digital Drum Kit
$63  Buy Comment

Turn your desktop into a complete drum kit with this roll-up electronic drum pad. The system includes 7 drum pads and two foot pedals, and you can listen via headphones, built-in speakers, or use it as a USB Midi controller. Save 37% in The Awesomer Shop. Demo here.

Tiny Tom Sawyer 2

Tiny Tom Sawyer 2

Street performer Ricky Syers gave his rocker puppet Chopsy a massive upgrade from its tin can drum set. The new kit looks so polished we can barely believe that it’s handmade. This would make for an awesome drum pad.

Obilab Cardboard Drum Kit

Obilab Cardboard Drum Kit
$112+  Pledge Comment

Obilab’s portable rhythm section folds down flat and fits inside a cardboard backpack, letting drummers set up impromptu jam and practice sessions pretty much anywhere – as long as it’s not raining. Listen to sample sounds at the bottom of their Kickstarter page.

Drumeo P4 Practice Pad

Drumeo P4 Practice Pad
$57  Buy Link Comment

Designed by veteran drummer and instructor Pat Petrillo, the P4 is the world’s first drum practice pad to have multiple height levels and four different pads that mimic the feel of percussion instruments. The variety helps you stay creative and keeps exercises fresh.

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Backflip Drum Solo

Backflip Drum Solo

Night Verses drummer Aric Improta shows off an impressive bit of showmanship in which he performs a backflip between two drum kits, and manages to keep the rhythm going with only the briefest of pauses in his solo.

Speed Baggin’ in the Limelight

Speed Baggin’ in the Limelight

Perhaps inspired by this guy, drummer Brian Tichy – who has played for Whitesnake, Billy Idol, Foreigner, and Ozzy Ozbourne turns in a performance of the Rush classic Limelight using only his fists, forearms and a speed bag.

Sensory Percussion

Sensory Percussion
$595+  Pledge Comment

Unlike other drum triggers, Sunhouse’s Sensory Percussion recognizes different parts of the drum as well as drum strokes. It lets you map effects and blend them seamlessly on one drum, use your kit to modulate effects and more.

The Strumming Drummer

The Strumming Drummer

Musician Pensen Paletti demonstrates a nifty trick – his ability to play both his acoustic guitar and a small electronic drum controller at once, resulting in a complete one-man rhythm section. Hear another guit-drum tune here.

Tiny Tom Sawyer

Tiny Tom Sawyer

New York performer Ricky Syers uses “Chopsy,” his drummer puppet and tiny tin can drums he created to play the percussion section of the 1981 Rush classic Tom Sawyer. We’re betting the guitar part would be a bit more difficult to pull off.

Yamaha 360° Drum Kit

Yamaha 360° Drum Kit

For its project AH A MAY, Yamaha swapped designers from its motorcycle and its musical instruments divisions, and one of the results was Raijin, a crazy drum kit which completely envelops its player inside a sphere of drums.

Korg CLIPHIT

Korg CLIPHIT
$139  Buy Link Comment

Like TableDrum, the CLIPHIT lets you turn ordinary objects into a drum kit. It comes with three clips and a footswitch, with room for a second footswitch. It comes with 11 kits and runs on 4 AA batteries. Skip to 2:50 for the demo.

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Three-Year-Old Drummer Boy

Three-Year-Old Drummer Boy

Three-year-old Lyonya Shilovskya was invited to join the stage with a symphony orchestra in Russia to perform a section of Offenbach’s classic Orpheus in the Underworld. We’re still convinced he’s an adult in a little kid costume.

DrumPants

DrumPants
$99++  Pledge Comment

Wearable drum pads that you can put over or under your pants or any other piece of clothing. DrumPants has a control box that can play hundreds of sounds, such as drums, synths, guitars and more. It also comes with foot sensors.

Bass Drum Smoke Rings

Bass Drum Smoke Rings

Cigarette smoking may be bad for your health, but we’re pretty sure it’s okay to blow smoke rings if you’re filling a bass drum with fog, instead of your lungs with carcinogens. We’re surprised this isn’t already a staple at rock concerts.

Intro to Drums

Intro to Drums

CDZA continues their music education series, today schooling us the basics elements of the drum kit, different rhythmic styles and on classic drum riffs, courtesy of talented percussionist Allan Mednard.

Grandma Rocks the Skins

Grandma Rocks the Skins

While music store performances aren’t always the best, you’ve got to hand it to this little old lady who stopped by La Crosse, Wisconsin’s Coalition Drum Shop to turn in an impromptu performance. (Thanks Aaron!)

Top Secret Drum Corps

Top Secret Drum Corps

Turns out precision and versatility aren’t just for Swiss Army knives. The Top Secret Drum Corps out of the historical drumming city of Basel, Switzerland put on an astounding show at the 2012 Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Tummy Talk Drum Solo

Tummy Talk Drum Solo

How did the folks at Sqwak elevate the idea of a drum solo to a strange and admirable new level in only a minute and a half, using just 1 tremendous belly and 3 percussionists to create a phat beat?

Drumming My Way

Drumming My Way

See that cute girl? While the vocalist in this performance of My Way isn’t too bad on the eyes, she’s quickly upstaged by the drummer and his stick-spinning antics. And his hair. (Thanks Dan!)

Kid Loves Foo Fighters

Kid Loves Foo Fighters

We’re not only impressed with six-year-old Jaxon Smith’s self-taught drumming abilities, but his taste in music is impeccable, as he jams along with Foo Fighters’ Pretender.

To Protect and Shred

To Protect and Shred

We don’t blame these guys for initially being afraid when a cop pulled up to their campsite. Luckily the only things he was interested in busting were jams. Canada wins again. Minus that guy at 1:07.

Drumming Without Hands

Drumming Without Hands

We all know that Def Leppard’s Rick Allen plays drums with a single arm, but he’s got nothing on Cornel Munn, who has overcome adversity to play the drums without any hands at all.

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