DTX Dances

aka Drum Dances Mov. 1 by John Psathas Having very recently picked up my first electronic drumset, the Yamaha DTX920k, I thought I'd record Drum Dances, a piece I originally recorded acoustically for my album 'Katana of Choice - Music for Drumset Soloist'. My acoustic setup included a collection of Splash cymbals, China, 2 Crashes [...]

Album Prep: Katana of Choice

Recording for Katana of Choice by Nicole Lizée is just around the corner.  The title track to my solo drumset album is a concerto for drumset and percussion quartet. I'll be joined by the one and only TorQ Percussion ensemble with Ray Dillard producing at Canterbury Music Company studio in Toronto. Here's a clip of my solo [...]

Album Prep: Daily Warm Up

I’ve been doing the same drumset warm up for the past 5 years and probably will continue for as long as I can hold sticks. I figure, don’t mess with a good thing! My initial interest in this particular exercise came from my decision to learn the drumset solo Ti-Re-Ti-Ke-Dha (1979) by James Dillon (check out [...]

Album Prep: Drum Dances

One session down (I'll post clips from the Ligeti/Cossin session soon) and I'm pumped to be onto the next one this Monday. Up next is Architek's (well... really Ben Duinker's) arrangement of Drum Dances by John Psathas. Back in the day I recorded two movements of this work with my friend and killer pianist Andy [...]

Album Prep: the perfect ride

I am thrilled to be including a new arrangement of "Drum Dances" by John Psathas on my upcoming album Katana of Choice: New Works for Drumset Soloist. Originally for drumset and piano, this will be the premiere recording of Architek Percussion's very own arrangement for drumset and keyboard percussion. Architek member Ben Duinker has done an amazing [...]

Books for Drummers: The Complete Ludwig Drummer

This morning I've been re-exploring the amazing collection of The Ludwig Drummer magazines that were compiled and reissued by Centerbook Publishing. As mentioned in the preface, The Ludwig Drummer was published intermittently for over fifty years, starting in the mid-1920s. Articles focus on many areas of percussion: performance, pedagogy, percussion ensemble, orchestral, marching, drumset, keyboard, recording techniques. I became obsessed with this [...]