This video depicts the first version of a pneumatic drum kit that I designed and fabricated for use within the Bull and Wounded Horse performance piece. As with most of my work, I also see these drums as sculptural objects. So while the drums find a use on stage, they are also intended to create music for the rest of the objects within the gallery setting.
In the performance piece there are actually three drum kits, a robotic drum kit stage left and stage right and a human drummer in the middle. In composing the music for Bull and Wounded Horse, I established a few moments within the performance where the robotic drum kit # 1 would establish a two measure beat then drop it. The human drummer, would then seamlessly pick up the same beat for two measures and drop it. The robotic drum kit #2 would then pickup the beat for two measures. This robot / human / robot rhythmic sequence would establish a looping bed over which the rest of the band would vamp.
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