DrumArmy.com - Drum Army Wants You to see the world and taste its rhythms. It was the fall 1991 and a crack team of percussion experts were hand-picked by Commander-in-Chief Bill T Miller to embark on the quest. With the help of TIME TRAVEL WARP PORTALS and the OBE Magick Amulet, this mutant patrol of SIX mercenary officers pounded out the basic rhythm trax during FULL MOON time tunnel sessions.
THIS is a VIDEO MEDLEY from THESE THREE SONGS...
Transported to the MOTHERLAND of AFRICA, the DRUM ARMY witnesses the BIRTH OF THE BEAT...jungle logs and chanting call out across the continent. The DRUM ARMY ensemble answers the call as the jungle comes alive with the chaos of beats. A mixture of the primitive organic sounds of ancient world mingles with modern drums, samplers, and noise making junk that the Drum Army patrol brought with them through the portal.
5-Big Rock Beat (Britain)
Then suddenly as the smoke drifts skyward, the travelers are drawn into a new portal, travelling through a long vortex maze gliding from the ANCIENT WORLD to the NEW MODERN WORLD. BTM and AD find themselves joining what appears to be a DRUM-IN of sorts. Clearly in LONDON, circa late 60s, the drummers pound out a Bonham-Moon-Baker-like beat in a dark dingy club. It's got a groovy beat, huh? After all the ancient world travels, the BIG ROCK BEAT seems to be SIMPLE by comparision, but the familiar 4/4 rock rock backbeat feeds the time traveler's homesick desires. As one of the UK drummers twirls his sticks, yet another portal opens up.....
Transported to a EuroTech laboratory packed full of electronics in GERMANY, the ARMY is surrounded by primative oscillators and hi-tech samplers triggered with drum pads, keyboards, computer sequencers. Ready to morph, loop, and mutate, the DRUM ARMY embraces a chance to step out of the organic grounding of tradition. Sparks fly as an electro industdroid dance beat happy trip ignites....and you guessed it, yet another portal opens up... this time back to the NOW TIMES.
Departing from a portal which appeared in the wall at HEADROOM STUDIOS and travelling at the speed of sound, eight "songs" or "jam dimensions" were conjured up. The battle plan was to lay down the basic assult and then, later, DRAFT Special Forces Troops to overdub even MORE. Eventually OVER 40 minutes of beatscape masters materialized from the original 90 minutes of multitrack tapes. The first half of the CD focuses on the OLD WORLD rhythms.
Experimental percussion jamfest offshoot of OBE. Trip around the world, from the African jungles to the Amazon rain forest to Tibetan mountain tops to American Indian plains to British rock beats to USA street bang jams to German euro-tech grooves and finally, the Drum Army parade march.
COMPLETE SONGLIST from DRUM ARMY WANTS YOU CD.
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2-Tropical Rainstick (South America)
3-Trance Dance (Tibet)
4-Tribal Stomp (Native America)
5-Big Rock Beat (Britain)
6-Urban Jamfest (USA)
8-Drum Army March (World Parade)
BONUS CUT - Taiko Mania (Japan)
Bill T Miller - percussion & sample guru (1-8 ALL Trax)
Andy Deckard - main trap kit & percussion (1-8 ALL Trax)
Ken Winokur - traditional percussion (1,2,3) junk (6,7,8)
Larry Dersch - snare, floor & roto toms (1,2,3,6,7,8)
John Breglia - sampled percusion (2,3,6,7,8)
Simon - percussion (1,2,3) vocals(3)
Jeff Cohen - sampled percussion pads (6,7,8)
Drum Army! TROOPS:
Roger Miller - sampled percussion & tins (7,8)
Russ Smith - tins, pots & pans (6)
Malcolm Travis - floor toms (5 & 8)
Joel Simches - octobon & roto toms (3,5,8)
Mikey Dee - floor toms & rice box (2,4,6)
Val Nolan - frame drum, bells & shells (3,6)
Barry Spillberg - double bass kick drums (5)
Mike Annis - roto toms & gong (5,8)
Shane - roto toms,tub & slit drum (1,6)
G.T. Miller - earth voice (2)
Dave Ackerman - assistant overdub engineer
Produced/Engineered by Bill T Miller at HEADROOM Studios-Boston
Drum Army is NOT a Drum Corps Marching Ensemble. Drum Army IS a spaced-out rock drum jamfest. Commander-in-Chief BILL T MILLER gathered the OFFICERS together for FULL MOON sessions (in 1990) and banged out the basic trax, and then drafted the TROOPS to do tons of overdubs.
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