Aphex Twin – Ambient Works Drumset Interpretations

Aphex Twin’s Heliosphan and We Are the Music Makers – Interpretations for the drumset. Aphex Twins Ambient Works album is a masterpiece. The recording quality could be described as shit, apparently it was recorded onto a cassette damaged by a cat. It doesn’t matter when the melodic components are as tasteful as this. The albumContinue reading “Aphex Twin – Ambient Works Drumset Interpretations”

Groove Modulation Part III – Using Dotted Notes to Modulate Between Relative Tempos

Metric modulation is a change in tempo or pulse based on a relative note value or subdivision. My previous modulation posts on this site have used different triplet and quintuplet values to create the perception of tempo changes. These groove exercises use dotted note values to stretch or contract the backbeat to create a tempoContinue reading “Groove Modulation Part III – Using Dotted Notes to Modulate Between Relative Tempos”

Mr. Bill Live Set – Audio & Transcription

PDF drum chart I used with Mr. Bill during the 2017 Australia tour dates + live recording. Mr. Bill’s Australian Winter 2017 tour, accompanied by Ryanosaurus and Bill’s side job, Electrocado, had us all take on Coffs Harbour, Airlie Beach, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. Mr. Bill’s complete live set from our final show of theContinue reading “Mr. Bill Live Set – Audio & Transcription”

Mr. Bill USA/Canada Tour – DRUM CHART

Download the drum chart I used with Mr. Bill during the 2016 North America tour. An incredible tour with Mr. Bill through the USA and Canada has all wrapped up.  24000kms (15000 miles) on the road with an awesome crew taking on 30 shows from California to British Columbia, New York to Florida, Louisiana toContinue reading “Mr. Bill USA/Canada Tour – DRUM CHART”

DNB Beat Repeat – Playing 3 Beat Loops

Rhythmic hemiola is a subdivision of the beat that differs from the time signature, with the intention of playing on our expectations. These Jungle grooves take any three semi quavers of the beat and loops the pattern repeatedly, stretching across the barline before opening up to restart on beat 1 of the 4/4 time. I’dContinue reading “DNB Beat Repeat – Playing 3 Beat Loops”

DNB Groove Modulation Part I + Polyrhythm Exercise

The following groove exercises take 8th note drum and bass patterns and modulates the groove over quarter note triplets. Keep the metronome at 172bpm. You’ll feel the groove switch to a triplet feel, while the dance floor feels as if the tempo moves from 172bpm to 129bpm before the groove reverts back to the startContinue reading “DNB Groove Modulation Part I + Polyrhythm Exercise”

Mr. Bill – “URL”

Drum transcription of Mr. Bill’s heavy shuffle – “URL”. I recently played a few shows as Mr. Bill’s drummer on his Australian “Corrective Scene Surgery” tour, complete with giant inflatabill and visual show. I transcribed all the fundamental grooves for each track to make up a simplified chart to cover his 1.5 hour DJ set and assist inContinue reading “Mr. Bill – “URL””

Nitin Sawheny – Remix Grooves

I was put onto Nitin Sawhney’s music when Kobra Kai was starting out, when we were still mixing some eastern sounds with different UK style dance beats. These grooves were scribbled out amongst my notes from this period, They’re some cool examples of garage / 2 step style UK grooves backing up some awesome songwritingContinue reading “Nitin Sawheny – Remix Grooves”

DNB Drum Grooves – Icicle / Roni Size / Shapeshifter / NOISIA

Roni Size’s In the Mode LP (2000) was the first drum and bass album I got into. I wrote out these grooves when Rehan first introduced me to the album, to get my head around everything going on with the grooves. Kobra Kai were lucky enough to support Roni Size and Dynamite MC at HomeContinue reading “DNB Drum Grooves – Icicle / Roni Size / Shapeshifter / NOISIA”

REWIND! DNB Groove Exercises Part I

These are Jungle grooves repeated in the consecutive bar/s as a mirrored image – played in reverse. They’re a good variation on any looped beat you’ve been sitting on and a good exercise in shifting the backbeat off the ‘2’ and ‘4’ and moving the accents around the bar like a cut up sample. Note:Continue reading “REWIND! DNB Groove Exercises Part I”