drummers wearing headphones

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Postby ryanking » Fri Jun 14, 2002 8:23 am

I was readin' this Pink Floyd book once and it mentioned that Roger Waters, for all his griping about the chasm between audience and artist, chose to wear headphones on stage(presumably with a curly cord) during the In the Flesh tour in '77. The criticism leveled by the book was that the headphones "insulated" Waters from the audience, so he really had no room to complain. Do headphones do that? Do headphones help drummers? I know you said a drummer who needs headphones shouldn't be playin', Josh, I wonder what you meant by that?

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Postby Mixmaster Shecky » Fri Jun 14, 2002 11:04 am

Curly Cords...wasn't that the guy who played bass for the Starland Vocal Band?

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Postby Joshua » Fri Jun 14, 2002 12:58 pm

Haha - everyone laugh at Shecky - double poster! :P

Ryan, I was just referring to using them to keep time - usually with a metronome or a sequenced track. I'm very critical when it comes to time (a family trait), and while I'm certainly not perfect myself, I think a drummer that either 1) doesn't have the natural time to stay in sync with a sequenced track, or 2) denies a song without sequencing of its natural ebb and flow by forcing themselves to stick to a click track, doesn't have what it takes to provide a band with a solid and good feeling foundation.

There are many good reasons a drummer might use headphones, and I do enjoy the look, but I think they're a crutch that many drummers use without ever really training themselves to have precise timing.

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Postby D. Phillips » Fri Jun 14, 2002 1:51 pm

And this from the man whose father invented rhythm!

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Postby Joshua » Fri Jun 14, 2002 3:37 pm

No ripping on my dad, DP... He means well.

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Postby D. Phillips » Fri Jun 14, 2002 4:38 pm

No rip meant. It was an hommage...

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Postby Jake » Fri Jun 14, 2002 4:56 pm

Josh, how do those rhythm machines cost? I have absolutely no sense of rhythm (and very little sense of anything whatsoever). I want to be able to clap my hands at tap my feet in time to the bands I'm seeing...

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Postby Joshua » Sat Jun 15, 2002 2:26 am

Sorry, Jake - medical professionals only right now. Consumer versions may be on the drawing board, though.

Now back to our regularly scheduled thread:

Aren't there some great shots of the Stone Roses' Reni in cool looking 'phones?

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Postby D. Phillips » Mon Jun 17, 2002 10:35 am

Reni is/was the SHIT.

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Postby Joshua » Mon Jun 17, 2002 1:03 pm

"Daybreak" is one of my favorite drum parts in musical history. Stone cold wild.


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