Die Detroiter Techno-Legende über sein neues DJ-Tools-Projekt "The Drummer"

Vor ein paar Monaten hat der ewige Techno-Konzeptualist Jeff Mills eine neue, berühmten Schlagzeuger-Legenden gewidmete 12″-Serie mit dem Titel “The Drummer” auf seinem Label Purpose Maker gestartet. Auf jeder Maxi sind sechs kurze, nach bekannten Jazz- und Rock-Drummern benannte und mit einer 808 programmierte Rhythmus-Tracks, die laut Mills deren Stil zu spielen wiedergeben und als DJ-Tools gedacht sind. In einem Interview mit Philip Sherburne für Beatportal erklärt der Detroiter Techno-Maestro, was es mit dem neuen Projekt, dessen Tracks jetzt unter dem Titel “The Drummer 26” auch digital veröffentlicht wurden, auf sich hat.

Steve Gadd, for instance, was a master at his hand control, at rudiments, at the complexity of the different patterns. So in the track, there’s a lot of work between the snare and the bell, where those two are just interchanging together. Or say, for instance, Billy Cobham—he was a master at foot control, at the kick drum. So you hear a lot of low end on that. Each track is in reference to what each drummer had mastered and what they were known for.

If everyone stopped to think that the machines that we’re using are only imitating these type of guys, these drummers—the machines were made to give the user the ability to make drum patterns like Billy Cobham. They were so advanced. It’s all very much connected. It’s an avenue to understanding why the machines are the way they are, why the sounds that they chose are the way they are—you know, they separated the percussion from the drums. In a drum machine, what tones are the basic ones necessary for a user to be able to transcend, to a certain point, the materials? As we move very quickly into the future, I think it’s important to have this project as a kind of footnote.

Das vollständige Interview findet ihr hier.

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