Gavin Harrison V
Artist / Band / Musician
Rock / Experimental / Progressive
I wanted to give you some info about my project with 05Ric.
The first album is called "Drop" and there are 2 tracks are from that album in the player above and it can be bought in as a full on CD or as FLAC/mp3 download from the link below. The second and newest album is called "Circles" and there is a preview above. Both are available from:
Here's some info about my first solo album Sanity & Gravity. You can hear some tracks from it in the above player "Aim" "Dog Day" and "Witness"
Faced with the prospect of making a 'solo' drum album I decided I would take a more experimental approach to playing my instrument, rather than make a record of fast flashy solos and fills to try and show off my technique. Drums traditionally have a purpose in music to supply and hold a tempo. After all there isn't any really definable pitches coming out of the drumset that you would want to try to play melodies on in the normal sense.
But I felt there was still a way to express emotion from the drums played with the attitude of "blowing" on a saxophone or "twiddling" around on a piano. These "squiggle" pieces or sections (as I call them) would start with me recording the drums on their own without any pre- defined tune, arrangement, or tempo.
The only thing I would have as a guide would be the engineer signaling to me how many minutes had past because I couldn't really tell how much time was passing whilst I was in this "liquid" state of mind. Of course listening back, many of the pieces turned out to be just too random for me - but there were some - that I felt had a good balance compositionaly between playing time and playing expressively "out there in space" on the drums.
These pieces would then form the basis of a new composition with which the brilliant keyboardist Gary Sanctuary would "react" with and overdub to. Dave Stewart did an equally great thing as a " drum and piano solo " section in a piece called "Big News For A Small Day".So we ended up with tunes where (in certain sections) the drums were the "leading" voice (in a kind of melodic but non solo way) and the rest of the composition was built up around the original drum performance - as tempo based or random as that was!
Other, more groove based tunes started life as "jams" between Mick Karn, Gary Sanctuary and myself. I wanted to try and find some more alternative stranger types of groove. Then other musicians would come and play on top / underneath / or around the various rhythms and "squiggles" (when they occurred) and I would have chance to edit their collective performances into a kind of "collage" procedure.
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