Are you a drummer with a Nintendo DS and wish could drum while waiting in the popcorn line while going to catch High School Musical IX: This time We’re Gonna Sing about the Debate Team at the $2 movie. Gots da 1337 h4ck3r skillzz?? Well, thanks to the guys over at Pocketgamer.co.uk, you can hack your pocket gaming system into a virtual drumkit – complete with your own virtual Yamaha electronic drums! Sure, it voids your warranty and can potentially be leaked back to big N that you’ve distributed “Warez,” but why, oh why, didn’t they put an actual drum kit on the screen?! Who wants to tap around a virtual synthetic kit when you could have a huge monster rock kit alÃ¡ Mike Portnoy? Ah well … enjoy, and let us know how it is!
This week, we recap the 24hr Drumathon, discuss electronic percussion, and talk about using loops and samples with acoustic drums.
I hate drum machine jazz!! Ok .. now that I’ve got that out of my system, I can continue in a more civilized manner.
Well, it’s not to say that I’m some elite purist or anything, but I just can’t stand to listen to some really great horn player blasting away on top of pre-fab, pro-tooled tracks. Ugh. I don’t feel threatened by drum machines or anything. I mean, people don’t want to see a drum machine take a solo, so I’ll always find work, but it’s just that I can’t stand to listen to music that at it’s very heart is meant to be organically played with emotion and passion. Maybe it’s an economic thing .. I dunno. But to replace the guts of a classic tune with mechanically sounding rhythm parts so a soloist can crank out another record just flies in the face of everything I believe in about music. Read more