Thursday, 6 March 2014

Drum Machine



The most unexpected and best bit of my trip to Leeds Industrial Museum was stumbling upon a performance by Drum Machine.  (See also their website here.) There were at least 30 drummers and the sound they made was amazing and utterly infectious. (Turn your volume up and go full screen to watch the video!) Such fun. You could feel the beat vibrating right through your body, as well as hearing it.  I've never quite experienced anything like it before. The guy at the front was the conductor/director and seemed to have an elaborate sign language for what was to happen next, bringing in different types of drum at different times, varying the rhythm, rising to a crescendo and then falling quieter again. They played without a break for what must have been a good half an hour. Brilliant.

I took several still photos but none of them really came out well as it was very dark where they were playing. Luckily this quick video I took on my phone turned out good enough to give an idea of their performance. I've spent all evening trying to work out how to get this few seconds uploaded from my phone and onto my blog! I hope it works for everyone to see, though it's a pale imitation of what it was like to be there.

2 comments:

  1. Wow! What fun! I never take videos on my iPhone or my camera. Maybe I should begin.

    I was really hoping that you had got a still photo of that joyful woman in the front row with the high hair and happy expressions.

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    1. Yes, I tried but even with my camera's highest ISO the movement was too fast and blurred. I had nothing to rest my camera on. Makes me even more amazed at the iPhone's capability in low light.

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