Mark - For Suspended Drums

by Michael McNab

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Michael McNab - Drum Kit, Percussion, Suspended Drums, Polystyrene, Objects, Preparations

In this improvised solo recording, Michael accompanies himself on the drum kit with three suspended and prepared drum sculptures, producing uncontrollable micro-rhythms within a more-or-less controllable gestural framework. Weighty metal preparations on the drum kit produce gong-like tones, while rubber mallets are used to create a growling friction, both on the drum kit and on some taut rubber bands around a polystyrene box. The box also has a contact microphone and two aluminium triangles (a hand-made gift from kinetic sound sculptor Ernie Althoff) attached, adding a delicate metallic texture. Other objects include some large marbles in a cotton bag, and a plastic hi-vis traffic flag, used at the end of the piece to make some subtle fabric sounds.


released October 2, 2020

Recorded by Michael McNab in Naarm/Melbourne, June 2020
Mixed and Mastered by Jim Denley
Cover art by Michael McNab

Thanks to Ren Walters, Clinton Green, Jim Denley, Dale Gorfinkel, Ernie Althoff, Peter Farrar, Laura Altman & Nick Ashwood

I'd like to acknowledge the true custodians of the land on which I live, work and play - the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation. I extend my respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging.


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