Pete: Day 1 ~ Drums, Drip, Drip, Drip, Torture

Getting a drum sound is a legendary obsession in studio recording, and of course at live gigs. Audio engineers can spend several months listening to someone bang a snare drum, or hit a kick drum. They go into a kind of trance. I remember going to a Madonna gig at Madison Square Garden in 1993 and the only thing I could hear was the bass drum. She slid down a pole from ceiling to stage to start the show, or someone did – I was trying to stay in my seat. Every time the bass drum hit I was elevated several inches into the air. Was that really necessary? Madonna came down, I went up, etc. I should be so lucky.

2 February 2019

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