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People in Order

People in Order is a series of four short films in which regular people are portrayed in some sort of order; for example, in the Age film, people from ages 1 to 100 are shown hitting a snare drum. The films were made when filmmakers Lenka Clayton and James Price drove around Britain in [...]

The Legend of Zelda Theme on Marimba

(YouTube link) This is a really nice performance of the main theme from the video game The Legend of Zelda on a marimba, plus snare drum, cymbals, bells, timpani, and triangle. These guys used no sheet music -it’s all played by ear! -via Buzzfeed

Max Roach Hits Some Drums

Surely you’re familiar with Max Roach, the fantastic jazz drummer. Oh, you’re not? BEHOLD: Hi-Hat Using just two sticks and a hi-hat, Roach demonstrates the versatility of his craft. Keep your eyes peeled for the section near the end, when he turns a stick around and uses the reverse end. Snare with Brushes There’s a lot [...]

The Quick 10: The Strangest Record to Make the Top 10

In 1966, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, and the artists at Motown were all competing for top spots on the charts. But despite all this formidable competition, an odd little record called “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” climbed to the number 3 spot on Billboard’s Hot [...]

Carnival Bateria

You might not be able to fly down to Rio for Carnival, but you can hear and feel a “bateria,” a samba school drum section, in this web toy from Brazil. Enjoy the rhythm, or toggle on and off the sections to hear how each instrument sounds: shaker, cuica, agogo, tambourine, snare drum, repique, and [...]