It really depends upon the music and the amount of noise you want to make. Generally speaking an acoustic kit is the way to go because it’s a million times more expressive, but sometimes electronic kits can be a practical option. If you’re playing techno music you’ll feel more justified in opting for an electronic kit.
That particular boat sailed long ago due to the multi-tracks being poorly stored in a damp basement alongside the Grand Union Canal in the Virgin building on the Harrow Road …. allegedly.
Well I had a metronome in my ears, that’s for sure.
Now here’s a clip courtesy of the B-vaults of that section of the track with only drums and sequencer so that you too may have a go at the marimba part.
Good spotting. I had a few Steve Reich albums (music for 18 musicians was one of my favourites). When I came up with the marimba line on Methods Of Dance I wasn’t aware of it sounding like Mr Reich’s work (or if I was I’ve conveniently forgotten), but it was an appealing instrument sonically and being percussive added another element to the sequencing nature of the synth line as well as a melody line. There are repeats on the marimba so I played each line only once and it repeated automatically – obviously the timing of the playing is then pretty crucial for the repeats to stay in sync and that’ll be why I was nominated for the job initially.
Never! We were very harsh on each other, always critical, and cynical – very English. The best we would offer was something like: ‘that works’.
I did play a little bit of something on that album I think. Prior to that I met Iva as a member of Yukihiro Takahashi’s band in which we toured Japan together and that’s how the connection was established.
I did yes, and back in the UK
Mine was because I was listening to NYD intensely for a very brief period of time (76 or 77 can’t remember) and it just so happened to coincide with the decision we’d made not be known as the Batt brothers in the band.
I don’t really have any hidden talents except perhaps I can sometimes see into a better future where religion and perfumes are finally banished from society and recognised for the fabricated assault on our natural senses that they are.