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.