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Well, it looks like we have our first winner in the “Beat & Bratwurst Contest”. This photo was submitted by Endai Hüdl, whom you might remember as the composer of the electro-dance-circus epic, “Ded Blokkz Mambo”. While the jury is still debating the authenticity of this image (those are some HUGE brats), I applaud the effort that went into its creation. That said, I’m happy to present Endai with three free months of member’s only access here at ryangruss.com.

Congrats Endai!
Congrats Endai!

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Gruss

Watch out Hasselhoff, I’m about to steal your turf! I’m happy to announce that ryangruss.com is featured on the cover of the February issue of Beat magazine (not to be confused with TigerBeat). The magazine is now available on newstands in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. And what is so cool about this magazine? It contains a DVD with over 1 GB of drum loops recorded by yours truly! All royalty free. I recommend that you hop in your Volkswagen, drive to your nearest magazine vendor and pick up a copy.


Since I’m several thousand miles away from the nearest physical copy of the magazine, I figured I’d hold a little contest to at least feel like I was there. Here are the details:

How To Play:

Take a photograph of yourself with a copy of the February issue of Beat.
In this photo, there MUST be bratwurst present.
There must also be sauerkraut along with the bratwurst. Either on the side or on the actual bratwurst itself. Your call.
Note – Photos without sauerkraut will immediately be disqualified.

How To Enter

Email your photo to: ryan.a.gruss@gmail.com


Everyone who submits a picture that meets the required specifications will win a free, three month subscription to the member’s only section of ryangruss.com Over the course of these three months, you will have access to over 300 custom, royalty free drum loops.

Ok, that about sums it up. Let the games begin. I will be posting photos of all incoming entries so stay tuned!


And the winner is….

Chaircrusher! He was the first reader to correctly identify the meter of my last loop as 27/16. Since he cheated by using Sound Forge and some complex mathematics, I’m withholding 2 of the 3 prizes; the cooler full of yellow snow and the meet and greet with Dream Theater. However, he will still receive a three month subscription to the coveted “member’s only” area of ryangruss.com

Thanks to everyone who played along at home. It sure was an intense and geeky contest. And for those who are curious as to the rhythmic structure of the groove, it’s essentially a bar of 7/8 followed by a bar 13/16…. resulting in the 27/16 meter.


It’s now time to play…. Name That Meter!

Since my last odd meter loop stirred up so much interest around the internets, I figured I’d step it up and get all kinds of crazy with another, more complex groove. And rather than tell you what meter it’s in, I decided to turn it into a contest of sorts. Here’s the deal. The first person to respond in the comments section with the correct time signature will be the lucky winner of:

– A meet and greet with Dream Theater the next time they play in your city (A quick game of D&D is also included).

– An Igloo cooler full of yellow snow (vintage snow, from like 1974) signed by Frank himself.

– A 3 month subscription to the member’s only area of ryangruss.com

In total, a prize package valued at almost $30!

Come on down!
Come on down!

Loop #115

So, here it is. The mystery odd meter loop. Don’t hurt yourself trying to figure it out.. and don’t try to dance along to it. That’s not going to work out. And most importantly, be sure to leave your answer in the comments section. The winner will be notified via carrier pigeon in the next few weeks.

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