Tom on Tom Action.

Loop #25

When I first approached my toms about doing this, they were slightly hesitant. They giggled and said they had “experimented” with this type of stuff back in college, but that was “almost ten years ago”. I persisted, claiming they would be doing it for the sake of art. For the sake of melody! “Trust me”, I said. “I promise. No funny business. This is all on the up and up. It’s for my blog!”

Finally, three bottles of bordeaux later, they reluctantly agreed and allowed me to take them back to the studio. They insisted, however, that I couldn’t film it. I knew I still had a loophole. They said nothing about multitrack recording. “Fine”, I said. “Whatever makes you comfortable”. I dimmed the lights and pulled out some SM 57s. I then mounted both of them, providing just enough distance to prevent bleed, but close enough where I could still reach both of them.

We went at it for at least an hour. Trying various techniques. Placing things in unconventional locations. After a few rounds, we finally achieved what I was hoping for. And just in time. There was a knock at the door. Standing in the entry way to my studio was one of Boston’s finest. Apparently, my neighbors had called 911 and complained about the noise. I told the officer we were wrapping things up and apologized for the inconvenience. He was understanding, if not a tad bit jealous, and gave me nothing more than a warning.

In the end, the experience was even better than I had anticipated. I was able to capture the magic on tape and everyone involved was satisfied. I even let the toms spend the night in the studio.


Preview Here:


Download the Logic session here. (88MB)

Get the .wav file here.

95 BPM

4 thoughts on “Tom on Tom Action.

  1. Hey Ryan,

    Love the blog! Quick little suggestion: what about posting notation along with the tracks, so that us drummers at home (yes, some people still play acoustic drums! Don’t laugh!) can follow along? That would make your blog a resource for both electronic musicians AND live musicians!


  2. as soon as I saw the title I thought of some cracks, but I should’ve known from your previous entries you were going there anyway

    your writing is as entertaining as your playing

  3. Walking like a man, hitting like a hammer
    She’s a juvenile scam, never was a quitter
    Tasty like a raindrop, she’s got the look


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