Saturday, August 29, 2009

Drum processing with Depeche Mode

6 comments:

line of control said...

interesting? hmmmm? i was expecting a bit more...he spent 7 mins saying they add effects to live drums??? wow. revolutionary.

and did anyone else just feel a little depressed when he said "it's a rock show". i always felt that DM began their decline when they introduced live drums on tour (Devotional Live tour).

i don't object to the live "performance" aspect of drums used by "electronic" bands- look how well DM used live triggering of samples with those lovely (Simmons?)pads on their 101 tour.

or how VNV uses them- i just don't like to hear "Rock n' Roll" sounds over top of every single song and over electronic sounds

i.e. that's why VNV's matter and form album was really very poor compared to say Empires.

although our esteemed Mr Shear seems to use "real" sounding drums in the most amazing way possible (i.e. Damaged)- so i guess i'm a big fat hypocrite...

Tom said...

I personally really like the live drums for DM. Especially on this tour I thought they added a lot to the songs. Of course I love electronic drums too, but there is a level of dynamics and subtlety you can only get from the real deal sometimes.

Anonymous said...

To be honest, I really prefer the "feel" and acoustics of real drums, being a "percussionist" and having played drums myself. Tracks with real drums (or at least realistic drum dynamics) can seem more human (if that is the aim). However, too much human is sometimes a problem...

John said...

Interesting stuff... Cheers for the link...

Yeah, like Line of Control said I much preferred DM when they were first and foremost a synth pop band, once they decided to be a rock band they lost it. it's like the Pixies trying their hand at IDM...

They were a great synth pop band but they're a bad rock band...

Tom said...

Actually I would LOVE to hear a Pixies IDM album! haha

John said...

So would I... :) hehe