This is an excerpt of the live performance of a piece i composed for 36 drummers. The edit doesn’t give a sense of how the parts travelled down the line and through the formation of drummers, but it captures the atmosphere, the varied cast of players, and the euphoric free playing in the end section.
We didn’t rehearse, but everyone knew what to play. The intention was to avoid sounding too slick and polished and to leave room for the unexpected. And it did go awry in places. But i think the unintended echoes sound stunning as the drummers at one end slip out of time by an eighth note from the drummers at the other end. There’s a beautiful tension before everyone finds there way back to the same beat again.