*Here is my Mars Volta Medley - Jon Theodore
This was filmed and recorded as one continuous, single take with no editing to the videos or drums in post production
I put this medley together to show my interpretation of some of my favorite Tomas Haake/Meshuggah moments. I did this solely to challenge myself.
Once I had chosen the grooves I wanted I arranged them using Ableton Live with no edits or tempo changes. I was aiming for flow, groove and climax with the arrangement.
I committed the whole medley to memory and learnt it all by ear. I do not transcribe.
I played along to the medley in my in ears with no click track except at 1:54 and 8:26 where the drums stop momentarily.
The details of the tracks are:
0:00 'Stengah' - Nothing (0:00-0:48, 1:43-2:06, 4:20-4:44, 5:16-5:53)
1:54 'Glints Collide' - Nothing (1:11-1:24 x2)
2:21 'Rational Gaze' - Nothing (0:00-0:28, 2:24-3:00)
3:25 'Perpetual Black Second' - Nothing (2:47-3:13) +1 bar freestyle
3:52 'Spasm' - Nothing (2:32-2:46)
4:06 'This Spiteful Snake' - obZen (3:16-3:30)
4:20 'In Death In Life - Catch 33 (0:00-0:15)
4:36 'Dancers to a Discordant System' - obZen (0:48-1:03, 4:09-4:25, 5:57-6:11)
5:20 'Pineal Gland Optics' - obZen (0:00-0:30, 0:59-1:21)
6:12 'Electric Red' - obZen (1:01-1:45, 4:39-5:05)
7:23 'Lethargica' - obZen (3:03-3:30)
7:50 'obZen' - obZen (3:02-3:36)
8:24 'I' - I (16:01-16:18, 16:58-17:16, 19:59- 21:00)
All songs written by either/or/and:
I always play a four-piece kit but this cymbal arrangement was specifically for the medley. I am aware Tomas Haake uses more toms and cymbals.
I proudly endorse and exclusively play the following gear:
In this video I am showcasing the following gear:
SONOR S-Classix with Scandanavian Birch Shells in Stratawood finish-
BD - 22" x 17.5"
TT - 10" x 8"
FT - 14" x 14"
14" x 5.5 Artist Series Snare with Vintage Maple shell in Blanched Roots finish
UFiP Cymbals- (left from birdseye view)
13" Natural top/Extatic bottom Hi-Hats
16" Natural China
18" Class Crash
Trash Stack made of cracked 18" China on cracked 19" Crash
18" Brilliant China
19" Class Crash/Ride
TRICK PRO 1-V double pedal with DW Dual Beaters
SILVERFOX Drumsticks (MR)
Cheers Billy and Tony at Drum Partners Australia.
Thanks to all my mates for a great day and specifically:
Michael Tayler - Engineer and Mixing
Paul Innes - Director
This was filmed at Threephase Studios in Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia.
Cheers Scott and Ben
Please feel free to ask me any questions
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