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  • Stewart Copeland, the drummer from The Police, has been composing scores for silent films which the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will be performing. They are doing Ben Hur while he drums with the orchestra.

    “It’s a silent movie, which is catnip for a composer, and the wild action scenes are nitroglycerin for a drummer,” Copeland has said about the 1925 film. (via Classicalite)

    Why not grab a silent film from archive.org and play along with it while watching the movie? It seems like it would be an interesting way to work on a wide range of skills: improvisation, anticipation, emotion, etc..

    Also, when they added sound to silent movies they call them "talkies". Would adding drums to a silent movie make them a "drummies"?

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  • Movies about drummers are few and far between. A movie about a drummer that has Oscar buzz about it is incredibly rare.

    Whiplash" follows Andrew (Teller), a first-year college student as he begins his quest to become the core drummer of the top jazz orchestra in the country. Under the direction of a prestigious but borderline abusive instructor named Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), Andrew would do anything to become a famous musician. His commitment is put to the ultimate test when the unrelenting and eccentric band professor all but drives him to madness. Fletcher's extreme teaching methods rattle Andrew's faith in drumming…and in himself. In the end, the struggle is only worthwhile if Andrew is really the one-in-a-million talent that Fletcher believes him to be.

    The trailer for the new movie Whiplash, from Sony Pictures Classics, looks intense.

  • This video of Julien Audigier playing a drum kit in various outdoor environments is a really fun watch. It really shows off how drum sounds are affected by the space they are in.

    (via Colossal)

  • There is an interesting article over at Scientific American that parents should check out. It discusses an apparent connection between have rhythm and getting a head start in speaking and reading.

    In the study, scientists tested 35 children between three and four years old. An adult drummer beat a tempo meant to mimic the speed of speech. Twenty-two children could beat along; 13 could not. The children who kept the beat were faster at naming objects and colors, had superior short-term auditory memory, and were better at rhythm and melody discrimination. These skills all are related to language and reading.

    (via Scientific American)