DD TV Danceophobia – May 2017

Our argument every time is developed in the three different phases, whose names took inspiration from groove and whose content changes according to the mood of the discussion. The “forerunner” is like an introduction, the “tour de force” is the place hosting the hottest words, and the “slow dance” is the conclusion.

DO YOU LIKE DRUM MACHINES?

 

FORERUNNER

Many drummers now seem to appreciate the sound of drum machines. Bands like Kraftwerk and few other early 80’s music acts were pioneers of this instrument. During the years on the stage the fans preferred the “natural” drums, leaving the “machines” apart, in a corner, but recently, due to the growth of the internet and of the hi-fi tech, for other reasons we are not going to argue here, they seem to use more often the drum machines? How do we fans feel about it? Do we like it?

 

TOUR DE FORCE

Drum machine is a legacy, we guess. The pioneers of this instrument passed the idea to the younger generations. We can remember the embarrassment within certain fan communities when they found out it was the sound of a drum machine.

We can remember the drum machine was played also in few dance hits

Luckily the use of the drum machine slowed down, gradually, probably due also to the staggering bills to pay for the costs of maintenance and up-to-date of the machines.

There is also a human factor that contributed to the progressive choice to drop the drum machines: these fake drum kits replace the human arms and feet of a drummer: if the drummer decides to play the drum machine during his career it is less easily accepted by the audience, because the audience wants to hear their favourite drummer performing. A drum machine feels “insensitive” not involving, flat, surreal.

The only factor that can help the growth (“resurrection” in some cases” of the drum machines in the studio is that being a machine, this device never fails to reproduce any kind of groove, the drum machine so well tolerates the pressure (of the musicians, of the fans of the record labels…. ). Drum machines are often used in the disco clubs because they are designed to “hammer” a certain drum beat: never a mistake, never a faux pas: hi-fi is just on humans’ side.

 

SLOW DANCE

Natural drumming is a “feeling”. It deals with respect to hands and feet that create the groove and we are happy that drummers haven’t totally dropped using their “good old dear drum kits”.

You got to be a veeeeery good drummer if you want the fans to notice it’s a drum machine playing.

 

DJ SET:

This is another “ironic” DJ set, that is we picked up few songs whose titles can ironically match with these key words are:  beat – machine – dance

Enjoy!

 

Duran Duran – Blame the machine

The Power Station – Go to zero

Youth kills – The time is now

Michael Jackson – Beat it

Whitney Houston – I wanna dance with somebody

Charlie Sexton – The beat’s so lonely

Kraftwerk – Man machine

Pet shop boys – Heartbeat

Chic – Everybody dance (Yowsa, yowsa, yowsa)

T Rex – Cosmic dancer

Propaganda – P Machinery

 

 

 

 

 

 

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