Eliot Humberto Kavee odd drumming


#1

Eliot Humberto Kavee is a guy who forces himself to hear odd meters over regular ones because it’s fun. This interview in modern drummer is a bit hard to get into, but the little you get from it is surely already worth it

http://www.eliasound.biz/interview.html

He’s played with henry threadgill’s zooid project, in which instrumentists and drummers play in different meters because fuck a downbeat


#2

I wonder how this sounds outside the context of jazz? If I had a daw I’d try lol, sounds really interesting


#3

You don’t have a daw? Not a single daw? Whyyyy


#4

you’d have to use it as part of a break or something, I guess. It works in Threadgill’s music because it’s written so you never really know where the 1 is. Most melodies start on the and of 1, it’s very syncopated.


#5

Mulling over it some more I think the thing here I’m wondering now is this? May be a naive question, but if they are playing different meters wouldn’t they eventually cycle based on the meters used to the common down beat again? 3/4 and 5/4 would meet on every 15th beat, 3/4 4/4 every 12th, 7/4 and 4/4 every 28th, 7/4 and 5/4 every 35th, etc.


#6

yeah that would be the case if each part was in one meter all along.

I’ve been experimenting with something similar to what Kavee’s talking about, I tried to switch from quarter notes to triplets of quarter notes (so that’s three quarter notes inside a half note… basically a three against two polyrythm), and then used those quarter notes as the basis of a 4/4 beat at a slightly faster tempo than the one I started with… pretty subtle shit man yeah