Posts filed under "Audio"

August 10, 2015

The Best Drummer You’ve Ever Heard But Never Heard Of

It’s pretty impressive that 2 people can create such a groove:

But it’s less surprising when you learn the drummer is one of the most sought-after session drummers in history, Matt Chamberlain. Oh, and he was in Perl Jam.

You might not recognize Matt Chamberlain’s face, but you probably recognize his deceptively-simple, rock-solid driving beats. It’s pretty cool to realize that what makes the following songs work so well is their drums, and the drummer is all the same guy:

Fiona Apple, “Criminal”

One YouTube commenter described his performance as such:

This is a tough part to play consistently, because you’ve got to portray strict 8th-note rock on one hand, yet make it swing at the same time. Drummer Matt Chamberlain does this beautifully. The slightly late, monotonous, “stiff-armed” hi-hat 8th-notes suggest all rock, but the little ornamental notes on the snare and the occasional stuttered 16th on the hi-hat give it a certain swing and a most unique sway, too.
Chamberlain is an immensely talented drummer, so it’s not at all surprising that he’s among the most in-demand studio players of our time. He just makes it all sound so simple. Playing at his level of depth, however, is most definitely not!

The Wallflowers, “One Headlight” (Impressive cover video btw…)

Perl Jam, “Even Flow”

John Mayer, “Home Life”

And in recent news, he’s collaborated with a software company to create digital loops for musicians, and this is an interesting overview of his style:

Specifically, these beats are pretty amazing. Seemingly simple, but endlessly complex.

Lastly, listen to this story about Matt Chamberlain setting up and recording a drum track for The Long Winters. What he ended up doing completely changed my understanding of how talented a drummer can be. He basically took his performance, mixed and edited it in his head, then played 1/5 of the part 5 times in a row so the recordings could be overlayed to create the final drum part. I didn’t understand it the first time either. Give it a listen here.

So to anyone who thinks that being a “great” drummer is a matter of being able to play fast or be flashy, think again.

Just like with great hardware or software, sometimes less is more.

October 29, 2009

Did the Black Eyed Peas Rip Off Radiohead?

If you combine Radiohead’s “Motion Picture Soundtrack” with the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Got A Feeling”, you get either copyright infringement or a pleasant coincidence. I’m just sayin…

May 14, 2009

Dos Equis

I don’t always do impersonations, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis.

Have a listen.

April 17, 2006

My Voiceover Demo Reel

Not too many of you know this, but I used to do lots of voiceover work for movies and commercials. I finally got around to uploading my demo reel, so check it out and enjoy! Download it here.

January 16, 2006

“Keys” Song, Made With Garageband

You don’t have to sample obscure B movies or scientific instructional videos from the fifties to make a groove so intense it makes Moby weep.  Ladies and Gentlemen: My first recording featuring a vocal performance by yours truly. Download this song and change your life.

January 13, 2006

Riffing on the Strokes

Like The Strokes’ new album? Well allow me to ruin the first track for you!

August 18, 2005

Beverly Hills Cop Themesong Remake

In the same vein as Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” I took it upon myself to create a note-for-note remake of Harold Faltermeyer’s “Beverly Hills Cop” theme song using GarageBand. May god have mercy on your souls.

February 17, 2005

Radiohead’s “No Surprises” Remake with Garageband

I’m not quite sure what to say about this one. It was a funny idea that got out of hand, and now I don’t know whether to laugh with it or at it. Either way, it’ll be sure to top the charts in Europe. Download “No_Surprises.mp3” here.

February 10, 2005

Offensive Bill Cosby Routine – SECRET RECORDING

I’m a little shocked that Bill Cosby’s act is so forward and brash, but apparently in his old age he’s come to terms with himself. Download the recording here.

February 6, 2005

Delorean Dreams Song Made with Garageband

I won’t say this is my favorite song that I’ve made but I will say that it is without a doubt the greatest 3 minutes of music ever written or recorded in the history of the universe. I’m tentatively calling it “DeLorean Dreams” but feel free to suggest better titles. Download it right here.