Prepared Drums Studies

~ solo drums explorations

Pedro Melo Alves drums

Improvised video sessions on some drums extended techniques and sounds.

I. On Metamorphic Shapes and Cycles
II. On Pendulums and Landscapes
III. On Noise, Data and Feedback
IV. On An Unlikely Mechanism
V. On Arpeggio Waves
VI. On Attack, Sustain and Crescendo For Nothing

About timbre, once in conversation with Afonso Pais (portuguese great guitar player), he told me timbre was the ultimate truth of a musician. Over the last few years, between the circuit of contemporary and experimental music, I’ve played with many special musicians who triggered in me a continuous effort to rethink the drumset. We’re condemned to be ourselves our whole life. I think I’ve only truly known in music the feeling of, for an instant, not being myself and “being” another with whom I’m playing, through sound, through timbre. It’s in these shared spaces between people that something luminous happens. It’s when you get to unknown territories, outside the walls of our small truths, and learn something new.
These video sessions are made of many of these encounters I’ve had so far, and just a checkpoint on an ongoing personal process. It’s about hating and loving, constructing and desconstructing your way to something.

Recorded in April 2020 at Ermo do Caos, Porto.
Video and audio by Pedro Melo Alves.
Thanks to Mariana Gomes and Filipe Louro for the technical support.
Thanks to João Pais Filipe, the cymbalsmith of many of my cymbals, bells and gongs.