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Mira Martin-Gray // Stick Control for the Air Drummer TAPE

Mira Martin-Gray // Stick Control for the Air Drummer TAPE

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A cassette released in December 2020 by Full Spectrum, which is presided over by our popular ambient folk writer Andrew Weathers.This work is a new work by Toronto sound artist Mira Martin-Gray, and it is a super stoic work that she played only with snare drum snappy because she could not hit the drum due to her illness. Limited to 12, DL code included.

Edition of 100.

"Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Martin-Gray is an improvising musician, producer and admittedly reluctant composer / sound artist / whatever whose work focuses on devising new methods for creating music accessibly. While her practice typically centers on the manipulation of no-input mixer feedback systems in an effort to to plumb the rich intersections between noise and melody, drone and rhythm, indeterminacy and control,'Stick Control' exists in a strange pocket dimension all its own.

As its creative seed,'Stick Control' takes a set of otherwise unremarkable snare drills sourced from George Lawrence Stone's legendary'Stick Control for the Snare Drummer' – a book which has been referred to as “the Bible of drumming,” providing a training template for young percussionists since its original publication in 1935. Martin-Gray turns Stone's rote patterns on their head, however, morphing them into a collection of stunningly warped explorations in sympathetic resonance and passionate minimalism.

She began by copying a few of her favorite exercises to MIDI and used these sequences to trigger a series of tuned 808 samples, which were then beamed directly at a lone snare drum. A preparation would be made to the snare wires themselves – either a small steel ball, a pinback button or a pair of earrings – which would exert just enough pressure to allow the sympathetic resonance to sound more like drum strokes than indistinct buzzing, while also introducing an unpredictable element into the repetitiveness of the sequenced exercises.

As an artist who can no longer play much percussion anymore because of chronic pain issues, this practice opened up a deeply personal dialogue between her personal relationship to the original training book, the rigors of instrumental performance and finding new ways to make the source material's innate inflexibility yield in a remarkably human way.'Stick Control,' through this lens, stands as perhaps the deepest and most vulnerable interpretation of George Lawrence Stone's drills book to date.
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Full Spectrum Records

Artist: Mira Martin-Gray

Label: Full Spectrum Records

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A cassette released in December 2020 by Full Spectrum, which is presided over by our popular ambient folk writer Andrew Weathers.This work is a new work by Toronto sound artist Mira Martin-Gray, and it is a super stoic work that she played only with snare drum snappy because she could not hit the drum due to her illness. Limited to 12, DL code included.

Edition of 100.

"Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Martin-Gray is an improvising musician, producer and admittedly reluctant composer / sound artist / whatever whose work focuses on devising new methods for creating music accessibly. While her practice typically centers on the manipulation of no-input mixer feedback systems in an effort to to plumb the rich intersections between noise and melody, drone and rhythm, indeterminacy and control,'Stick Control' exists in a strange pocket dimension all its own.

As its creative seed,'Stick Control' takes a set of otherwise unremarkable snare drills sourced from George Lawrence Stone's legendary'Stick Control for the Snare Drummer' – a book which has been referred to as “the Bible of drumming,” providing a training template for young percussionists since its original publication in 1935. Martin-Gray turns Stone's rote patterns on their head, however, morphing them into a collection of stunningly warped explorations in sympathetic resonance and passionate minimalism.

She began by copying a few of her favorite exercises to MIDI and used these sequences to trigger a series of tuned 808 samples, which were then beamed directly at a lone snare drum. A preparation would be made to the snare wires themselves – either a small steel ball, a pinback button or a pair of earrings – which would exert just enough pressure to allow the sympathetic resonance to sound more like drum strokes than indistinct buzzing, while also introducing an unpredictable element into the repetitiveness of the sequenced exercises.

As an artist who can no longer play much percussion anymore because of chronic pain issues, this practice opened up a deeply personal dialogue between her personal relationship to the original training book, the rigors of instrumental performance and finding new ways to make the source material's innate inflexibility yield in a remarkably human way.'Stick Control,' through this lens, stands as perhaps the deepest and most vulnerable interpretation of George Lawrence Stone's drills book to date.
 "
Full Spectrum Records

Artist: Mira Martin-Gray

Label: Full Spectrum Records