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Billy Martin & Stanton Moore: Talking Drums

New instructional resources from Billy Martin and Stanton Moore go far beyond rudiments

Billy Martin

Many instructional drumming projects offer standard practice methods and rudiments with all the zest and artfulness of a lab manual. But when drummers as creative and versatile as Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin & Wood) and Stanton Moore (Galactic) put out product, things get interesting.

Martin’s new DVD, Life on Drums (Vongole), is a 90-minute film with an additional hour-long bonus disc, and starts off in a way more cinematic fashion than most instructional videos. In an opening shot that evokes a vintage art film, the camera leads the viewer through several dark rooms, accompanied by the drummer’s eerie string-quartet composition “Corridor Strangu,” and eventually finds the director and New York City native soloing on his minimalist drum kit. “We filmed at an abandoned radio station in northern New Jersey,” Martin says, “with wood paneling that’s probably from the ’70s. And even though I didn’t have a time period in mind, I like that era of cinematography, with its saturation of colors.”

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