Andrea Benini

Drumphilia Vol. 1

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"Drumphilia" volume 1 is a rhythmic experiment that sits on the fault line between traditional instrumentation and analogue electronics. The project is a response to many years spent working with, learning about and listening to African and Caribbean percussion. Traditional rhythmic influences are combined with analogue drum machines and drum synths to create a hybrid sound that continues in the tradition of artists like Francis Bebey.

There are no traditional harmonic instruments on the recordings - the aim was to create melody and texture using only carefully tuned percussion instruments, whether organic or electronic. Basslines were created by blending drum synth tones with the acoustic marimbula, a traditional Caribbean instrument that was often used in place of a bass guitar. Melodies were created with everything from log drums and thumb pianos to early Soviet drum modules and the trailblazing Pearl Syncussion SY- 1.

Various time signatures and textures are used across the album to produce melody out of rhythm - hypnotic, evolving tracks that celebrate and highlight the importance of rhythm in modern music. All the sessions were recorded at the Mop Mop studio in Berlin between September and December, 2016. Instruments featured include: Log drum, marimbula, kalimba, sansula, krabebs. Pearl Syncussion SY-1, Vermona DRM1, MFB Tanzbär, MFB Tanzmaus RMIF Elsita, assorted drum machines and talkboxes.


Patrick says: Man-like Mop Mop goes by his birth name this time round for a hefty set of fascinating rhythms on Cristalline. Working with every drum machine I've ever heard with, along with all manner of obscure percussive and pitched instruments from around the globe, this is exotica for the 23rd century.


1. Jawa
2. Maharaja
3. The Juggler
4. El Guerrero
5. The Forbidden Tale
6. Marranzanu
7. Pink Twirl
8. Paramour
9. Blue Drop
10. Bacio Rubato
11. Cosmonomade
12. Syncussion 

A1. Jawa
A2. Maharaja
B1. The Juggler
B2. El Guerrero
B3. The Forbidden Tale
C1. Marranzanu
C2. Pink Twirl
D1. Paramour
D2. Blue Drop
D3. Bacio Rubato
D4. Cosmonomade

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