Drum master Bill Bruford, veteran of some of the most creative bands in history (King Crimson, Yes, Genese, etc.), is sharing some of what he's learned about being a drummer and a musician in his new book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer, out on University of Michigan Press.
by Jon Davis, Published 2018-01-30
Bruford, who was awarded a PhD from the University of Surrey in 2016, has written a book that is not just for drummers, but for all musicians who strive to be creative. He explores the role of the drummer in a band, and how to make things work.
From the press release:
The book is an exploration of the creativity involved in the way drummers make things work, make things matter, and make sense of both. It draws on interviews with nine top drummers and Bruford’s own experience to improve understanding in collaborative popular music performance. What do expert drummers do? Why do they do it? Is there anything creative about it? If so, how might that creativity inform their practice and that of others in related artistic spheres? Applying ideas from cultural psychology to findings from original research into the creative behaviors of a specific subset of popular music instrumentalists, Bruford demonstrates the ways in which expert drummers experience creativity in performance and offers fresh insights into in-the-moment interactional processes in music.
Given the degree of creativity Bruford has show in his own work, it's a sure bet that he's learned a thing or two, and this book should provide some great insights and ideas for players in all genres.
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Related artist(s): Bill Bruford / Earthworks
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