Yamaha Recording Custom birchwood shells (purchased 1990): 8×8 + 10×8 rack toms, 15×13 floor, 18×14 bass, 14×6.5 snare. Cymbals currently in use: 14″ Meinl Byzance Sand Hi Hats, 18″ Supernatural Heritage Series cymbal, 20″ K Zildjian Constantinople Medium Thin Ride Low. Remo Heads: coated Ambassadors on tom batters and kick; clear diplomats on tom resonant side; coated Emperor on snare + Ambassador Hazy Snare-Side. Sticks: Vic Firth 7A wood tip (usually) + Regal tip classic brushes + Vic Firth T1 General mallets. Kevin Shea proudly endorses the drum set of life.

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Every part of the drum set can and should be used to make sound, just as every part of the human body works together to walk/run/dance. I didn’t purchase my drums to focus on their resale value or treat them like furniture. I explore conventionally-manifested sounds and sounds using unorthodox techniques. I have been playing the same drum set for nearly 30 years, yet I am only 12 years old. I am interested in the chance-choreography of an instrument in collapse…the subsequent sounds created while focusing on object negotiation/movement…

 




…object-determined chance-choreography…

 




Fast forward to minute 14 of the below video to see object-determined chance-choreography…or don’t and continue to cry in the corner like a little baby …