Christmas 2013, I sent out almost fifty messages to musicians on three
continents giving details of some rules, and the rhythm tracks that
had been allocated to them, for the second Add Rhythm Sampler compilation:
and thank you for taking part in the ADD RHYTHM SAMPLER 2 compilation.
rhythm x has been chosen for you using the updated Krishna Tombola
System. We hope you will enjoy the particular challenges that this
rhythm will afford to a musician of yr talent. You may download and
record your track using any of the four speeds of this rhythm: 16,
33, 45 or 78rpm. The track was originally intended to be played at
45rpm, and 33rpm also works very well, but more adventurous artists
may wish to attempt one of the more extreme speeds: 16rpm or 78rpm.
rhythm must be used whole and without editing, pitch shifting, timestretching
and certainly not reversed. A little EQ is permissable and it is allowed
that a recording may precede the beginning of the rhythm, or carry
on after it has ended.
is a certain amount of surface crackle on the tracks - you may keep
this in or minimise it depending on where yr aesthetic takes you.
regards to instrumentation or style: entirely up you. Whether you
choose to record a klezmercore power ballad or a water buffalo lowing
along to the beat: it's yr trip man!
should be submitted by midnight (UK time) on 31/1/14 in mp3 format,
and will appear properly credited on a downloadable compilation on
of you who have been paying attention to the world of bespoke technique-based
compilations will know that earlier in 2013 I collected twenty-seven
tracks from musicians for the first Add Rhythm Sampler compilation.
compilation was based upon a very simple concept: I had found two 7
singles recorded in 1967 on the Harrow-based Ad Rhythm record label.
They contained four rhythms each in a variety of different dance styles
of the era. These records were volumes one and three of Add Rhythm (note
the two Ds here in contrast with the record labels name) entitled:
Pop Time and Dance Time respectively. They were intended for musicians
who found themselves without a drummer and we are told that they were
"the most effective practice aid a musician ever had".
I proposed the compilation online it caused some excitement, which to
my surprise actually prompted a number of musicians to submit some very
good tracks based upon these rhythms. The result on the first Add Rhythm
Sampler is there for all to see. And it was generally agreed amongst
those twenty-seven musicians who had submitted tracks that this was
all good fun and that we should do it again.
one of those musicians, a certain Cathy Lucas, went one stage further
and acquired the holy grail of the Add Rhythm project: the lost volume
two entitled Latin American. Plans were put in place for a second volume.
were fewer rhythms on this compilation than on volume one, but where
on the original Add Rhythm Sampler tracks were only allocated as 33
or 45rpm, on this iteration artists could choose between 16, 33, 45
and 78rpm. The more extreme speeds -16rpm was excruciatingly slow and
78 was very fast indeed - were only taken up as a challenge in a few
cases but often with exciting results.
that the tracks are in, once again I find myself once again dazzled
by these bizarre, exotic riches. Listening through these tracks is like
a glimpse into over two dozen alternate worlds, alternate interpretations
of four latin rhythms, but more than that, a glimpse into the working
processes of some highly imaginative minds and some deeply unorthodox
all that remains is to thank the Add Rhythm All Stars once again for
their music. And it is my pleasure to present for you the Bossa Boogaloo.