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-The Art of Finger Drumming- by Clockwerk

  • Location: GRETCHEN / Berlin
  • Symposium: 2017
  • Event: Sample Music Festival
  • Topic: Finger Drumming

Finger Drumming is an art form that has revolutionized the way we create and perform music live. It's an incredibly precise and fluid way of playing beats on a midi controller. Pioneered by hip-hop producers utilizing the iconic Roland TR-808 drum machine, finger drumming has become an exciting and creative way to generate live beats. Through the combination of traditional drumming techniques with cutting-edge technology, artists have been able to create innovative grooves and rhythms that have captivated audiences all over the world.

An accomplished finger drummer is able to expand their range of expression beyond the confines of only step sequencing or programming. They can unlock the full potential of the pads, allowing for a much more intuitive and creative approach to music production. With this technique, families of sounds, beats, and phrases are at the fingertips of producers, enabling them to shape their own musical destiny.

Clockwerk is a pioneering force in Germany's streetperformance finger drumming culture. He has been tapped to represent esteemed companies such as Ableton and AKAI, and was invited to give a talk at the 2017 Sample Music Festival. In it, he recounted his adventures in finger drumming and discussed his passion for this new, innovative method of music-making.

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