John Roulat - Drums and Percussion
Bone born by an idea by Hugh Hopper to collaborate with Nick Didkovsky. They
then began a long term musical exchange that began to build a body of ideas.
It was just about then that Nick called me and asked if i would be
interested in doing the drums / percussion. The timing was right and
I thought it would be great to musically reconnect with Nick and to work
Just for the record,
I did play with Nick a long, long, time ago. We actually went to high
school together and were in the same grade. We met in our Freshman
(or was it sophomore?) year. he had a small band and so did I. One
night we decided to merge and become a mega rock sensation. That did
work out and what settled was that Nick and some key members ended up creating
a group that held together until graduation parted Nick from our company.
incidentally, the other guitar player was Chris Murphy and you will
hear him on the third cut solo section with Nick. After two years Nick
was working on a music project at Brown University and asked me to perform
on a piece called "Canidra." That was that musically. We have
kept in touch through out the years. I have been performing and working
with Forever Einstein since then with great enjoyment. In the pause
between Einstein projects this came up. Here is how it played out.
Nick began sending
rough mixes of the pieces to both Hugh and I. By the way, Hugh lives
in England, Nick lives in Manhattan, and I live in the high hills of Connecticut
(same area Nick and I grew up in). hugh began sending us his pieces.
Thus began a long distance compositional relationship. I mention
on the CD that it was like playing a long distance chess game. Compositional
moves were made, considered, responded to and the process resumed. The
good part was
that you could easily see where a process like this would melt down in a
barrage of egos, missed communications, frustrations or just the fade of
time. Not so with this project. There seemed to me to be an inherit
trust among all the members to go with the direction and flow. I used
great leeway with most of the pieces.
If you look at some of the studio
pics from the drum session
you can see that I used a considerable array of drums and percussion. I
have included a spreadsheet
of the expected use for them that I used as a guide. You
will note in this spreadsheet that the CD titles are not used. This
is due to my use of the CDs I was working with. After getting so many
versions of material I found it easier (lazier) to reference tracks on my
master CDs of material. Also, what is on the spreadsheet may not be
how the piece was performed - attribute this to normal studio experiences
- try, listen, change, listen, accept.
My tracks were recorded
at Barking Spider Studios (Warren, CT) in October of 2002. Set up occurred
on Friday night with Recording on Saturday and Sunday. I had a great
session and enjoyed the material. I must also mention my thanks and
appreciation to Marty Carlson (owner and engineer) who is responsible for
the "sound" that I was looking for. Thanks again Marty for all the
hours (many of them late) in getting this project completed.
Here are some details
for those interested.
used here are made by DW. I chose a number of different snares but
the one used most frequently was a 1970's Fibes clear snare. It is
very loud and has a crack that, up until this project, had a difficult time
finding match. It absolutely fell into place. This is most noted
by the snare in (again) the third piece.
For more pictures or commentary check out information
I will be leaving on the Forever Einstein web site (soooooon). Forever
Einstein is the group that I have been performing in for the last 14 years.
The material is written by my close friend Charles Vrtacek. We
have been collaborating on our impression of prog rock / jazz / whatever
we call it these days..... Like the BONE project, Forever Einstein
has been represented by the Cuneiform label. Which also brings me
to my special thanks to Steve and Joyce Feiganbaum and their staff at Cuneiform.
You guys make a difference and it is appreciated!
More information ? - find it here at www.forevereinstein.com/john
Interested in emailing? firstname.lastname@example.org