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One of my favorite drummers, Brian Viglione, of Dresden Dolls, posted this brief video tour on his Facebook page of a drum kit he built from junk. He was kind enough to post it to YouTube so that I could share it here. This was the kit he used on the tracks he worked on for the NIN Ghosts I-IV project (Dec 2007). Brian writes:

I showed up at Trent’s house for the first day of recording and said he thought a “fun art project for the day” would be to have me build a drum kit out of found objects and whatever I could piece together that afternoon and then improvise on it that night. I spent the afternoon on the hunt and put it all together that evening. When it was all ready, he gave me the headphones and a tempo to follow, and said, “just play what comes to you…”

[Thanks, Brian!]

Brian Viglione NIN “Ghosts” Drum Kit


Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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