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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

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.