Brian Viglione’s Homemade NIN Drum Kit

Brian Viglione’s Homemade NIN Drum Kit


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 on Make:. This was the kit that 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 is a freelance 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 to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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