Travis Orbin - Ruemora Session - "Phoenix Odyssey" (Instrumental)





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Published on Jul 21, 2013


Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Ruemora is a metal side project featuring members of Dyed In Grey. I tracked two tunes for 'em in April of this year. Ruemora is currently working on their debut release and vocals will be a featured component. However, much like the drum session vids for the DIG full-length, this is an 'instrumental drum mix' to help get the word out and generate some interest. I supplied Adam (Edgemont) with my own wet mix and he integrated it with the other instruments.

This piece was presented to me via Guitar Pro without a drum part. The A sections are very interesting, rhythmically. Adam explained to me that he took a riff written by Mark (Wellington, vocalist) and rephrased it in dotted eighths. This led to a multitude of time signatures, from 9-8 and 12-8 to more outlandish stuff like 21-16 and 23-16. Upon hearing this, I sought to defuse the potential jerkiness and superimpose various grooves and feels over the top by way of metric modulation. The simple drum intro supplies listeners with an easy pulse to sink into and it eventually becomes more complicated, but -- hopefully -- without losing the groove.

It truly straightens out for the B and C sections until the reprise of the A section riff. I changed up the groove yet again, then sank back into a few of the original bars. For an extra challenge, I tracked this whole section (1:09 - 3:38) with my metronome rather than a custom click track. This placed the downbeat on the 4th 16th-note after the bar of 9-16 (m55), then the 8th-note upbeat after the bar of 5-16 (m64). Fun stuff!

For the ending, I punched in to change my 'stack' out for a splash cymbal. Check out the crescendoed 16th quintuplet rack tom into an 8th triplet orchestration between the kick/floor tom at 3:49. The fill-in at 4:07 references the drum intro for half of the measure then becomes more intense, and the one at 4:24 complements a guitar lick.

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Full drum set transcription:
Tempo = 120 BPM


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