There are explanations throughout the drum solo to show how it was constructed. I would say this might be more appealing for musicians, because it basically is a way to riff on something by looking at different data as notation. Here's what I used. http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2011_08_15_lanmlb_milmlb_1&mode=gameday - and I literally just stuck to this type of thing:
I divided the solo into 8 parts, with each inning Wolf pitched.
Do not worry too much if you do not follow or care for baseball! I'm working on trying to someday reenact games (by working in more of the PITCHF/x data to show more of the spin, vertical/horizontal movement, maybe (just a thought) - using the release points as different dynamics. Who knows. Would also love to do counterpoint with what is happening with the hitter, and on the field.
For baseball fans, I'd say maybe this would still be fun. Along with learning about drumming and improvising (and, it's basically spontaneous composing), it doesn't hurt to learn!* For those expecting a very strict adherence to the pitch types, you'll probably notice I used the FC (cutter) by just dividing it into two 8th notes. Just splitting the quarter note! The SL (slider) is just scraping the stick across the cymbal. Probably you will get a better idea from me about how I look at the changeup (ch) and fastball, and curveball. The Changeup is me keeping straight time with the hi-hats, while playing in and out of time with the sticks and kick drum. The curve ball is a neat technique used by drummers where you use your hand to put pressure on the drum head, and hit it with the stick on the other hand, and get a bending sound.
* = Except, these two people are very advanced drummers https://twitter.com/jdbranno / https://twitter.com/noah_sherman, - just to give props where props are due! I hope there are some more damn drummers who will speak up. I love the drums. A lot of people really think they're neat, and I see people air-drumming a lot.
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Anyhow, using raw data and assigning musical values to it has definitely helped me to open up with my playing, in the short time I've messed around with it.
As for the layout, after I explain the various pitch/sound values in a monotone voice and say a bit about the particular game/what it meant to me, I go through Wolf's* sequences twice. Rather, I play two solos. The first time, I play it a whole bar for each pitch (you can assume I mean thrown pitch, unless I say otherwise).
The second time around, I cut the time in half, and it sounds somewhat musical. It's kind of helped me play better. So, I'm happy. I've done similar things before with looking at text. Sometimes, it isn't anything really specific. It could just be quietly saying the words out loud and playing whatever comes to mind simultaneously, or, it could be looking at the number of syllables and assigning values to that. One time, I even looked over a crossword puzzle a few times and played while I got a feel for what the puzzle would be. Not that it was anything specific, but it actually helped me sit down and solve the puzzle.
*=(I should say the whole team, not just Wolf, provided the entertainment. And probably even the Dodgers for running into outs. Let's see...the forgettable and replaceable Josh Wilson (although he does look like one of the Kids in the Hall. I forget his name...it's not Bruce. Maybe if there's a David?) - started a triple play for the 2nd time in his career - There were maybe 4 other double plays. If not four, it was definitely 3! Wolf got some great swings and misses, though, too. 2011 was such a fun year, as well). I'm probably going to watch the condensed game, if it's up, as soon as I post this thing! Or, maybe not. I might get dizzy.
artwork is Randy Wolf w/ George Kottaras, but the Fonz is there, because Randy always has looked like Ron Howard, to me. Geoff Jenkins and Brett Favre, too. But I think of Ron Howard first for some reason!
For people unfamiliar with PITCHF/x data is, here is a great place to start. http://www.fangraphs.com/library/misc/pitch-fx/) - if you compose, and love using different types of graphic notation, you may very well like this!
Once again, here's the gameday link, if you want to try and follow what I'm playing with the pitches. Baseball sight reading :-)
Hope this is fun for people, and, maybe helpful!
- Instructional Exercise