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THIS IS WHAT AN 8-MINUTE CONTINUOUS DRUM SOLO UP AN ENTIRE BROOKLYN BUILDING LOOKS LIKE

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Check out this video of Blotted Science drummer Charlie Zeleny (also of Behold… The Arctopus, Jordan Rudess, and more) playing an 8-minute drum solo while climbing up the floors of a Brooklyn building in one continuous take (!!!). At first I was all “Come on, really? Corny,” but he totally sells it… really cool concept:

Now check out this video of Charlie’s bandmate Ron Jarzombek explaining his “12-tone system” approach to writing music. These kinds of videos give fodder to trolls who argue that this style of theory-based writing and technicality are too scientific and take the “soul” out of metal. I beg to differ; much like a chef can enhance his kitchen concoctions with an extensive understanding of ingredients and their qualities, a  songwriter can use this sort of knowledge of the scientific underpinnings of music theory to help construct better, more cohesive songs. It’s certainly not necessary — I, for one, often just throw a bunch of food and spices together in the kitchen to see what happens, and it usually comes out quite delicious — but there are definitely times I wished I knew a bit more about what’s what. Check out the video, which I think even those of you who aren’t musicians will appreciate:

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