for solo drumkit

Nicole Lizée
Nicole Lizée
Composition Date: 2009
Duration: 00:15:00
Genre: Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, No Keyboard


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Drum
Programme Note:
Ringer is an assimilation of divergent influences and their refraction through the prism of recontextualization. The end result is intended to be at once familiar and alien.

Characteristics of electronica extend into the percussion writing. Sections of the piece are constructed as acoustic emulations of a drum machine or sampler that begins to behave erratically. Intricate and unusual loops and patterns are set up and gradually twist and mutate. Grooves gradually take shape and eventually become spliced or chopped up and reassembled into a different order. Fragmented melodies slowly develop and come to the forefront, floating overtop of the other layers or steams of frenetic rhythmic activity. Over time, the theme reveals itself. Sections of the piece are influenced by Prefuse 73, Oval, Autechre and early synth-pop pioneers such as Yazoo and Human League, where distinct melodies and harmonies have definite presence in a primarily dance based context. The emphasis is on rhythm and danceable beats, but well-constructed melodies also have definite importance.

The work also reflects a fusing of roles: groove and melody synthesize and become one. The brain is split: one player is responsible for both melody and rhythm. Under usual circumstances there are two players, each assigned to a particular instrument or function. This situation reflects electronica, where both are taken care of by one player or DJ, overseeing a multitude of machines

A section of the work is constructed around renowned drummer Steve Gadd’s paradiddle. This concept forms the basis for the section and is appropriated and extended into the glockenspiel/drum kit combination. Here (and in several other sections of the work) the glockenspiel overtakes or replaces other typical members of the drum set, namely the snare. In place of what would usually be pitchless accents and articulations, melodic fragments are formed, while maintaining the snare’s rhythmic function.

Composed in Montreal 2008-2009
Dedicated to Ben Reimer
(and Steve Gadd)

N. L.

This work was commissioned by Ben Reimer with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Premiere Information:
03 mars 2009, Brandon New Music Festival, Lorne Watson Recital Hall, Brandon, Manitoba; Ben Reimer, drum.


  • Call Number:
  • MI 7110 L789rin
  • Genre:
  • Percussion, Solo / Ensemble, No Keyboard
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 3, 2010
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • 1 score (ix, 23 p.) ;
    32 Pages
    Height: 32 cm
    Width: 24 cm
  • Additional Information:
  • Solo drumkit (including glockenspiel):

    Sizzle Cymbal
    Ride Cymbal
    Splash Cymbal
    Sizzle Hi-Hat (Right)
    Hi-Hat Ord. (Left)
    Cabasa (mounted)
    Snare drum
    Double pedal bass (kick) drum

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