Chris Cameron - The Multi-dexterity Project

  'The Multi-dexterity Project' was the culmination of two years of artistic research and the completion of a Master of Arts (Music Performance) degree at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

The aim of the project was to explore the possibilities of multi-dexterity (an even performance ability across all four limbs) and how they might contribute to the ongoing development of drum kit performance.

The main focus was on interchanging the roles of each limb across all limb combinations, which created twenty-four possible permutations. The jazz tradition was used as a framework, with the final outcome being a series of performed works each featuring different combinations of limb permutations in an ensemble context.

To make the interchanging of roles possible, each limb was given the same four options: ride cymbal, hi-hat, snare drum and bass drum, with each repeated element having a contrasting pitch or resonance. This created twenty-four different sonic variations of the traditional roles of the limbs to choose from during performance.

Check out Chris' YouTube channel to view a selection of the performances.

Multi-dexterous Drum Kit Setup (2016)

Right Hand
20 Craig Lauritsen Custom Ride Cymbal
14 Zildjian K Hi-Hats
10x5.5 Gretsch Catalina Maple Snare Drum
20x16 Sleishman Pro Series Bass Drum

Left Hand
19 Craig Lauritsen Custom Ride Cymbal
15 Zildjian K Light Hi-Hats
12x5 Gretsch Snare Drum
18x14 Sleishman Pro Series Bass Drum

Right Foot
22 Craig Lauritsen Custom Ride Cymbal
12 Zildjian A Special Recording Hi-Hats
13x6 Mapex MPX Series Snare Drum
16x14 Sleishman Pro Series Bass Drum

Left Foot
21 Craig Lauritsen Custom Ride Cymbal
13 Zildjian K/Z Dyno Beat Hi-Hats
14x6 Malmborg Custom Snare Drum
14x12 Sleishman Pro Series Bass Drum


Click the image above to view the exegesis: Exploring Applications of Multi-dexterity in Drum Kit Performance.