The Rhythms of Vocal and Hand Percussion

John Belcher

The Sound According to John (Innova Recordings innova643, 2005)

John Belcher has recorded an album of intriguing percussion works.
When one thinks of percussion, drums and hand held instruments come to
mind, but there is also a great tradition of vocal percussion, well
known in India. Belzer uses it in some of his pieces. He also uses
voice loops and experimentation, combined with a wide variety of
percussion instruments.

The sound is hard to define. It’s definitely not traditional world
music, but it does have world elements. there are also contemporary
classical influences. Belcher is a drummer, composer, and
self-described rhythmologist. The tracks on The Sound have elements of
swing, samba, old, old school rap, West African, Indian and Balinese
music traditions, and mathematics. Along with being a musician, Belcher
is a mathematician.

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.